Getting people in a room together to discuss, learn and network is invaluable to moving global health forward.

Join us at our seminal Global Health Research Seminar Series, where leading researchers in global health present their latest work and hold an open discussion. By exploring the best in current research, the series builds perspective on the direction of global health research more broadly.

We also host Journal Club, Lunch & Learns, guest lectures, panels, showcases, discussions, presentations, publication launches, film screenings and more.

All events are free, open to the public, and are BYOF (Bring-Your-Own-Food), unless otherwise noted.


Moral Entanglement and the Ethics of Closing Humanitarian Healthcare Projects | External Event
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm
Moral Entanglement and the Ethics of Closing Humanitarian Healthcare Projects | External Event @ the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal

Speaker: Matthew Hunt (McGill University) 

Presented by The Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Humanitarian organizations and their staff regularly make and implement decisions to close humanitarian health projects that were initiated in situations of disaster, war or epidemic. Such decisions are frequently challenging to make, and may be contested within organizations. Indeed, they have been described as among the most ethically fraught aspects of this field of practice. In this presentation, I draw on interviews with humanitarian workers, a review of the literature, and Richardson’s concept of moral entanglements, to consider the following questions: What is ethically at stake when organizations decide to close a humanitarian project? And, how can humanitarian organizations implement ethical exit strategies? Closing projects is an inescapable aspect of humanitarian healthcare – indeed, almost all humanitarian projects will come to an end. Careful attention to obligations toward local communities and project partners during project closure is therefore a vital component of ethical humanitarian action.

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NOTE: This is not a DIGHR event.

Evidence gaps in major humanitarian response: SPHERE guidelines for WaSH under review | Discussion
Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Evidence gaps in major humanitarian response: SPHERE guidelines for WaSH under review | Discussion @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

Discussion Question: Can the DIGHR and partners identify specific research priorities which would develop evidence-based guidance for the gaps identified by Frison et al?

Primary reading: Frison et al. (2018) Does the Humanitarian Sector Use Evidence-informed Standards_ A Review of the 2011 Sphere Indicators for Wash, Food Security and Nutrition, and Health Action. PLOS Currents Disasters

Supplementary reading (with particular attention to section 3, the back story of the SPHERE guidelines): Buchanan-Smith et al. (2005). How the sphere project came to be

Led by Dr. Imran Ali, Research Fellow, Global Health & Humanitarianism, DIGHR

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Beyond Borders | Film Viewing
Mar 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Beyond Borders | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

127min | Dir. Martin Campbell | 2003

Watch Angelina Jolie save the children, save her man and harness her Girl Power™ in a film that might have asked interesting ethical questions but does a whole lot of other things instead.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Research Trip Report Back: Health of Displaced People in Central America | Lunch & Learn
Apr 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Research Trip Report Back: Health of Displaced People in Central America | Lunch & Learn @ Dahdaleh Institute Boardroom

Community Scholar Linn Biorklund Belliveau recently returned from Mexico, where she conducted research on the health of Honduran migrants in Mexico, towards her major project Health of Displaced People in the Context of Climate Change & Restrictive Migration Policies.

Migrants from Northern Central America seeking refuge in Mexico are affected by the intersection of environmental degradation; trends in state policy which increasingly diverge from international norms; and the criminalisation of transnational humanitarian spaces.

In this Lunch and Learn, Linn will present an initial analysis of how these determinants endanger personal safety, health and dignity. She will share impressions from a recent visit to the southern Mexican state Tabasco. Three areas will be explored:
*Effects of prolonged droughts and a coffee-plant epidemic in western Honduras
*Mexican immigration politics - including decreased border controls and increased use of humanitarian visas - since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office 
*Insecurities along the Guatemala-Mexico border, and the Mexico-US border hampering access to humanitarian assistance and protection

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Image Credit: (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images) Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the U.S., hold a demonstration demanding authorities to allow the rest of the group to cross, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, Mexico after crossing from Guatemala, on Oct. 20, 2018.

Information Design for the Common Good | Lunch & Learn
Aug 8 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Information Design for the Common Good | Lunch & Learn @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute Offices

Designers are increasingly involved in the world of social good. Traditionally installed in commercial sectors, they are now collaborating with scientists, researchers and others non-designers with their own knowledge-base and processes. These interdisciplinary encounters are often new, exciting and challenging.

Drawing on her experiences of this phenomenon, and on the research behind her upcoming book Information Design for the Common Good, Courtney Marchese will lead a Lunch & Learn on interdisciplinary design collaboration in global health.

Courtney Marchese is a professional designer with over a decade of experience specializing in data visualizations, information graphics, UX design, and usability studies. She is also an Associate Professor of Graphic + Interactive Design, teaching a wide range of design theory, research, and technical skills at the undergraduate and graduate level.