I am a scholar working at the intersection of the worlds of academia, policy, and practice. My research addresses two fundamental problems: how best to protect civilians, particularly those who intervene in violent conflict, and how to make such intervention more effective, ethical, and responsive to local needs and circumstances. In addition to my book Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism, I have published numerous peer-reviewed articles and policy reports.
I have worked for both government and non-government agencies as a project manager, consultant, and analyst, and provided training to individuals and organizations in peacebuilding and conflict analysis. Prior to my current position at Manchester, I was a Senior Research Fellow at ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group, a Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholar (2016-2017), and a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2014-2016) at USAID’s Global Development Lab. I also held faculty positions at the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and Conrad Grebel University College (University of Waterloo, Canada).