2021 Scientific Committee

The panels that are submitted to the 2021 conference will be reviewed by the following people:

Theme 1 – Health and the Environment 

Virginie Troit (Fondation Croix-Rouge/CERI)
Virginie Troit is the General Director at Fondation Croix-Rouge française pour la recherche/ The French Red Cross Foundation. She is a board member of the International Humanitarian Studies Association and a Committee member of the review Humanitarian Alternatives. Master’s in Political Science, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Master’s in Management, Toulouse Business School, University Degree in Ethics and medical Practices, University Aix-Marseille. She is a PhD candidate in International Relations, CERI (Sciences-Po/CNRS).

More information: https://www.fondation-croix-rouge.fr/en/la-fondation/lequipe/

Mohamed Jelle (UCL)
Mohamed Jelle is a research fellow at UCL Institute for Global Health and his main research focus lies in the intersection between nutrition, cash transfers, migration and use of verbal autopsies (VA), often within the context of populations affected by humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict or disasters. He has over 8 years progressive experience in humanitarian work both in programming and research capacities. Prior to joining UCL, Mohamed worked with local and international NGOs and the UN.  He holds an MSc in Nutrition and Rural Development from University of Gent, Belgium and is currently a PhD candidate in nutritional epidemiology at the UCL Institute for Global Health. He is a board member of IHSA.

More information: https://ihsa.info/boardmember/mohamed-jelle/

Dr. Carola Klöck (CERI/SciencesPo)
Carola Klöck (born Betzold) joins CERI in September 2018 as assistant professor in political science. In 2013, she obtained her PhD from ETH Zurich and then held positions at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, the University of Antwerp in Belgium and the University of Göttingen in Germany. Carola was also visiting scholar at the Australian National University in Australia (in 2016) and at the University of the South Pacific on its Laucala Campus in Fiji (2018).

Carola’s research is located at the interface of political science, human geography and development studies, and examines adaptation to climate change, and the politics of climate change more generally. At the moment, Carola analyses how adaptation finance is distributed as well as how this finance is used on the ground, with a specific interest in island contexts, notably small island developing states. The role of these states in international climate negotiations is also of interest to her.

Carola is co-author of “Development Aid and Adaptation to Climate Change” (London, Palgrave, 2018; with Florian Weiler) and currently co-edits a volume on adaptation in small island states that results from a workshop she has co-organised with funding from the Volkswagen Foundation (with Michael Fink).

More information: https://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/fr/users/carolakloeck

Dr. Michelle Reddy (CERI/SciencesPo)
Michelle Reddy is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the CERI, Sciences Po. She draws on comparative politics and organizational sociology to examine local organizations during crisis response, including Ebola, COVID-19, and the migration crisis. From 2017-2018 Michelle was a Fulbright Scholar in Sierra Leone and Guinea. In addition, she studies the framing of crises, and the emergence and evolution of education, health, and civil society organizations in the localisation of aid. Michelle received her PhD from Stanford University and is a lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs, where she teaches courses related to the international relations of Africa and education in emergencies. She has worked as a consultant for numerous international organizations, including the United Nations Office for West Africa and UNESCO.

More information: https://www.michellereddy.com/about

Dr. Auriane Guilbaud (SciencesPo)
Auriane is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University Paris 8 and a member of the research center Cresppa (Paris Center for Sociological and Political Research, UMR 7217). Her research interests include global health governance, the role of non-state actors in International Relations, and a sociological approach to the study of International Organizations. Among others, she is the author of Business Partners. Firmes privées et gouvernance mondiale de la santé (Business Partners. Private corporations and global health governance), Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2015; « Generous corporations? A Maussian analysis of international drug donations », Journal of International Political Theory, 2, June 2018; « L’Organisation mondiale de la santé et la Covid-19 » (The World Health Organization and the Covid-19 pandemic), Etudes, n°4273, juillet-août 2020, p. 7-20.

More information: https://www.cresppa.cnrs.fr/labtop/equipe/les-membres-du-labtop/guilbaud-auriane/?lang=en

Theme 2 – Localizing Humanitarian Studies

Prof. Dorothea Hilhorst (ISS/Erasmus University Rotterdam)
I am a professor of humanitarian studies at the International Institute for Social Studies of Erasmus University in The Hague. My focus is on aid-society relations: studying how aid is embedded in the context, impacts on governments and society, and is shaped by the manifold actions of actors in and around programmes for protection, service delivery and capacity development. I have a special interest in the intersections of humanitarianism with development, peacebuilding and gender-relations. My research programmes have taken place in settings affected by disaster, conflict and fragility, including Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka. Currently, my main research programme concerns cases where ‘conflict meets disaster’, that studies disaster governance in high-conflict, low-conflict and post-conflict societies. I have published 6 books, 46 journal articles, 34 book chapters and 44 professional publications, and I am a regular blogger.

