Françoise Duroch – Head of the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices

Françoise Duroch holds a PhD in Social Sciences from University Lyon 2 and two Master’s degrees (in History, Law and Human Rights from the University Pierre Mendès France in Grenoble, and in Educational Sciences from Lyon 2).

Françoise Duroch started working in the field in 1995 in Bosnia, Kenya and Nigeria, amongst others. She spent over 15 years researching gender-based violence before occupying various positions such as Project Coordinator, Research Coordinator and Project Manager. She was also a lecturer in a master’s course at the University of Geneva and a consultant for various international organizations. After working on informed consent and the issue of sexual harassment and abuse, she now heads the UREPH since 2018.

Philippe Calain – Senior Researcher

Philippe Calain is a medical doctor specialized in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. He also holds a doctorate in biology (virology). He has worked in Rwanda, Afghanistan and Laos.

His research focuses on humanitarian medicine, public health ethics, governance of global health, public health surveillance systems, preparedness to pandemics and development theories.

Duncan Mclean – Senior Researcher

Duncan Mclean has a long experience managing operations with MSF in both field and HQ in a diverse array of contexts. Beginning in 2002 these included the posts of Project Coordinator, Head of Mission, and Program Manager (Thailand, Myanmar, Sudan, Nepal, Pakistan, Chad, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nigeria and Uganda).

Since leaving operations in 2013 Duncan Mclean has collaborated with MSF on a number of dossiers such as critical incident reviews, context analyses in Syria and DRC, and support to the SIMM project with the BI. He also contributed chapters to MSF book publications Saving Lives and Staying Alive and The Politics of Fear.

Duncan Mclean holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a PhD in history. In parallel to his MSF-related research, he has worked with International Crisis Group and lectured at several universities in Prague, focusing on epidemiological and colonial history, and conflict studies.

Marta Aleksandra Balinska – Senior Researcher

Marta Aleksandra Balinska PhD MPH has a background in academia and public health. She conducted graduate and post-graduate research in the history of medicine (Institute of Political Science – Paris and Oxford University) and trained in public health and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Before joining MSF in 2015, she worked in public health agencies as well as the pharmaceutical industry, primarily in prevention and screening programmes and with a special emphasis on immunization and infectious diseases. She also worked extensively as a medical writer.

At MSF she divides her time between the Clinical Case Reporting Project with Oxford University Press which she initiated, guidelines for travel medicine / migrant health, and the “moral testimonies” project at UREPH. Marta has several dozen publications in the health sciences, including three books.

Amy Mavor – Assistant Publishing & Editing

Amy Mavor holds a Master’s degree in Modern European Languages from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Master’s degree in Translation, Localisation and Multilingual and Multimedia Communication from the University of Rennes 2. Before joining the UREPH, Amy Mavor worked in a variety of sectors as a translator, proofreader, content manager and copywriter.