Extended team

Our extended team members include associates and affiliates based in other schools and faculties of The University of Manchester, as well as alumni staff and honorary professors and research fellows.

One of our strengths has always been the large number of partners, collaborators and contacts who provide advice and support to our activities. Our multidisciplinary global network of academics and practitioners brings specialist knowledge and understanding of their geographical location to our research partnerships, and we support the exchange of ideas through seminars and workshops. We have developed robust, mutually beneficial relationships with experts both inside and outside of The University of Manchester.

Associates and affiliates: The University of Manchester

Dr Ana Carden-Coyne

Dr Ana Carden-Coyne, Senior Lecturer in War and Conflict, University of Manchester.

Dr Admos Chimhowu

Lecturer, Institute for Development, Policy & Management, University of Manchester.

Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Reader in Holocaust Studies (SHOAH), University of Manchester.

Professor David Hulme

Professor in Development Studies, University of Manchester.

Professor Sam Hickey

Sam Hickey is Professor of Politics and Development at The University of Manchester, and Joint Director of Research at the DFID-funded Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre.

Dr Jenny Hughes

Senior Lecturer in Applied Theatre in the Department of Drama, University of Manchester.

Dr Max Jones

Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Manchester.

Dr Alison Jeffers

Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Contemporary Performance and Co-Director of the Centre for Applied Theatre Research, University of Manchester.

Professor Julie-Marie Strange

Professor of British History, Head of Department, University of Manchester.

Professor James Thompson

Professor of Applied and Social Theatre and Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility, University of Manchester. He is also the founder and Co-Director of In Place of War.

Professor Maja Zehfuss

Professor of International Politics, University of Manchester.

Helene Juillard 

Helene is a lecturer with Science Po on humanitarian project design and with HCRI since 2019 autumn semester. She has been working as an evaluator in the humanitarian sector for the past decade, with a focus on cash and market-based programming. Helene is interested in how needs are assessed from an agency centric perspective at the detriment of the demand for certain products and services.

Associates and affiliates: External

Professor Munzoal Assal

Professor of Social Anthropology, Deputy Director, Peace Research Institute, University of Khartoum.

Professor Michael Barnett

University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at The George Washington University.

Dr Jonathan Benthall

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University College London.

Professor Sarah Bracking

SARCHi Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Manuel Carballo

Epidemiologist and Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration Health and Development (ICMHD) in Geneva.

Dr Admos Chimhowu

Senior Lecturer, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.

Dr Alex de Waal

Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Dr Hany El-Banna

Founder and President of The Humanitarian Forum.

Dr Rebecca Gill

Lecturer in Modern History, University of Huddersfield.

Professor Thea Hilhorst

Professor Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, Wageningen University.

Dr Stephen Hopgood

Professor of International Relations, SOAS.

Professor Abdul Jalil

Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, Dept. of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Khartoum.

Dr Ajaz Ahmed Khan

Senior Microfinance Advisor, Care International.

Professor Adam Azzain Mohamed

Director of Public Administration and Federalism studies Institute, University of Khartoum.

Dr Bernard Nau

Orthopaedic surgeon, HHH Country Medical Director, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Nick Rosevere MBE

Director of International Programmes, Oxfam GB

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri

Convenor of General Diplomatic Studies and Practice at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy and a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

HCRI Alumni staff

Dr Paul Kailiponi

Paul Kailiponi is a Senior Disaster Risk Analyst at the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) in Hawaii, USA. He works on developing risk analyses for Pacific Rim countries to estimate the effects of large-scale disaster events on social, political and economic institutions. Prior to working at the PDC, Dr Kailiponi was a Lecturer in Disaster Management at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester, UK.

His research interests include applied quantitative econometrics, decision theory, geographic information systems (GIS) and the application of these techniques to emergency management. He holds a PhD from Aston University, UK in operations research where he worked in the Aston CRISIS Centre. He completed his Bachelor's degree in International Economy from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He also holds a Master's degree in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.