Dorothea Hilhorst is the current president of IHSA.

More information: https://dorotheahilhorst.nl/

Prof. Tanja Müller (HCRI/University of Manchester)
Tanja is Professor of Political Sociology, and a founding member and former director of research (2010-2014) of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI). Tanja was also a founding member and convenor of the 2017 Manchester Migration Lab, and currently convenes the Global Development Institute  (GDI) Research Group on Migration, Refugees and Asylum.

After a career as a print- journalist, Tanja completed a PhD in 2003 and joined the University of Manchester in January 2006. Major themes of her research are (1) revolutions, rebel governance and new elites, explored for example in relation to the case of Eritrea in the book The Making of Elite Women: Revolution and Nation Building in Eritrea (2005); (2) patterns of global solidarity, explored in a case study from Mozambique in the book Legacies of Socialist Solidarity (2014), and the dynamics of celebrity humanitarianism; and (3) global rights, explored in relation to refugee and migrant trajectories and the concepts of insurgent and transnational citizenship as forms of resistance and belonging. Tanja is currently the Principal Investigator of a British Academy funded project on the role of the business sector in response to refugee movements (2018-2021); and an ESRC-funded project on diaspora citizenship and political belonging in the Horn of Africa (2020-2023).

More information: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/tanja.mueller.html

Dr. Alice Obrecht (ALNAP)
Alice is Head of Research and Impact, responsible for leading ALNAP’s research portfolio and guiding the content of its network learning activities.

Alice has ten years’ experience in qualitative research design and evidence-driven policy across a variety of topics in humanitarian action. She is an established research expert on humanitarian effectiveness, evidence uptake, aid sector accountability and innovation, and has research experience in over a dozen countries. Alice earned her PhD from the London School of Economics on NGO accountability mechanisms, and has worked with multilateral institutions, donors and NGOs as a consultant on accountability systems.

More information: https://www.alnap.org/about/alice-obrecht

Dr. Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO & NCHS)
Maria is senior researcher at PRIO and the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS). Her research interest are in:- EU border security policies in the Mediterranean: competing narratives on migration, humanitarian needs and border control
– Security and humanitarian surveillance technologies: legal framework, political and ethical challenges
– Humanitarian crises and their internationalization: new tools of communication, changing forms of media coverage, agenda-setting, international mobilization and shaping of crisis narratives, and the emerging or challenging norms of international responsibilities in internal crises (R2P, Protection of civilians, etc.)
– Rising powers’ involvement in humanitarianism and peacekeeping: the case of Brazil
– Conflict dynamics in Sudan and East Africa

More information: https://www.prio.org/People/Person/?x=6646

Prof. Kirsten Geldorf (University of Virginia)
Kirsten Gelsdorf is the Director of Global Humanitarian Policy at the University of Virginia. She currently co-leads a large research and engagement initiative the UVA Humanitarian Collaborative bringing together scholars, global practitioners, and students to develop research and engagement that contributes to supporting the needs of vulnerable populations caught in humanitarian crisis.  She has led major policy processes and authored numerous high-profile policy reports documents that have been implemented by international organizations and Governments and have been adopted in key UN resolutions. In 2019 with Daniel Maxwell she co-authored the book Understanding the Humanitarian World.

She is also the winner of the State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Virginia All-University Teaching Award, and the Batten School Excellence in Engagement in Public Policy and Leadership Award.

Professor Gelsdorf previously held the position of the Chief of Policy Analysis and Innovation at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and served in numerous country-based humanitarian response operations in Africa and Asia.

More information: https://batten.virginia.edu/people/kirsten-gelsdorf

Dr. Rodrigo Mena (ISS/Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Rodrigo Mena holds a PhD in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Governance from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, an MA in Environmental Studies from the University of Melbourne, and a BA in Political Science and a BA in Sociology. He is Assistant Professor at the ISS, visiting professor at the University for Peace, and an international consultant in humanitarian aid and disaster responses and risk reduction. Before his current positions, Rod worked with local and international NGOs, the UN, ministries, and as consultant and researcher, particularly in disasters and conflict-affected areas such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chile, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, or Yemen. He is also a university lecturer in different countries and Board Member of the International Humanitarian Studies Association.

More information: https://www.eur.nl/en/people/rod-mena-fluhmann

Prof. Frederic Ramel (SciencesPo)
Frederic Ramel is a full professor at Sciences Po. After his post-doct fellowship at the Raoul Dandurand Chair(University of Quebec at Montreal), Frédéric Ramel was Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Jean Moulin University (Lyon 3) from 2001 to 2007. As Associate Professor, he joined the law school Jean Monnet (University Paris-Sud 11). At the same time, he worked in the Center of Studies and Research at the Ecole Militaire before participating in the creation of the Strategic Research Institute of the Ecole Militaire, where he became his first Scientific Director from 2009 to 2013.

