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Dr Maria Kett
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Associate Professor in Humanitarianism and Disability
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr Maria Kett is a social anthropologist by training and has worked in over a dozen countries in Africa and Asia, leading on a number of research programmes on disability and international development.  She is a co-founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (https://www.disabilityinnovation.com/), leading on the humanitarian-focused work. 

Research Summary

Dr Maria Kett has undertaken extensive applied research in the field of disability, international development, with a particular focus on humanitarian settings, global health, human rights, the impact of climate change, poverty alleviation, education and the consequences of social exclusion. She has published widely in the field. Maria has a strong focus on research in conflict and disaster-affected countries and is currently leading a study around access to assistive technology in humanitarian settings, in collaboration with the WHO (part of the AT2030 programme: https://www.disabilityinnovation.com/at2030).

Maria supervises a number of PhD students and would be happy to discuss research options with prospective candidates.

Teaching Summary

Maria is the Programme Director for the MSc Humanitarian Policy and Practice 

01-MAY-2020 Associate Professor Institute of Epidemiology & Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2017 Honorary Reader in Disability and Development Epidemiology and Public Health University College London, United Kingdom
2005 – 2017 Honorary Lecturer Institute of Global Health University College London, United Kingdom
2003 – 2007 Research Fellow Leonard Cheshire Centre for Conflict Recovery University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2002   Doctor of Philosophy School of Oriental and African Studies
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