SSHAP (the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform) is a programme of work focusing on the social dimensions of emergency responses. As one of the founding aims, they establish a network of social scientists with regional and subject expertise and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration (academic-practitioner, social-medical science). They provide knowledge and evidence on demand, build operational capacity, and share relevant resources through their website.


The platform has provided rapid contextual and social analysis and operational support for a range of emergencies, including recent Ebola outbreaks in DRC, drought, and Cholera epidemics in the Horn of Africa, the Rohingya crisis, Venezuelan migrant movements, and Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.