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MSc workshop: What happens next? Research in humanitarian emergencies

Dr Venables is returning to CAS to deliver a workshop on the role of qualitative research in humanitarian emergencies and how has this field developed within MSF. Emilie completed her MSc and PhD in African Studies in CAS in 2009 and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to work as a senior researcher with the University of the Witwatersrand in the field of HIV prevention.

Dr Venables will discuss the need for qualitative research and anthropological insight, as well as the practicalities of conducting research within humanitarian emergencies as part of her workshop for CAS and ID MSc students on 19th April. 

Using case studies from the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014, the recent migration crisis in Europe and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr Venables will discuss the relationship between research, communications and advocacy and how study findings can be disseminated, and why.

She will also discuss the ethics of conducting research within a humanitarian context, and consider the relationship between operational research and academia.

About the speaker

Dr Venables completed her MSc and PhD in African Studies in CAS in 2009, following previous studies at the University of Cambridge and SOAS. Following her PhD, Emilie moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to work as a senior researcher with the University of the Witwatersrand in the field of HIV prevention.

She joined Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2012 as an anthropologist, and has worked with them on issues such as Ebola and HIV in contexts including Liberia, Kenya and South Africa.

She is now MSF Belgium’s Mobile Implementation Officer for qualitative research, conducting studies in countries including Lebanon, DRC, Mozambique, South Africa, Italy and Cambodia. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, migration, sex-work and Ebola.

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