SYNERGY. The Health of Children in Conflict.


More than just a lecture series. An evening of dialogue and awareness surrounding the health of children in conflict, brought to you by UNICEF St Andrews and Protocol. An interactive discussion, facilitated by informed panellists, while engaging with the audience constantly.


This important topic brings together speakers from various faculties including International Relations, Medicine and Social Anthropology, who will be giving us insight into their perspectives on this theme, as well as engaging with each other's approaches in what is sure to be an interesting and poignant evening. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask, submit, and vote on their own questions via an online link.


WHY SYNERGY? This project is about gathering forces to create something bigger and better. To show the power of collaboration between societies. To reflect the need for interdisciplinary approaches and greater cooperation in solving global issues. Drawing from varied perspectives can produce a combined effect, one that is greater than the sum of their parts.


"For me, the sign of an excellent event is one which reminds you why you choose St Andrews as a place to study, to dedicate four years of your life. Synergy: Health of a Child In Conflict exemplifies such an event as it epitomises collaboration, intellectual rigour and altruism..." Read the full review on The Tribe!


Michal Tylermoderator
PhD Researcher, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
Director of Client and Community Engagement, The Phoenix Philanthropy Group

After completing his Masters in International Security from the 
University of Arizona, Michal spent several cycles working in local politics on both the city and state level. After the end of the 2012 elections, Michal joined The Phoenix Philanthropy Group - an international organizational development firm which partners with nonprofits to build the strategies and resources needed to optimize their impacts on our global society - serving the Director of Client and Community Engagement. Michal was also the Executive Director of The Manifesto Project, a nonprofit which works to enhance youth development and retention through its innovative Board Apprenticeship Program, currently active in more than 50 organizations.

Michal is currently a PhD student in the School of International Relations, conducting researching into exclusion and marginalization in youth development programs.

Dr Damien J. Williams
Lecturer in Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of St Andrews

Damien completed both his undergraduate degree (Experimental Psychology) and Doctorate at the University of Bristol, and his Masters of Public Health from the University of Manchester. His educational and research interests are broad, with specific interests in the field of mental and physical health promotion, and non-violence promotion. 

He was awarded the inaugural Elizabeth Russel prize by the Faculty of Public Health for his work on youth gang violence, and currently sits on a steering group to develop Scotland’s first Violence Prevention policy.


His many roles include: Public Health lead and Programme Director for the Masters in Global Health Implementation (School of Medicine, University of St Andrews); Academic Advisor to a local Fife-based charity, The Autism Academy UK; Advisory Board Member for the Centre for Minorities Research; Member of the European Network for Training, Education, and Research (ENTER) in Mental Health; International Advisor on the masters degree in Global Health (University of Ghent); and member of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for International Child and Adolescent Health Policy.

Prof. Ali Watson
Professor, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
Executive Director of the Third Generation Project

Ali originally trained as a macroeconomist and received her PhD in Economics from the University of Dundee. Prior to that, she completed an MSc in Economics at the University of Glasgow, and an MA (Hons.) in Economics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. In 1993, she took up a lectureship in the recently created department of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, eventually becoming Professor of International Relations in 2008. Her publications reflect this background, with single author books on Aspects of European Monetary Integration (Palgrave Macmillan, 1997), An Introduction to International Political Economy (Continuum, 2006), and The Child in International Political Economy: A Place At the Table (Routledge, 2009). She has also co-edited two books - State Terrorism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2013) and Childhood, Youth and Violence in Global Contexts, Research and Practice in Dialogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) - and two Special Issues - Cultures and Politics in Global Communication (Review of International Studies, 2006) and Moving Forward in the Eastern DRC (Peacebuilding, 2014).

Dr Mattia Fumanti

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews

Mattia has conducted anthropological research in Namibia, Ghana, and the U.K. His has research interests in elite’s formation and postcolonial transitions; youth and intergenerational relations; migration, religion and citizenship; mental health and illness narratives.


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