Director of International Health and Development
Queen Margaret University
Alastair Ager, PhD, MSc, has worked in the field of international health and development for nearly 25 years, after originally training in psychology at the Universities of Keele, Wales and Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Ager worked as Senior Research Manager for the UK Department for International Development, with responsibility for the agency’s global portfolio of health and education research. He then joined Columbia University, where he served as Research Director of the Care and Protection of Children in Crisis program (2005-2008) and as the Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative at the Mailman School of Public Health (2009-2012). In 2012, he was appointed Director of Academic Programs in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, and Director of the new DrPH program in Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems. In July 2015, Dr. Ager joined Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland as the Director of International Health and Development, while continuing as a Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University.
Dr. Ager is author of over one hundred scholarly publications, and has wide international experience as a lecturer, researcher and consultant across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North America, working with a range of intergovernmental, non-governmental and governmental agencies. His current research and writing is focused in the areas of refugee mental health, psychosocial well-being and child protection; the planning and evaluation of health and social care programs; the role of research in humanitarian and development assistance; and the role of faith communities in supporting recovery.
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