Karl Blanchet is a Senior Lecturer on health systems Research. Karl is also co-founder and coordinator of the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group. Karl is also one of the Theme Leaders of The Centre for Evaluation.
Karl has a background in public health and extensive experience in health system strengthening in Asia (Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nepal) and Africa (Niger, Rwanda, Ghana, Togo, Mali, Somaliland). He has 15-years of experience working with humanitarian NGOs, including in Cambodia during the Khmer rouge, the war in Sarajevo, the genocide in Rwanda, in Palestine and more recently in Lebanon. He is currently working in Lebanon with Syrian refugees documenting Syrian-led initiatives in health.
Karl has specific interests in studying resilience issues in global health and more specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries. Karl has developed innovative research approaches based on complexity science, system thinking and social network analysis. Karl also applied innovation theories to understand the routinisation process of health interventions. Karl was one of the contributors of the Chapter on General Health Care of the World Report on Disability published by the World Health Organisation and is now a member of the Expert Committee at WHO on rehabilitation guidelines. Karl was also the lead evaluator of the global strategy of the Physical Rehabilitation Programme and the Special Fund for the Disabled of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).