• Whether due to climate, conflict, or natural disaster, forced displacement has occurred throughout history, but only recently have scientists had the means, tools, and imperative to explore the impact of these phenomena on the brain and body. The new emergence of brain sciences means our understanding of the effects of forced displacement on our neurological and physiological systems is constantly growing.


    Evidence from human biology and neuroscience suggest that experiences of forced displacement can impact if and how the brain generates new cells and neurons. These experiences can affect the ease of forming new neural pathways, the literal size and shape of regions of the brain responsible for threat perception, and the organisation of memories. They can affect what we fear, how we react to fear, and how we operate with anxiety and anticipation to the world around us. Beyond the individual, they can affect the DNA and mental health trajectories of subsequent generations.


    Environments of peace and stability, versus violence and conflict, or climate change and scarcity therefore deeply affect our brains and bodies, in ways unique to each individual.


    Insights from neuroscience play an important role as we design new interventions, bridge across disciplines, and seek to ensure agency in those affected by forced displacement. Our research therefore cuts across a wide range of issues, including neuroscience and neurobiology, investigating and interrogating insights from the brain sciences and exploring how these insights can inform MHPSS programming, how the neuropsychology of trauma is related to mental health outcomes, and how brain science can transform how we pursue community development, psychosocial support, and resilience.


  • The causal factors for displacement can be singular or multiple. In a time of extreme disruption and uncertainty, we are increasingly witnessing the convergence of displacement triggers. Between Borders addresses the cause and effect of displacement on mental health through the singular lens of conflict or disasters, as well as directly recognising the intersectionality of trauma for Indigenous and stateless communities.


  • Working beyond humanitarian trends, our research delivers nuanced surveyance of mental health outcomes and spotlights the intimacy of lived experiences in complex displacement contexts. Our research hones in on largely forgotten or hidden issues - from suicides in camps to male mental health - and spotlights the psychological impact of unfolding social, political and legal changes as states continue to respond to this era's unprecedented displacement crisis.

  • Mental Health Stigma and Shame

    Religion in Healing and Resilience

    Racism, Identity and Belonging in Displacement

    Community-Based Training in MHPSS

  • Suicides and Suicide Ideation in Displacement

    Deportations and Mental Health

    Sexual- Based Violence in Communities and Camps

    Quality MHPSS

    Self-Help in Psychosocial Support

    "Building Back Better" & MHPSS

    MHPSS, Culture & Context

    MHPSS Coordination

    Child Soldiers and DDR

    Environmental Stress

    Preparedness, Procurement & Planning

    LGBT Mental Health Provision

  • Social Cohesion, Integration and Inclusion

    Creative Therapies in Psychosocial Support

    Male Mental Health in Crises

    Psychological First Aid

    Ethics in Displacement Crises

    Resettlement & Sustainable Development Goals 2030

    Detention & Asylum Processes

    Older Persons in Crises

    Austerity, Poverty and Economic Displacement

    Disability & MHPSS

    Education in Emergencies & Mental Health

    Primary Care and Integrated MHPSS

    Pre-existing Mental Health in Emergencies

    Donor Engagement in MHPSS & Displacement

    Self-Care and Prevention of Secondary Trauma

    Mental Health Inequalities in Crises

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