He was elected to the Executive Committee of the Standing Group of International Relations (European Consortium of Political Science) in 2010. He is a founding member and member of the Governing Council of EISA (European International Studies Association): a structure dedicated to the development of academic cooperation in the field of International Relations.

He has published in several peer-reviewed journals: International Studies Perspectives, The Journal of International Political Theory, International Peacekeeping, International Studies, Sociology and Societies, Words, Political Reasons, Revue française de sociologie. French Journal of Political Science. He is involved in several Editorial Boards of academic journals: Etudes internationales, European Review of International Studies, Spanish Yearbook of International Law. He was also expert for the National Fund for Scientific Research of Belgium between 2014 and 2019.

More information: https://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/en/cerispire-user/7195/2499

Theme 3 – Political economy and politics of humanitarianism

Dr. Andrew Cunningham (King’s College London)
Andrew Cunningham is Humanitarian Researcher and Analyst/Research Fellow at CSDRG War Studies Department at King’s College London.

I have spent the last 20+ years working in the humanitarian sector. In this time my interests have developed from pure field work to research, policy, and board engagement. I spent 12 years in the field with humanitarian organisations managing operations before transitioning to HQ roles dealing with policy issues. From that point I shifted my engagement more radically into Humanitarian Studies related research. This has involved completion of a PhD as well as publication of academic papers and a book on my central research theme—State-Humanitarian INGO relations. Outside my academic engagement I work as a researcher for international NGOs and on a variety of Humanitarian Studies related themes.

Andrew is currently a board member and treasurer at IHSA.

More information: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrew_Cunningham3

Dr. Diego Otegui (IHSA)
Diego is the President & CEO of the Imara International Humanitarian Group. He finished his Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management. The purpose of his doctoral research was to understand the logic behind the decision to send personnel to help the affected population in the aftermath of international disasters. During his doctoral studies, he has mainly focused his attention on the linkages between disasters and public security, decision making, international convergence and the role of gangs and violent groups in the aftermath of a disaster. He has presented his work at several international conferences and was honored to be deployed with a reconnaissance team to the aftermath of the Mexico Earthquakes in 2017 by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Diego is currently a board member at IHSA.

More information: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=S5LXr0EAAAAJ&hl=en

Dr. Susanne Jaspars (SOAS)
Susanne Jaspars is a Research Associate at the Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London. She recently completed PhD in Politics at the University of Bristol on the history and politics of food aid in Sudan, which she converted into a book published in 2018 (Food Aid in Sudan: A History of Power, Politics and Profit. Zed Books). She previously completed an MSc in Human Nutrition (in 1986). Susanne has worked in humanitarian crises for thirty years, as practitioner and researcher. As a practitioner she worked for worked for Medecins sans Frontieres (Holland), Oxfam-GB, UNHCR, WFP and others, and used this experience to inform her research. Prior to starting her PhD, Susanne worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute in London. Her research focusses on the social and political dynamics of food security, livelihoods and nutrition in situations of famine, conflict and disasters, and more recently on the humanitarian dimension of migration to Europe. Susanne has published a number of books, academic articles and policy reports, and is on the editorial board of Disasters journal.

Susanne is a board member and the current secretary of IHSA.

More information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff121034.php

Robert Kluijver (SciencesPo)
Robert Kluijver was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1968. He obtained a master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam in 1995, and another at Sciences Po Paris in 1999. He has worked in conflict zones from 1997 (Tajikistan) to 2018 (Somalia), roughly three years in Central Asia, seven in Afghanistan, seven in the Middle East and five in the Horn of Africa. He specializes in understanding social transformation through conflict, with a double focus on international politics and local cultural/artistic development in the areas he has worked.

From 2010 to 2016 he lectured two courses at the Paris School of International Affairs. Since 2016 he is a doctoral student affiliated to the CERI with as dissertation subject the international state-building project in Somalia. He is Dutch and now lives in Brussels with his family. His side interests include astrology & cosmology, ancient history and cultural heritage and foreign cultures, language and literature.

More information: https://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/en/cerispire-user/17576/35055

Theme 4 – Technology and innovation track

 Dr. Larissa Fast (ODI)
Larissa is a research associate at ODI. She brings more than 20 years of academic research and policy-related experience, including work for and with aid agencies and other international organizations. Her research and writing focuses on humanitarian security and risk management, humanitarian principles, peacebuilding, and conflict. She holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

More information: https://www.odi.org/experts/1678-larissa-fast

Dr. Katja Lindskov Jacobsen (University of Copenhagen)
Is a senior researcher at the University of Copenhagen. Broadly speaking my research focuses on security and intervention. Thematically, I have for example looked at various UN interventions, at humanitarian technology uses as interventions, and at practices of maritime capacity building and institutional capacity building of regional security actors. One of the issues that interests me about this broad range of contemporary security practices, is the question of how such interventions influence the global distribution of security/insecurity. Geographically, a large part of my research has focused on Africa – on maritime security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea, on various UN interventions in Africa, and on regional security organisations in East Africa. In many of my research projects, an important dimension has also been the issue of Danish security policies and practices, for example in relation to UN peace operations or in relation to maritime security.

