Research & Publications

Our research contributes to ethical guidance for global humanitarian healthcare interventions by providing evidence and resources for ethical practice in contexts of acute emergency and prolonged development. Learn more about our research projects, publications and presentations here.

By elucidating ethical challenges experienced in humanitarian healthcare settings, we aim to provide support for ethical policy and decision-making with insights from host communities, policy analysis and governance of global health research.

Beginning in 2009 with a cluster of qualitative research studies, our multidisciplinary team of researchers swiftly began to see that the studies needed to be pulled together and a programme of research began to grow. Four years on, we invited a collection of scholars and practitioners to meet to help expand the goals of hhe research with the aim of helping to clarify the ethical issues that are present in humanitarian healthcare practice. This community of practice met in Hamilton, Ontario, in November 2012 at the hhe forum, and have since followed up to become a network of interested researchers and practitioners.  This meeting also resulted in the HumEthNet and the Reflections Newsletter.

Our initial research interests have since developed into stand-alone, yet overlapping, projects: BPREP DRE, ENHA, EHHPP, EMMRG and IE-DRE.


Current studies










de Laat, S., Wahoush, O., Jaber, R. et al. (2021) A case analysis of partnered research on palliative care for refugees in Jordan and Rwanda. Confl Health 15, 2.


Hunt, M., Eckenwiler, L., Hyppolite, SR. et al. Closing well: national and international humanitarian workers’ perspectives on the ethics of closing humanitarian health projects. Int J Humanitarian Action 5, 16 (2020).

Hunt, M., Nouvet, E., Chénier, A. et al. Addressing obstacles to the inclusion of palliative care in humanitarian health projects: a qualitative study of humanitarian health professionals’ and policy makers’ perceptions. Confl Health 14, 70 (2020).


Gailits N, Nouvet E, Pringle J, Hunt M, Lu D, Bernard C, Elit L, Schwartz L. (2019) Blurring Lines: Complexities of Ethical Challenges in the Conduct of West African Ebola Research, A Review of the Literature. Hamilton, ON: Humanitarian Healthcare Ethics Research Group (HHERG).

Pal, Nicole E., Lisa Eckenwiler, Shelley-Rose Hyppolite, John Pringle, Ryoa Chung, and Matthew Hunt. “Ethical considerations for closing humanitarian projects: a scoping review.” Journal of International Humanitarian Action 4, no. 1 (2019): 17.


Hunt M, Chénier A, Bezanson K,  Nouvet E, Bernard C, de Laat S, Krishnaraj G, L Schwartz L.  Moral experiences of humanitarian health professionals caring for patients who are dying or likely to die in a humanitarian crisisJournal of International Humanitarian Action. 2018.  3: 12.

Nouvet, E., Mollie Sivaram, Kevin Bezanson, Gautham Krishnaraj, Matthew Hunt, Sonya de Laat, Stephanie Sanger, Laura Banfield, Pedro Favila Escobio Rodriguez, Lisa J Schwartz, (2018). “Palliative care in humanitarian crises: a review of the literature” Journal of International Humanitarian Action. December 3:5.


Lisa Schwartz, Matthew Hunt, Elysée Nouvet and Ani Chenier. “Aid when there is ‘nothing left to offer.'” European Association for Palliative Care — onlus. 24 May 2017.

Richard A Powell, Lisa Schwartz, Elysée Nouvet, Brett Sutton, Mila Petrova, Joan Marston, Daniel Munday, Lukas Radbruch. 2017. “Palliative care in humanitarian crises: always something to offer.” The Lancet. Vol 389 April 15: 1498-1499.

Barry, Ibrahima (January 30, 2017) Ebola: The Cruel Loss of a Father. Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Net,

Lisa Schwartz, Matthew Hunt, Elysée Nouvet and Ani Ché “Aid when there is ‘nothing left to offer.’” European Association for Palliative Care— onlus. 24 May 2017.

Nouvet, E. “Out of the shadows: palliative care in humanitarian healthcare.” ELRHA blog.

de Laat, S. “Of textbooks and well buried bones”. Reflections. Summer 2017, 5(1).

Hunt, M. Bernard, C. Bezanson, K. (2017). “Making Space for Palliative Care in Humanitarian Action: Reflections on Obstacles to the Integration of Palliative Care Approaches in Humanitarian Healthcare”,

Nouvet, Elysée, Lisa Schwartz, Ani Chenier, Nicola Gailits, John Pringle, Matthew Hunt, Carrie Bernard, Oumou Bah-Sow (August 2017)Listening to Those Who Lived Through the Ebola Trials First-Hand.

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