"Academics, practitioners and communities affected by crisis can learn a lot from each other. Knowledge sharing – on an equal footing - is extremely important."

About me

I am an expert in development in areas affected by disaster, conflict or fragility, with a special focus on aid-society relations: the impact of humanitarian aid on society and the ways in which people and institutions shape the organization of aid relations.

I have supervised 32 PhD candidates (9 ongoing and 23 completed). In my current position, I am director of HSC, Humanitarian Studies Center.

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.

In addition to my academic research, I maintain a portfolio for applied assignments and advisory work, which has enhanced an intimate knowledge base of international organizational processes.

Thea Hilhorst tweets on humanitarian issues @hilhorst_thea and regularly writes blogs at www.issblog.nl

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