During his career he has also worked at the Aston CRISIS Centre, City of Pittsburgh Emergency Operations Center, the Pacific Disaster Center (Kihei, Hawaii), and the Ford Institute of Human Security (Pittsburgh, PA).

Dr Jenny Peterson

Jenny Peterson joined the HCRI from the University of British Columbia in Canada where she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Science.

She conducted research on the politics of conflict response and critiques of liberal peacebuilding. With a particular interest in the concept of political space and its impact on aid policy and practice, her research agenda questioned the possibilities for policy innovation and increasing levels of agency within the aid industry.

Her doctoral work included research trips to Kosovo in 2005 and 2006 during which she investigated the norms and processes relating to `rule of law' projects and economic reforms which were used to fight criminality and political corruption.

Dr Peterson is currently a lecturer in the department of Political Science at the University of British Colombia, Canada.

Dr Alison Howell

Dr Alison Howell was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the HCRI. She conducted and teaching in the areas of health and conflict, with a specific interest in the relationship between medicine and militarism. Her research examined how psychiatric practices in Western militaries have evolved in the contemporary context of 'counterinsurgency' and 'humanitarian' wars.

Prior to joining HCRI Dr Howell was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics at Manchester, and completed a doctorate at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her PhD research examined the role of psychology and psychiatry in global affairs, with a particular interest in post-conflict mental health interventions. This research was funded by SSHRC and the Canadian Consortium on Human Security, and is now being published as a sole-authored book with Routledge. Prior to her doctorate, Dr Howell completed two interdisciplinary degrees: an MA in Political Economy at Carleton University, and a BA Hons in International Studies at Trent University, Canada.

Dr Howell is currently Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science, Rutgers University, USA.

Honorary positions

Dr Hassaan Afzal - Honorary Research Fellow

Hassaan Afzal is an Emergency Medicine doctor working in the North West. He completed his masters in International Public Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is working on our Attacks on Healthcare file, a WHO collaborating project. His research interests lie in understanding the impacts of attacks on healthcare in complex emergencies and what can be done to reduce the risk of attacks.

John Borton - Honorary Research Fellow

John Borton has worked within the international humanitarian sector since 1981 in a variety of operational, evaluation, research and capacity development roles. During his eleven years as a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (1991-2002) he played a leadership role in: the establishment of what is now the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN); the Study 3 team of the Joint Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda; and the establishment and early operation of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP). Since moving to a freelance role in 2002, John supported the governance and staff of a large NGO programme in Darfur over a ten year period and has developed a strong interest in making the history of humanitarian action more accessible and better understood. He also holds the position of Senior Research Associate with the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at ODI.

Dr Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps - Honorary Research Fellow

Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps is a lecturer at the History Department of the University of Geneva. She holds a PhD (2014) from the University of Geneva and the University Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne which was published in 2018 under the title L'humanitaire en guerre civile. La crise du Biafra (1967-1970) (Rennes, PUR).  Thanks to the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation, she has been a visiting researcher at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (postdoc, 2017-2019), at New York University, King's College London, and the French Institute for Research in Africa in Ibadan (IFRA-Nigeria) (2011-2012). In 2018, she was awarded the "young researcher" prize of the French Red Cross Foundation. She is currently co-investigator in the project "Colonial and Transnational Intimacies: Medical Humanitarianism in the French external Resistance, 1940-1945" funded by the AHRC (2020-2022, PI: Laure Humbert) and is working as a senior researcher on the project "The Cross and the Red Star: Humanitarianism and Communism in the 20th Century' (2021-2025)" at the University of Fribourg (2021-2025, PI: Jean-François Fayet).

Darren Cormack - Honorary Research Fellow

Darren has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and private sector, including at senior management and executive level. Darren is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Mines Advisory Group. MAG exists to provide a safe future for people affected by conflict, doing so does through the removal of landmines and UXO and by helping to reduce the impact of armed violence. As CEO Darren is responsible for the overall running and direction of MAG, leading an organisation of over 5,000 staff working 26 countries.  To date, MAG’s work has helped over 17 million people.

 Darren started out life as a research assistant in Southeast Asia undertaking wildlife surveys in remote parts of Cambodia and the Philippines. Moving into the wider Development sector Darren has led multidisciplinary humanitarian response programmes in South Sudan, Darfur and Indonesia following the tsunami. Darren joined MAG in 2008 and was appointed CEO in 2020. Based in Manchester he holds a first-class Masters in International Management from Lancaster University, is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Advisor at the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction.

Dr David Dodman - Honorary Research Fellow

David Dodman is a development research professional with more than ten years of experience in the fields of urban geography, international development, and climate change adaptation. He has held positions in universities and policy research institutions, and has worked in partnership with southern civil society organizations, local and national governments, and international organisations. In his current role at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) he is Director of the Human Settlements Group, has developed and implemented a wide-ranging programme of research on urban adaptation to climate change, has led an institute-wide task team on research quality, and has helped shape major organisational initiatives on financial management.

His current work focuses on understanding the nature of urban risks, and the way in which daily hazards, major disasters and climate change can affect low-income urban residents.

Dr Jessica Field - Honorary Research Fellow

Jessica Field is an Assistant Professor in the Jindal School of International Affairs at OP Jindal Global University, where she focuses on modern international history, particularly 20th-century humanitarianism, refugee history and international development. She holds an ESRC-funded PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response from HCRI at the University of Manchester and has significant international policy and academic experience, following two years as Humanitarian Affairs Adviser in Save the Children UK and HCRI, several years as a Social Policy Researcher in the International Division of Scottish Government and a range of consultancy research projects with partners, such as the Tata Institute for Social Sciences and University College London. At OP Jindal Global University Jessica is developing a South Asia Refugees Research Initiative with academic and civil society colleagues in, and outside of, the university, as her research increasingly focuses on South Asian refugee histories and related humanitarian policies and assistance.

Recent publications include the co-authored book by Save the Children UK's Humanitarian Affairs Team, The Echo Chamber: Results, Management and the Humanitarian Effectiveness Agenda. PDF available: www.humanitarianeffectivenessproject.com.

Amy Hughes MBE - Honorary Fellow

Amy is a Senior Educational Fellow for the MSC in Pre-Hospital Care at Queen Mary University London. She was a Clinical Academic Lecturer in Emergency Response at HCRI, University of Manchester and was awarded an MBE in December 2015 for services to humanitarian and emergency medicine.

Dr Eric Lepp - Honorary Research Fellow

Eric has an MA from the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and a PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response from HCRI, where he also worked as a Senior Tutor in Humanitarian Studies following the completion of his degree. His PhD research engaged the legacies and challenges of the longstanding conflict in Northern Ireland within the unorthodox space created by ice hockey in Belfast. Through research conducted side-by-side the supporters of the Belfast Giants, his research focused on the everyday and the mundanity of ‘getting on with it’ in the shadows of longstanding division.

Eric is currently working on an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research project with Billy Haworth (HCRI), Birte Vogel (HCRI), Catherine Arthur (HCRI) and Dylan O’Driscoll (SIPRI) that utilises street art and graffiti to offer a commentary on contested spaces. In this project, graffiti is seen as particularly valuable in (post)conflict societies undergoing social and political transformation, as understanding the writing on the walls furthers knowledge of peace and conflict practices, and contributes to understandings of dynamic everyday interactions with (and in) space.

He is currently working in the role of Visiting Assistant Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Waterloo (Canada). 

Dr Jack Lopez – Honorary Fellow

Jack has an MA and PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Their doctoral research focussed on political economy and maternal health and identify in Chiapas, Mexico.

They have a professional background in Reproductive and Sexual Health promotion and HIV prevention in both the UK and Mexico. Jack worked for 7 years as a lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Salford. They joined HCRI in 2016 as a Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies and began the Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST Manchester) Peer Research Project in May 2017 with fellow HCRI colleague Dr Rubina Jasani. Jack currently works at the University of Bradford.

