Research Associate, Centre on Global Health Security
Rachel Thompson
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Rachel Thompson joined the Centre on Global Health Security in May 2016. She 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 time spent in East Africa (Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania), Thailand and India. In Somaliland, she worked on health system strengthening, while also undertaking independent research on reproductive health issues in this post-conflict setting. As a research fellow for Population Services International, Rachel managed field research projects across East Africa, as well as writing numerous reports and papers on public health challenges in the region. At Chatham House her focus will now be on issues around healthcare in conflict, leading the development of the Centre’s new Healthcare Anatomy of Conflict project. Rachel holds a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and two Masters degrees in Development Studies and Public Health, all from the University of London. 


  • Medical humanitarianism
  • Public health in low and middle income countries
  • Anthropology of Ebola and other infectious diseases
  • Field research design and implementation
  • Qualitative research methodologies and analysis 



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