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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Postgraduate research

Our three year structured Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous, in-depth research and analysis on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.

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I wanted to pursue my PhD at a place that is linked to the real world and that invests in in-depth and quality research and there was the HCRI. The HCRI is also particularly unique in its interdisciplinary approach to humanitarianism, peace and conflict, which is an aspect I have come to appreciate even more as I have come in contact with and learnt from its brilliant staff and students.
Rana Khalaf

View our programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.


Finding a supervisor

Bringing together the study of applied medicine and the humanities our structured PhD programme is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and practice, to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased understanding and debate within the field of humanitarianism and global health.

As a PhD student at HCRI, you will be surrounded by globally renowned researchers, expert practitioners and policymakers and we welcome applications from students wishing to study in one of the following areas.

Current PhD students

Postgraduate researchers in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute pursue a wide range of different topics. 

Our current postgraduate researchers and their thesis titles:

  • Clare Atterton 
  • Ingri Buer - 'Everyday agency and community coping mechanisms in the presence of police pacification processes in Rio de Janeiro's favelas' (working title)
  • Juliano Fiori - 'In the Name of Humanity: A History of the Humanitarian Present'
  • Benjamin Gittins - 'Adapting to Insecurity: the increasing prominence of remote humanitarian management'
  • Dr Muhammed Munawar Bin Mohammed Hata - 'The Costs and Benefits of WHO Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Global Classification Process'
  • Nicola Jones - 'The changing nature of stigma: exploring experiences of HIV-related stigma in a post-flood context in Malawi'
  • Rana Khalaf - 'Dealing with governance during conflict, a key to peace? The case of the Syrian conflict'
  • Kubra Mertek - 'Post-cold war humanitarianism and discursive construction of 'neutrality': The case study of the ICRC in the Syrian Civil War' 
  • Margaux Pinaud - 'Home-grown peace: civil society roles in ceasefire implementation processes'
  • Maria Romero
  • Isabelle Schlapfer
  • Kristina Tschunkert - 'Cash a magnet for trouble? Exploring social and economic impacts of cash assistance on host-refugee relations' (working title)
  • Margot Tudor - 'Blue Helmet Bureaucracy: Peacekeeping as Colonial Ambition, a lesson in governance, and the exploitation of 'Humanitarianism'
  • Rebecca Viney-Wood - 'Written across your face: Refugees and Technologies of Identity in Historical Perspective' 
  • Hanna Matt - 'Second World Humanitarianism: The Soviet Society of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, 1941-1975' 
  • Rohi Jehan‘Formation of Women Counterpublics in Kashmir: A Case Study of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)’

For more detailed information, view the full profiles of our current PhD students.

Postgraduate research seminars

PhD students based in HCRI meet regularly in an informal environment to discuss ongoing work and career development. If you are working on a PhD in a relevant area and would like to connect with this group, please email

PhD study at the HCRI

Dr Eleanor Davey and research student Margot Tudor from the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute talk about PhD supervision and give you their top tips.