About the Center for Research and Education in the Ecology of War (CREEW)

Prolonged and intense conflicts create a biosphere that becomes inhabited by the populations that live in the affected region. This biosphere, also termed the ecology of war, becomes so altered that it carries with it multiple conduits for deterioration of health of the population beyond the direct initial impact of weapons and the eventual cessation of active war. The impact of war in its traditional sense is no longer the blast, the shrapnel, and the gunshot wound, but also the altered biosphere that people inhabit (i.e., altered living environment, degraded health system, damaged infrastructure, and physical, psychological and social wounds).


The Center for Research and Education in the Ecology of War (CREEW) was established with the vision to strengthen humanitarian practice in conflict settings, through health-related research and capacity building.


CREEW is the center for humanitarian practice, health-related research and capacity building in the ecology of war.


CREEW strengthen humanitarian practice in conflict settings through contextualized research and tailored capacity building of frontline health practitioners.


One of the core activities of CREEW is a mentored fellowship program, which aims to counteract the effects of research and data poverty prevalent in conflict-affected settings. The impetus of the establishment of the CREEW fellowship is to equip frontline health practitioners working in conflict settings with the necessary skills that would enable them to conduct research into the relationship between health and war. The research output will help in forming the practice of humanitarian work especially in conflict affected settings.

The fellowship program adopts a variety of learning modalities including online courses and face-to-face/online training. The fellowship has three components starting with the didactic phase followed by field-based mentored research phase and culminated by the research dissemination phase.

Each fellowship cycle which spans 24 to 36 months focuses on a context specific global health challenge.

Didactic Phase

Face-to-face (on campus at the American University of Beirut) and online learning modalities

Field-based Mentored Research Phase

Research conducted at country of origin or practice

Research Dissemination Phase

Scholarly outputs (peer reviewed papers, conference abstracts)


  • Identify the concepts for global health issues in war
  • Define the basic principles and concepts in research design in the context of a conflict setting
  • Understand the ethical and security implications when conducting research in conflict settings
  • Understand the methodology of data collection within the constraints of a conflict setting and establish a system of data collection in a conflict setting
  • Collect evidence-based data in conflict settings that is relevant, statistically accurate and of value to communities and policy makers
  • Employ communication channels across multi-disciplinary teams when conducting research in conflict settings
  • Employ basic analytical approaches to the collected data from conflict settings (Analysis and Synthesis)
  • Produce an appropriate modality of knowledge production and communication



Class of 2023

Theme: Cancer in Conflict

Class of 2021

Theme: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)