Dr. Sebastian Taylor was the Principal Investigator (PI) of a study on household decision-making regarding health care and immunisation - including polio immunisation - in Nigeria, 2013/2014, by Public Health Services and Solutions (PHSS) and The Communication Initiative (The CI) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). To access an organising page with all of the research documentation, click here.
Over the last 20 years, Seb Taylor has worked with the United Nations – including WHO, Unicef and UNDP; international NGOs, donor institutions and governments in low- and middle-income countries. He has worked extensively in and on China, Laos, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan; Nigeria, Liberia, Somalia, Western Sahara; Brazil and Colombia. He has worked in both humanitarian and development sectors, including landmine clearance and the rehabilitation of combatants, post-conflict reconstruction, and development strategy in ‘fragile states’. He has specialised in analysis of governance, equity and conflict, as well as health policy, systems and the social, economic and political epidemiology of diseases in development.
He advises WHO as a member of the Technical Advisory Groups for Polio Eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and leads international research on the socioeconomic and political drivers of public response to vaccines and immunisation in low-income, fragile and conflict-affected settings. He was senior research fellow, for three years, with the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health. He has been director and chief executive of two international humanitarian NGOs, leading research on the causes of conflict, as well as high-level advocacy with governments, the UN General Assembly and Security Council, on humanitarian law, protection of civilians, and multilateral weapons control and armed violence reduction conventions and protocols.
His doctoral work focused on the political economy of development policy-making in international NGOs, looking in particular at power relations between international and ‘local’ staff in transnational institutional settings. He has taught international development, humanitarianism and conflict and health at SOAS, UCL and UEA