I hold a Ph.D. in International Relations from Lancaster University (UK), and an MSc in Global Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science.

More information: https://cms.polsci.ku.dk/english/staff/?pure=en/persons/221400

 Dr. Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO)

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik is a senior researcher at The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Sandvik has previously worked internationally as a children’s rights activist. She holds an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her work on the socio-legal aspects of humanitarianism has appeared in the Journal of Human Rights Practice, the International Journal of Refugee Law and PoLAR: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review, among other. Her current projects are on internally displaced women in Colombia and the humanitarian aspects of emergent military technologies.

Kristin is currently a board member at IHSA.
More information: https://www.prio.org/People/Person/?x=6417

Theme 5 – Migration, displacement and refugees

Dr. Susanne Jaspars (SOAS)
Susanne Jaspars is a Research Associate at the Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London. She recently completed PhD in Politics at the University of Bristol on the history and politics of food aid in Sudan, which she converted into a book published in 2018 (Food Aid in Sudan: A History of Power, Politics and Profit. Zed Books). She previously completed an MSc in Human Nutrition (in 1986). Susanne has worked in humanitarian crises for thirty years, as practitioner and researcher. As a practitioner she worked for worked for Medecins sans Frontieres (Holland), Oxfam-GB, UNHCR, WFP and others, and used this experience to inform her research. Prior to starting her PhD, Susanne worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute in London. Her research focusses on the social and political dynamics of food security, livelihoods and nutrition in situations of famine, conflict and disasters, and more recently on the humanitarian dimension of migration to Europe. Susanne has published a number of books, academic articles and policy reports, and is on the editorial board of Disasters journal.

Susanne is a board member and the current secretary of IHSA.

More information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff121034.php

Dr. Hélène Thiollet (SciencesPo)
Hélène is a CNRS permanent researcher. Her research deals with the politics of migration and asylum in the Global South, and she focuses her empirical research on the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. She teaches international relations, comparative politics and migration studies at Sciences Po and EHESS.

She is a graduate from the Ecole normale supérieure (Ulm A/L98), holds a PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po and Master degrees in Geography of development (University of Paris 1 La Sorbonne) and Classics (University of Paris 4 La Sorbonne). In 2002-2003 she was a Visiting Student at the Harvard University Department of Government, with a fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow at Oxford University in 2009-2010 with the OxPo Research grant. She is a board member of Migration Politics and Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales.

Hélène has been involved in the following projects:

  • as PI for “PACE” “The Politics of Asylum Crises in Europe” funded by the French National Agency for Research €352,000 (2019-2023)
  • as PI for the CERI Sciences Po team for the “MAGYC” project “Migration Governance and AsYlum Crises” funded by the H2020 (Grant Agreement: 822806) €400,000 (2018-2022).
  • as co-PI with Catherine Wihtol de Wenden for MOBGLOB “Global Governance of Mobility” funded by the French National Agency for Research €247,000 (2012-2015)
  • as member of the program “Villes-mondes: approches comparées du cosmopolitisme et des migrations” financé par l’USPC “Sociétés plurielles”
  • as member of SYSREMO “Géographies de la mondialisation: Emergence d’un système régional au Moyen-Orient” funded by the French National Agency for Research PI: Leila Vignal.

Dr. Céline Cantat (CERI/SciencesPo)
Céline is a Research Fellow at the CERI as part of H2020 project MAGYC, which focuses on the relation between ‘crisis’ as a set of discourses and practices, and the governance of migration. Her recent research has focused on migration solidarity mobilisation, globalisation and migration, racism and exclusion in Europe, and state formation and dynamics of mass displacement.

Before starting at the CERI, Céline was a Marie Curie Individual Fellow at the Central European University (CEU) as part of project MigSol examining solidarity with and by migrants and refugees along the Balkan route. She also acted as Academic Program Manager of CEU’s OLIve-UP, a university preparatory program for refugee students, and conducted a postdoctoral project concerned with solidarity mobilisation with refugees in Hungary.

Previously, Celine completed her PhD in Refugee Studies at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, at the University of East London, and spent a year at Migrinter, Universite de Poitiers, as an INTEGRIM Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher. Celine’s PhD research was concerned with pro- migrant organisations and networks in France, Italy and the UK and the construction of political responses to the European Union project and its border regime.

Celine holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in European Studies from King’s College London. She has also worked and volunteered with migrants’ rights’ organisations in London and Paris, as well as with refugee groups in Syria.