The humanitarian health ethics (hhe) research group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners collaborating together since 2009 with the aim of helping to clarify the ethical issues that are present in humanitarian healthcare practice. Our research benefits humanitarian and military healthcare practitioners, organizational policy makers, aid agencies and recipients of aid. 

The humanitarian healthcare ethics (hhe) research group is co-led by Drs. Lisa Schwartz (McMaster University, Hamilton) and Matthew Hunt (McGill University, Montreal). McMaster University-affiliated members of the group include Carrie Bernard, Sonya de Laat, Laurie Elit, Leigh-Anne Gillespie, Elysée Nouvet, and Julia Pemberton. The McGill-affiliated group members include Renaud Boulanger, Anushree Dave, John Pringle and Catherine Tansey. Over the years the research group has also benefited from the involvement of former HHE students.

Photo of hhe team members taken around campfire at December 2014 team retreat
Team Retreat, December 2014: (l-r) Sonya de Laat, Nancy Johnson, John Pringle, Carrie Bernard, Matthew Hunt, Lisa Schwartz, Elysée Nouvet, Lynda Redwood-Campbell, Laurie Elit and Leigh-Anne Gillespie

Lisa Schwartz

Photo of Lisa SchwartzLisa Schwartz is the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics with the Faculty of Health Sciences, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Associate Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), and Associate Member of the Department of Philosophy, at McMaster University.

Matthew Hunt

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Matthew Hunt is an Associate Professor and the Director of Research in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, as well as a researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and an affiliate member of the McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit and Institute for Health and Social Policy. Previously, he has worked as a physiotherapist in Montreal, the Canadian arctic, North Africa and the Balkans. 

Lynda Redwood-Campbell

Photo of Lynda Redwood-CampbellLynda Redwood-Campbell has research and scholarly interests in the areas of global health, immigrant/refugee health and humanitarian response. After completing her medical degree (MD) and residency, she earned a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from The London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, (UK). She also completed her Masters in Public Health (International Health) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was elected into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in the USA.

Laurie Elit

Photo of Laurie ElitLaurie Elit is a Full Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, cross-appointed to the Departments of Oncology and Clinic Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. She is a gynecologic oncologist at the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre and Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Elysée Nouvet

nouvet-bio-photoElysée Nouvet is an Assistant Professor in Global Health at Western University in London, Ontario, and also a co-lead of HHE research group. Trained as a cultural and medical anthropologist, her research explores how cultural norms, values, and power relations shape representations of and responses to disease and suffering.

John Pringle

John Pringle - Photo - smlJohn Pringle, BScN, MSc, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in humanitarian health ethics at McGill University, and Vice Chair of the MSF Ethics Review Board. John completed a PhD in Public Health and Bioethics at the University of Toronto, and he is a Registered Nurse (BScN, McMaster University) and epidemiologist (MSc, Queen’s University).

Carrie Bernard

Photo of Carrie BernardCarrie Bernard is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and is the Associate Program Director, Curriculum and Remediation in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed her MPH in Community Health and Epidemiology with a focus in Global Health in 2012. 

Kevin Bezanson


Dr. Bezanson is a Lecturer, Division of Palliative Care, Dept of Family Medicine, University of Toronto, and works  as a ‎Palliative and Supportive Care Physician for the ‎Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. He moved to Thunder Bay after having worked as an Academic Family Physician Practicing in Palliative Care, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mt Sinai Hospital, Toronto.

Sonya de Laat

Sonya de Laat (MA Anthropology) has always been curious about visual culture as it relates to human engagement with each other and the world. Greatly influenced by this curiosity, she has developed photographic skills and visual theory knowledge to apply in her academic and artistic pursuits.

Leigh-Anne Gillespie

Photo of Leigh Anne GillespieLeigh-Anne Gillespie earned an MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University before joining the Health Policy PhD program in September 2011. She has a keen interest in policy and international health. Supervised by Dr Lisa Schwartz, her research will focus on better understanding policy development in aid organizations, and ethical issues in disaster response and complex humanitarian emergencies in low-income countries.

Julia Pemberton

65b9206b-9305-46f6-81b6-7bfedb4842be@fhsadmin_csu_mcmaster_caJulia Pemberton, B.H.Sc., M.Sc., intends for her doctoral research to develop new ways to think about global health research governance. Governance is the way political, ethical, administrative, and financial authority applies to a health research system, and is an important part of how these systems are organized and managed, and how they perform.

Catherine Tansey

Photo of Catherine TanseyCatherine Tansey is a research associate at McGill University.  She recently completed her doctorate at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.  Her thesis explored research ethics review of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)-related protocols during the outbreak in Toronto.

Anushree Dave

Photo of Anushree DaveAnushree Dave is currently pursuing an MSc in Bioethics at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Hunt.  She completed her undergraduate work in Health Science (with a focus on Health Policy) at Western University and has experience working in the pharmaceutical industry doing subject recruitment and clinical trial marketing. During her time as an undergraduate, as well as in the industry, she developed a keen interest in learning about the ethics that guide research involving humans. Her current research focuses on ethical transparency and reproducibility of disaster research and humanitarian aid.

Gautham Krishnaraj

Gautham Krishnaraj holds an MSc in Global Health from McMaster University, where he was a Royal Bank of Canada Students Leading Change Scholar and National Youth Engagement Advisor to the Canadian Red Cross. He was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Research and McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Award of Excellence for his thesis on palliative care in humanitarian contexts, undertaken as part of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group.