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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

Caroline Abu Sa’Da

Caroline Abu Sa’Da has been 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 specialization 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.

John Borton

John 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 organization. His current research interests and writings are on future humanitarian crises, requirements for foreign medical teams, and the professionalisation of the humanitarian health workforce.

Professor Ged Byrne - Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Ged Byrne was appointed Director of the UHSM Academy in 2009. He is a breast surgeon and was appointed senior lecturer and consultant surgeon in Manchester in 2001. During his eclectic training in Glasgow, India and the West Midlands he developed a keen interest in postgraduate surgical teaching and was secretary and president of the Association of Surgeons in Training. He combines clinical practice as a surgeon and responsibility for delivery of the undergraduate curriculum to 450 Manchester medical students.

Ged is best known as the director and co-founder of the Universities Medical Assessment Partnership (UMAP) - a partner-funded collaboration of 15 medical schools which develops high quality assessment items for medical examinations.

Professor Nick Banatvala - Honorary Professor

Professor Banatvala is currently Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General (Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health) at WHO in Geneva. Prior to this, Nick was Head of Global Affairs at the Department of Health in England where among other responsibilities he led the development and implementation of the UK Government's first-ever global health strategy and its strategy for working with WHO. Before that, he headed up the UK Department for International Development’s work on global health partnerships and initiatives and scaling up health services during which time he led the health inputs for the 2005 G8 Gleneagles communiqué.

Nick has represented the UK on a number of international initiatives, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. Prior to this, Nick worked for DFID on a range of health programmes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Nick also has experience of the NGO sector, having worked for Merlin on a variety of humanitarian programmes.

Dr Jessica Field - Honorary Research Fellow

Jessica Field is an Assistant Professor in the Jindal School of International Affairs at O.P. 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 O.P. 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:

Juliano Fiori

Juliano is Head of Humanitarian Affairs at Save the Children, leading a team dedicated to critical reflection for strategic purposes. In 2016, together with colleagues in the Humanitarian Affairs Team, and in partnership with HCRI, he published a book entitled Echo chamber: results, management, and the humanitarian effectiveness agenda, which is the result of a two-year research project aimed at critically analysing the development of the humanitarian effectiveness agenda. He is currently based in Rio de Janeiro, where, during a sabbatical, he represented the Brazilian rugby sevens team at the Olympics. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Prior to joining Save the Children, he worked for a number of years on the politics of conflict and development with think tanks, academic institutions, NGOs, the UN, and as an independent consultant. He has a BA in Classics (University of Bristol), an MPhil in International Relations (University of Cambridge), and a Graduate Diploma in Economics (Birkbeck College, University of London). He writes independently in the Anglophone press and is a columnist for Carta Maior, a Brazilian online newspaper.

Professor Alan Hawley CBE - Honorary Professor

Professor Alan Hawley’s illustrious medical career in the military culminated in his appointment as Major General, Director General Army Medical Services.

Other roles have included Founding President of the Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries; President of the Faculty of History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Society of Apothecaries; Chief Medical Officer to Order of St John and St John Ambulance; Director Disasters and Resilience Centre, University of Glamorgan; and Expert Advisor to NATO Centre of Excellence in Military Medicine.

Following his career in the military, Prof Hawley has taken up posts in academia where he lectures on both occupational medicine and conflict and catastrophe medicine.

Dr Jo Laycock - Honorary Research Fellow

Jo's research concerns the social and cultural history of modern Armenia, with particular reference to population displacement. Her monograph, Imagining Armenia: Orientalism, Ambiguity and Intervention was published by Manchester University Press in 2009 and addressed the relationships between representations of Armenia and humanitarian responses to the Armenian genocide.

In 2008 she was awarded a Manoogian-Simone Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where her research focused upon the repatriation of Armenians to the Soviet Republic of Armenia 1945-1949. The outcomes of this research include a chapter in the edited volume Warlands: Population Resettlement and State Reconstruction in the Soviet-East European Borderlands, 1945-1950 and an article ‘Ararat on one side, Yerevan on the opposite’ which will be published in Cultural and Social History in 2012.

Professor Barry Munslow - Honorary Research Fellow

Barry is a top-level policy advisor on the analysis of conflict, and transitions from conflict to sustainable development. He has played a central role in the design and delivery of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's Humanitarian Assistance training programmes.

He has worked in Guyana, Mozambique, Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe and has written extensively on complex emergencies and conflict worldwide.

Dr Leah Pybus - Honorary Research Fellow

Leah's focus is the research and analysis of global security and development issues. She is experienced in working for central government and the United Nations in front line roles and diverse and volatile environments, with a proven ability to form successful working relationships across disciplines, departments, organisations and countries. Leah also produces policy documents and briefings for ministers and senior officials.

Professor Steve Reyna - Honorary Professor

Steve Reyna has performed research in Power and Conflict/War and Violence: Global Historical Perspectives; Crude Domination: Oil and Contemporary Social Transformation; Post-colonial Development; and Western and Central African Ethnography.

He has conducted development missions for the UNDP, USAID, IFAD, and EU in fourteen West and Central African countries. He was the Founding Editor and first Editor of Anthropological Theory and is the Co-Founder and current Co-Head of Centre de la Recherche en Anthropologie et Sciences Humaines, Chad.

Professor Johan von Schreeb - Honorary Professor

Professor Johan von Schreeb is a medical doctor specialising in general surgery. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 1989 in several locations including Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan and Haiti. In 1992 he co-founded the Swedish MSF section and was its president until 1999. In 2002 he joined the department of Public Health/IHCAR at Karolinska Institutet to set up research on humanitarian healthcare for disaster-affected populations.

He has, in collaboration with WHO, MSF and Merlin, conducted needs assessments and evaluations in Kosovo, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Iran, DR Congo, Chad, Georgia and Haiti. In 2007 he defended his thesis "Needs assessments for international humanitarian health assistance in disasters".

Prof von Schreeb is currently developing innovative ways of rapidly collecting and disseminating needs assessment data following Sudden Onset Disasters (SOD) and has recently initiated a WHO/PAHO initiative that aims to define benchmark standards and accreditations for foreign medical teams in Sudden Onset Disasters.

Professor Richard Williams OBE - Honorary Professor

Prof Williams’ 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.

He was Scientific Adviser on Psychosocial Care to the Director of Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Health (2007-2011) and is Convener of Examiners in the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London for the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes (2012-2016).