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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School


Dorien Braam previously worked with the United Nations, Netherlands Government and NGO’s across Asia and Eastern Africa focusing on forced migration, protection, human rights and shelter. She holds a BSc and MSc from Delft University of Technology, and a MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh with a thesis on animal health in complex humanitarian emergencies. For her PhD in Veterinary Medicine she studies zoonoses - diseases transmitted between animals and humans - in displaced populations, with a focus on the Greater Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.


Key publications: 

Zoonoses in the margins: environmental displacement and health outcomes in the Indus DeltaBMC International Journal for Equity in Health. 2022. Braam D.

Excluding livestock livelihoods in refugee responses: A risk to public health. Journal of Refugee Studies. 2022. Braam D.

Disaster displacement and zoonotic disease dynamics: The impact of structural and chronic drivers in Sindh, Pakistan. PLOS Global Public Health. 2021. Braam D., Chandio R., Jephcott F., Tasker A., Wood J.

Identifying the research gap of zoonotic disease in displacement: a systematic reviewBMC Global Health Research and Policy. 2021. Braam D., Jephcott F., Wood J.

Positioning zoonotic disease research in forced migration: A systematic literature review of theoretical frameworks and approaches. PLOS ONE. 2021. Tasker A., Braam D.

Lockdowns, lives and livelihoods: the impact of COVID-19 and public health responses to conflict affected populations - a remote qualitative study in Baidoa and Mogadishu, Somalia. BMC Conflict and Health. 2021. Braam D., Srinivasan S., Church L., Sheikh Z., Jephcott F., Bukachi S.

Power, Participation and their Problems: A consideration of power dynamics in the use of Participatory Epidemiology for One Health and zoonoses researchPreventive Veterinary Medicine. 2020. Ebata A., Hodge C., Braam D., Waldman L., Sharp J., MacGregor H., Moore H.

Integrating resilience in South Asia. Zhou M. and Braam DForced Migration Review 49, pp 64-5. 2015.

Policy briefs and reports

STG EUI. 2022. Applying the One Health approach to mitigate zoonotic disease risk in forced migration. Braam D.

IDMC. 2021. Adapting on the move: Climate change displacement and local solutions in coastal communities in Sindh, Pakistan. Braam D., Kumar L.

IOM/ UNICEF. 2019. Child Labour in the Context of MigrationBraam D.

NRC. 2015. Community Resilience and Disaster Related Displacement in South Asia. Zhou M. and Braam D.

Op Eds and Other

Improving health through retaining livelihoods: why refugee policy cannot ignore animals. European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre, Migration Policy Centre. November 2022. Braam D.

Protection of refugee animals is vital to support livelihoods and health. University of Cambridge. March 2022. Braam D.

COVID-19 impact on health and livelihoods in a complex emergency. IOM. January 2021. Braam D.

Localising support to displaced populations during and after Covid-19Coronatimes. July 2020. Braam D.

Refugees at increased risk of coronavirus due to barriers to healthcareThe Conversation (Canada). May 2020. Braam D. and Molnar P.

Coronavirus lockdowns force the world’s poorest into deadly trade-offs between their health and livelihoodsThe Conversation (UK). May 2020. Braam D.

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Person keywords: 
Veterinary Public Health
Public health
Infectious disease dynamics
Livestock sustainability
One Health