Research Associate, Centre on Global Health Security
Rachel Thompson
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+44 (0)20 7314 3656


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 

2014-15MSc Public Health in Developing Countries, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; member of the School’s Ebola Task Force
2013-14Research Fellow, Population Services International

NGO Project Manager, Somalia/Somaliland

2010-12MSc Development Studies (part-time), Birkbeck College, University of London
2010-11Team Coordinator, British Red Cross
2009-10Field officer, Australian Red Cross
2006-09BSc Anthropology, University College London