Rachel Thompson is an anthropologist who has a background in humanitarian work, international development and public health research.
Rachel has previously worked with the Red Cross Movement and several NGOs, including significant time in the field in Africa and Asia.
She has conducted research on a range of global health topics including family planning in Somalia, Kenya and India, malaria in Tanzania and the Greater Mekong Sub-region, the Ebola response in Sierra Leone, and universal health coverage in Ghana.
At Chatham House she focuses on issues around healthcare in conflict, leading the Centre on Global Health Security’s work in this area.
Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and two Masters degrees in Development Studies and Public Health, all from the University of London.
- Conflict and health
- Public health in low and middle income countries
- Medical anthropology
- Qualitative research
Research Consultant, Population Services International
|2014-15||MSc Public Health in Developing Countries, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; member of the School’s Ebola Task Force|
|2013-14||Research Fellow, Population Services International|
NGO Project Manager, Somalia/Somaliland
|2010-12||MSc Development Studies (part-time), Birkbeck College, University of London|
|2010-11||Team Coordinator, British Red Cross|
|2009-10||Field officer, Australian Red Cross|
|2006-09||BSc Anthropology, University College London|
- Yemen’s Health Crisis: How The World’s Largest Cholera Outbreak Unfolded 02 November 2017
- Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak Can Be Stopped 13 June 2017
- Healthcare Should Not Become a Casualty of War 20 April 2017