Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health
Alastair Ager, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health in the Mailman School of Public Health. He has worked in the field of global health and development for over twenty years, after originally training in psychology at the universities of Keele, Wales and Birmingham in the UK. He was head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Malawi from 1989 until 1992, and subsequently served as Foundation Director of the Institute of International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. Immediately before joining Columbia he was Senior Research Manager for the UK Department for International Development, with responsibility for the agency's $50 million per annum global portfolio of health and education research. He has wide international experience as a lecturer, researcher and consultant across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Europe and North America, working with a range of intergovernmental, non-governmental and governmental agencies. He is a Board Member of the Antares Foundation, supporting the development of effective staff care within the humanitarian sector. In 2009 he was appointed as Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative based at the Mailman School of Public Health. He is Senior Technical Advisor to Save the Children for their work with Health Partners International on the Northern Nigeria Maternal Neonatal and Child Health program, and jointly directs the IDRC-funded Health Research Capacity Strengthening (HRCS) Learning initiative. He is author of over one hundred scholarly publications. His current research and writing is focused in the areas of child protection in crisis settings; global health systems and strategy; integration of refugees and forced migrants; and the organization of humanitarian response.
Child protection in crisis settings
Ager, A., Akesson, B., Stark, L., Flouri, E., Okot, B.,McCollister, F & Boothby, N. “The impact of the school-based Psychosocial Structured Activities (PSSA) program on conflict-affected children in northern Uganda”. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, in press
Ager, A., Stark, L., Akesson, B. & Boothby, N. “Defining Best Practice in Care and Protection of Children in Crisis-Affected Settings: a Delphi Study”, Child Development, 2010, 81 (4), 1271-1286.
Ager, A, Boothby, N, and Bremer, M. (2009) Using the 'protective environment' framework to analyse children's protection needs in Darfur. Disasters, 33 (4), 548-573.
Ager, A., Boothby, N. & Wessells, M. The Use of Consensus Methodology in Determining Key Research and Practice Development Questions in the Field of Intervention with Children Associated with Fighting Forces. Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 2006, 4(1), 29-31.
Global health systems and strategy
Stark, L., Roberts, L, Wheaton, W., Acham, A., Boothby, N. & Ager, A. “Measuring
Violence against Women amidst War and Displacement in Northern Uganda Using the ‘Neighborhood Method’”, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2010, 64 (12), 1056-61.
Ager A, Pepper K. Patterns of health service utilization and perceptions of needs and services in rural Orissa. Health Policy & Planning, 2005, 20 (3), 176-184. [http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/20/3/176]
Ager A, McGowan J, Snewin V, Walker S. Investing in new tools for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis through Public Private Partnerships.Central Research Department Strategy Paper, Department for International Development, October 2005.
Ager A. Turning knowledge into health benefits for the poor. Poverty, Equity and Health Research: Global Forum Update on Health Research, Volume 2, 100-103, 2005.
Integration of refugees and forced migrants
Strang, A. & Ager, A. “Refugee integration: emerging trends and remaining agendas”. Journal of Refugee Studies, 2010, 23 (4), 589-607.
Ager, A, Stark, L, Olsen, J, Wessells, M & Boothby, N. “Sealing the Past, Facing the Future: An Evaluation of a Program to Support the Reintegration of Girls and Young Women Formerly Associated with Armed Groups and Forces in Sierra Leone.” Girlhood Studies, 2010, 3 (2), 70-93.
Ager, A. & Strang, A. Understanding integration: a conceptual framework. Journal of Refugee Studies, 2008, 21(2), 166-191. [available:http://jrs.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/fen016v1]
The organization of humanitarian response
Ager, A. & Ager, J. “Faith and the discourse of secular humanitarianism”. Journal of Refugee Studies, in press.
Ager, A. Consensus and professional practice in psychosocial intervention: political achievement, core knowledge base and prompt for further enquiry. Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 2008, 6(3/4), 261-264.
Ager, A. Towards a consensus protocol for psychosocial response in complex emergencies. In G Reyes & G. A. Jacobs (eds.) Handbook of International Disaster Psychology: Volume 1: Fundamentals and Overview. (pp. 51-64). Westport: Praeger, 2006.
Ager A, Strang A, Abebe B. Conceptualising community development in war-affected populations: illustrations from Tigray. Community Development Journal, 2005, 40 (2), 158-168. [http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/40/2/158]
He has additionally developed a number of assessment & evaluation tools, including:
Rapid Appraisal in Humanitarian Emergencies Using Participatory Ranking Methodology (PRM), Alastair Ager, Lindsay Stark, Thalia Sparling & Wendy Ager Version 1.1, February 2011.
Ager, A, Ager, W, Stavrou, V. & Boothby, N. (2011) Inter-Agency Guide to the Evaluation of Psychosocial Programming in Emergencies. New York: UNICEF.