Institute for International Health and Development (IIHD), Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Our multidisciplinary team has a long-standing commitment to addressing health care challenges in areas of conflict, poverty and vulnerability…”

Member profile

Our work is distinctive in melding academic with professional and practice perspectives, specifically in:

  • placing social and structural determinants of health at its core
  • examining the dynamic role of actors in health systems around the world
  • bridging international and UK-based work on the links between poverty, vulnerability, and health
  • elucidating the specific challenges faced by health systems in conflict or fragile states
  • bridging psychosocial and physical health domains
  • emphasising capacity building through training, research, and partnerships

Main activities

Our overall aim is to build capacity and empower those we work with to pursue social change for health.

Our objectives are:

  • to deliver high quality teaching and learning programmes that equip and inspire participants to pursue social development approaches
  • to participate in excellent research partnerships that inform progress in social development
  • to actively engage in small-scale as well as international development partnerships that equip and empower participants to enable social and policy change

Links to the health workforce crisis

Our area of work on Human Resources for Health: Building coherent national and global leadership for health workforce solutions. Ensuring capacity for an informed response based on evidence and joint learning. Scaling up health worker education and training. Retaining an effective – responsive and equitably distributed health workforce. Managing the pressures of the international health workforce market and its impact on migration. Securing additional and more productive investment in the health workforce.

Alignment with Alliance core objectives: Promote the adoption of coherent policies and investment decisions through advocacy to strategic constituencies. Promote the adoption of coherent policies and investment decisions through stewarding a global HRH agenda. Foster interaction for more effective HRH coordination – policy dialogue and actions across different sectors and constituencies in society – including government and private sectors – civic society and professional associations. Monitor and report on HRH developments and commitments through a process of accountability underpinned by cutting-edge intelligence and analysis.

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