Sabah Boufkhed

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PhD projects

Health and Labour exploitation (from precarious work to modern slavery)
Improving preparedness and response to public health emergencies - Social determinant of health approach
Palliative care in humanitarian/conflict settings
Methodology to include excluded, overlooked or marginalised groups

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Dr Sabah Boufkhed is currently a Lecturer in Global Health at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at The University of Manchester. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London’s Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care and Rehabilitation.

Sabah is an interdisciplinary global health researcher committed to social justice. Her research topics include preparedness and response to public health emergencies, labour exploitation and migrant workers’ health, and global palliative care.  In particular, Sabah supports a human-centred and social determinant of health approach to improve preparedness and response to public health emergencies.


She is currently a co-investigator on the T-AP project “Who Cares? Rebuilding Care in a Post-Pandemic World”, which is a 6-country consortium (Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, UK, USA) funded by the UKRI-ESRC for the UK part. Sabah and her colleague at UCL-IRDR's Centre for Gender and Disasters leads on an innovative mixed-methods study on care workers’ labour conditions and exploitation and their impact on health during the pandemic in six countries in Europe and the Americas.


Sabah is actively engaged outside of Academia. She co-founded organisations aiming at empowering and supporting women and ‘minorities’ in science and academia, is a Trustee for an NGO in Global Health and Development and a migration expert for an international development think-tank.


Main research interests include:
- preparedness and response to (public health) emergencies
- labour exploitation and migrant workers' health
- palliative care in conflict-affected settings

Expertise in mixed-methods and interdisciplinary research; quantitative and qualitative participatory methods (low- to high-income countries) and implementation science.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Public Health , London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Award Date: 29 Dec 2019

Master of Arts, Master’s degree in International & European Law, specialisation in Humanitarian Action & Law, Institute of International Humanitarian Studies, Université Paul Cézanne, Aix-Marseille III

Award Date: 15 Dec 2010

Master in Science, Master’s degree in Public Health, specialisation in Epidemiology, Institut de Santé Publique, d'Epidémiologie et de Développement (ISPED) - Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux II, France

Award Date: 15 Jun 2009

Bachelor of Science, Licence’s Degree in Sciences and Technology, specialisation in Life Sciences, Universite de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)

Award Date: 15 Jun 2007

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow at the Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care and Rehabilitation, King's College London

Oct 2021 → …

Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Gender and Disaster, University College London (UCL)

May 2021 → …

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Global Health
  • Global Palliative Care in Crisis settings
  • Labour exploitation
  • Precarious work
  • Modern Slavery
  • Public Health preparedness and response

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
  • Global inequalities


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