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Adam Coutts

Adam Coutts

Mellon Fellow in Public Policy


I organise and teach the case study module ‘Employment, mental health and welfare: How do we get people into work?’

My research focuses on the links between public policy, health and wellbeing in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. The research examines how public policy interventions - Active Labour Market and back-to work Programmes (ALMPs) affect health and wellbeing. The research involves evaluating and testing how these interventions can be used to protect the health of the unemployed as well as return people to work.

Over the past five years I have collaborated with academics and policy makers from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan to examine the Syrian refugee crisis. This has involved co-founding an independent Syria health policy group and network, setting up health surveys across the region, investigating the causes and consequences of tensions between refugees and their host communities, and assessing the quality of the humanitarian response effort and how it can be improved. Highlights of this work have appeared in the LancetBritish Medical JournalNew York TimesNational Public RadioAl-Jazeera and the Financial Times.

Since 2011 I have worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa as a policy consultant on social protection and public policy for a range of United Nations agencies, regional governments and International Non-Governmental Organisations.

I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge and have held post-doctoral research positions at Cambridge and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow at ECOHOST, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Further details and publications can be found here