Public authority and Ebola

How do forms of public authority shape the ability to manage effective public health responses?

The Firoz Lalji Centre conducts research into the political, social and economic circumstances under which outbreaks of Ebola spread and can be contained. By investigating how public authority shapes governance in regions affected by the virus, the research betters equip policymakers to manage health responses based on knowledge of local power relations and popular social attitudes.

"What drives a lack of trust in those attempting to deliver government-sanctioned Ebola control and treatment measures?"

Below is the list of evidence-based research output on Ebola outbreaks by CPAID researchers. These range from academic papers to action-oriented research briefs and blog posts.



CPAID Researchers have contributed to expert advisory groups for the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP), a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies and Anthrologica with support from UNICEF, the Wellcome Trust, DFID and others. SSHAP provides remote support for the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo and preparedness activities in the four neighboring high priority countries (Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi).

The platform has produced a series of rapid operational briefs which focus on key socio-cultural considerations regarding context and local specifics that may influence transmission and response, and present action-orientated recommendations that can be used to shape interventions and engagement. The briefs mesh long-term ethnographic research with issues emerging on the ground and are based on collaborations between international and local researchers, universities and partner institutes.

SSHAP has developed multi-disciplinary expert advisory groups that have specific in-depth knowledge of the geographic areas, at-risk communities and key issues significant to preparedness and response. It ensures that this expertise is readily available to partners both on the ground and globally. Through these advisory groups CPAID researchers have collaborated on the following briefs: