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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

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.

Dr Pierre Fuller

Lecturer in East Asian History, University of Manchester.

Professor David Hulme

Professor in Development Studies, University of Manchester.

Dr 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 Mukesh Kapila

Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester.

Dr 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.

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

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.

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 Caroline Abu Sa’Da - Honorary Research Fellow

Caroline Abu Sa’Da is the General Director of SOS Méditerranée Suisse, Switzerland. Previously, she was heading the Research Unit of Médecins Sans Frontières in Geneva for several years and has done extensive field work for both research and operational purposes. She completed her PhD in political sciences at Science Po Paris (France) in 2005, with a specialisation in international relations. Her research interests are forced migrations, perception of humanitarian action, state building, and food security/food sovereignty, topics on which she has published extensively. She has taught Political Science, with a specific focus on the Middle East, in Science Po (Lille) and NYU in Paris. She is a native French speaker, is fluent in English and has working knowledge of Arabic.

Dr Hassaan Afazal - 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.

Professor Tony Barnett - Honorary Professor

Professor Barnett is Professorial Research Fellow in the social sciences of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He has a general interest in the social science of infectious diseases in particular zoonotic diseases. These are diseases which pass between species, and of particular importance are those which move between non-human animals to humans resulting in major challenges to human immune systems. In the worst circumstances, such transfers can result in pandemic outbreaks of disease in human populations. Most people know about Ebola which is a zoonotic disease, as is HIV. My current focus in on avian influenza which is among the highest threats on the UK Risk Register – most likely to occur and to have a very high impact, see:

Between 1986 and 2007, his research centred on the social and economic effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and Asia (including Russia, Ukraine and other members of the Confederation of Independent States). In 2005, Professor Barnett was appointed to the Expert Advisory Group of the UK government's Foresight Project, Detection and Identification of Infectious Diseases, where he worked on the human and bovine tuberculosis as well as on HIV/AIDS. From 2007-2009, he led a large study of the potential impact of pandemic influenza on the UK together with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh, the LSE, Queen Mary University of London and the LSHTM. At the same time he led a large study of the effects of HIV/AIDS on state security. This was funded by the US Social Science Research Council, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others. It had sub-studies in South Africa, Indonesia, India, The Russian Federation, Mozambique and Myanmar. In 2010-2011, he was one of the researchers/authors of the United Nations report: "On the front line: A review of programmes that address HIV among international peacekeepers and uniformed services 2005–2010."

John Borton - Honorary Research Fellow

John Burton 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.

Professor Frederick 'Skip' Burkle - Honorary Professor

Professor Burkle is a Senior Fellow with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University, and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Senior International Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC, and Senior Associate Faculty, Department of International Health and the Center for Refugee & Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutes. He holds Adjunct Professorships at Monash University School of Medicine and James Cook University in Australia and is Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Division of Military and Emergency Medicine, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.

Professor Burkle is the recipient of the prestigious William Crawford Gorgas Medal for distinguished work in preventive medicine, groundbreaking work in disaster management and humanitarian assistance and the training of an entire generation of US and international personnel.

Skip has worked in and consulted on numerous humanitarian emergencies and large-scale international disasters in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. From 2002-03, he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at the US Agency for International Development and as the Interim Minister of Health in Iraq. He is a current member of the Board of Directors and Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, the world’s largest refugee organisation. His current research interests and writings are on future humanitarian crises, requirements for foreign medical teams, and the professionalisation of the humanitarian health workforce.

Dr Nancy Claxton - Honorary Teaching Associate

Dr Nancy Claxton is the senior officer of health in the community and emergency health department of IFRC in Geneva. Nancy has more than 28 years of experience in brain-based strategies of teaching, learning and communicating in the areas of health literacy, behaviour change and humanitarian health response in both development and crisis responses. Nancy has worked globally in developing and implementing community-based health literacy content, disaster preparedness and response materials and risk communications for short-term and long-term behaviour change for humanitarian health response. Since 2007, Nancy has worked with IFRC, ICRC, WHO, National Societies, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID and numerous national Ministries of Health in the areas of health literacy, behaviour change campaigns, humanitarian health competency development models and tools, development of health frameworks, health curricula and capacity-building tools and trainings for general and health emergency response. Nancy is a published author of technical books, manuals and toolkits on the application of deliberative methodology as a behaviour change methodology and strategy for development and emergency programming activities at all levels.

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 Allard Duursma - Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Allard Duursma is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. His research interests include international mediation and early warning. He completed his PhD on international mediation efforts in civil wars in Africa at the University of Oxford in 2015. This thesis was awarded with the Lord Bryce Prize for best dissertation in International Relations in Great Britain. Upon completion of his PhD, he joined the Making Peacekeeping Data Work Project at HCRI. In addition to his academic work, he has been engaged in various consultancies for among others the AU, the UN, and the EU. 

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:

Jenna Murray de Lopez – Honorary Fellow

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

She has a professional background in Reproductive and Sexual Health promotion and HIV prevention in both the UK and Mexico. Jenna worked for 7 years as a lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Salford. She 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. Jenna currently works at the University of Bradford.

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 John Simpson - Honorary Professor

John joined UK-Med as Medical Director at the end of 2016. He originally trained as a medical doctor working in Accident and Emergency and General Practice before undertaking public health training and becoming a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control and later working as a Regional Epidemiologist. Since 2003 he has worked in Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR), culminating in the position of Director EPRR for Public Health England (PHE).

Professor Dan Smith - Honorary Professor

Professor Smith is the Director of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He has a long record of research and publication on a wide range of conflict and peace issues including such as the relationship between climate change and insecurity, peace and security issues in the Middle East, peacebuilding, the ethics of forcible intervention in conflicts, gender aspects of conflict and peacebuilding, and global conflict trends. Professor Smith served four years in the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory group, two of which (2010–2011) were as Chair.

Professor Smith has an intimate knowledge of how peacebuilding works (or doesn’t) in a wide variety of countries and regions. He is also a renowned scholar and analyst. He was part-time Professor of Peace and Conflict at the University of Manchester, attached to the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute from January 2014 to mid-2017 and continues with an Honorary Professorship today. He is the author of successive editions of atlases of politics, war and peace, and the Middle East and blogs on international politics.

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.