Chris Loughran - Honorary Fellow

Chris has 20 years experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including at senior leadership level. He specialises in policy, political influence and public affairs. His expertise lies primarily in disarmament, international humanitarian law and conflict recovery and response. His policy interests lie in the political economy of contemporary conflict and poverty, the relationship between fragility and environment, the geopolitics of international aid and aid sector reform.

He has worked in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall and for NGOs in Europe, the Middle East, South/South East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. His current role is Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor for The HALO Trust, a leading global landmine clearance and conflict recovery NGO. He leads HALO’s UK and global policy and political engagement strategy, including at the UN in New York and Geneva.

Chris lives in Manchester. He is a Trustee of Platfform, Wales’s leading mental health and system change charity, and the Association of British Orchestras. He holds a BA from the University of Oxford and a Master's from the School of Oriental & African Studies in the University of London.

Michaël Neuman - Honorary Research Fellow

Michaël is director of studies at Crash / Médecins sans Frontières,  having graduated in Contemporary History and International Relations (University Paris-I). He joined Médecins sans Frontières in 1999 and has worked both on the ground (Balkans, Sudan, Caucasus, West Africa) and in headquarters (New York, Paris as deputy director responsible for programmes).

He has also carried out research on issues of immigration and geopolitics. He is co-editor of "Humanitarian negotiations Revealed, the MSF experience" (London: Hurst and Co, 2011). He is also the co-editor of "Saving lives and staying alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management" (London: Hurst and Co, 2016).

Gareth Owen - Honorary Research Fellow

Gareth has been Humanitarian Director at Save the Children UK since 2007, having originally joined the organisation in January 2002 as an emergency adviser. With a background in civil engineering, he has spent the last 20 years working in humanitarian aid.

A senior humanitarian practitioner, Gareth has led operational responses in every major emergency over the past decade, most notably the Iraq conflict, the Asian tsunami and Cyclone Nargis, as well as in Haiti, Pakistan, East Africa, Niger and the Philippines. He has played a pivotal role in the strategic growth of Save the Children's humanitarian activities over the past decade and today he leads a diverse department of more than 150 humanitarian staff. He was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to emergency crisis response abroad.

Gareth started out in the Somalia and Angola conflicts, in logistics and security management for Concern Worldwide, then worked in Nepal as a water engineer with VSO. He was also Country Director in Uganda and Head of Mission in Kosovo for Action Contre La Faim, and led the 2001 Gujarat earthquake response for Oxfam.

Professor Duncan Shaw - Honorary Professor

Duncan Shaw is a Professor of Operations and Critical Systems and the Head of the Management Science Group in Alliance Manchester Business School. Duncan's main research interests include Operational Research (OR) and methods to analyse and improve decision making in organisations, such as developing and evaluating new methods to structure complex, socially constructed problems and building stakeholder commitment to implementing change initiatives.

Professor Richard Williams OBE - Honorary Professor

Prof Williams’ is an Emeritus Professor of Mental Health Strategy in the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care in the University of South Wales (since 2014) and Convener (Chief Examiner) for the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes for the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of the City of London (since 2012-2016). 

Until my retirement in 2014, his roles have included Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Professor of Mental Health Strategy in the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care; Director of the NHS Health Advisory and Drugs Advisory Services; Vice Chair of the Mental Health Act Commission; Special Professional Adviser on Child and Adolescent Mental Health to the Welsh Government; and chair of the Academy of Royal Colleges in Wales.

Professor Williams has special interests in values-based practice and disaster healthcare. His research and scholarship is on child and adolescent mental healthcare policy, clinical governance, and user and carer participation in service design and delivery. He has a particular research and strategic interest in psychosocial resilience. Since 2005, he has been working on psychosocial care for survivors of disasters, public responses to untoward events, and communicating with the public about risk, resilience and recovery.

In 2010, he was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to medicine. In 2014, he was elected to the highest honour that the Royal College of Psychiatrists can bestow, its Honorary Fellowship.