The truly multidisciplinary approach of the HCRI is reflected in the leadership team which comprises renowned researchers and expert practitioners working on a global scale. The core team draws upon additional subject specialists as dictated by the growing nature of the research and taught programmes.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0464 (via HCRI)
Qualified as a medical doctor, Rony Brauman has worked in the field of international medical assistance since 1977. Initially serving as a field physician in developing countries with Médecins San Frontières (France), he became the President of the organisation from 1982 -1994.
Director of HCRI, Rony is also Associate Professor at L'Institut d'Études Politiques (Paris), and Director of Research at the MSF Foundation also in Paris.
Professor Banatvala is currently Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General (Noncommunicable 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.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0464, C1.49, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Betty-Ann Bristow obtained her undergraduate degree in Ethics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, and completed her MRes in Philosophy here at The University of Manchester. Betty-Ann has worked in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures for over four years, working in programmes & assessment administration, and student support. She joined HCRI in Nov 2011 where she takes a lead role on the planning and implementation of HCRI’s extensive programme of events and is also the first point of contact for all students taking our online programmes in global health.
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 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.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3285, C1.47, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Dr Jenny Carson completed her PhD at the University of Manchester in 2009 and has been working as a Research Associate at HCRI since February 2010. Jenny took up the post of Lecturer in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response August 2011.
Jenny's research focuses on the humanitarian assistance provided to refugees and displaced persons (DP) since 1945, with special reference to the work of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). One element of her work, focusing on Quaker responses to DP nationalism in camps in Germany after World War 2, appears in Warlands: Population Resettlement and State Reconstruction in Soviet-East European Borderlands, 1945-1950, eds. Peter Gatrell and Nick Baron (2009).
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Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0460, C1.43, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Maura received an M.A. in International Development (Social Policy and Social Development) from the Institute of Development and Policy Management, University of Manchester in 2006 and was awarded a PhD in International Development (also within IDPM) in 2012. An experienced tutor, Maura joined HCRI to provide maternity leave cover for Dr Barni Nor.
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Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5728, C1.47, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Rubina’s areas of interest are anthropology of violence and reconstruction, medical anthropology with special focus on social suffering and mental illness, and the study of lived Islam in South Asia and the UK. Her doctoral work examined moral and material ‘reconstruction’ of life after an episode of ethnic violence in Gujarat, Western India in 2002.
Working with survivors of ethnic violence, she became interested in mental illness and has completed two pieces of research on ethnicity and mental illness in inner city areas of Birmingham and is the qualitative lead on research studies looking at help-seeking and ‘institutional racism’. At HCRI, she aims to pursue further research in the areas of conflict, culture and mental health.
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Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3078, C1.43, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Paul completed his PhD studies in Operations Research at Aston Business School where he worked within the Aston Business School
CRISIS Centre analysing evacuation decision-making in advance of catastrophic disaster across the EU and in Japan. His research interests include applied quantitative research methods, statistical decision theory, geographic information systems (GIS) and the application of these techniques to emergency management. He completed his bachelors degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) as well as a masters degree in Development Economics from the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA).
Previous work experience includes participation in emergency/crisis research with the City of Pittsburgh Emergency Operations Center, the Pacific Disaster Center (Kihei, Hawaii), and the Ford Institute of Human Security (Pittsburgh, PA). He has also consulted on disaster management projects with local community resilience teams, Environment Agency and local fire/police services in the UK.
Professor Kapila has extensive experience in the policy and practice of international development, humanitarian affairs, and diplomacy, including human rights, disaster and conflict management, and in global public health.
Mukesh’s early career was in clinical medicine, primary health care, and public health in the NHS. He later joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Overseas Development Administration (later Department for International Department), initially as senior health and population adviser and latterly as the first head of a new Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department.
Mukesh went on to become the Special Adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and then Special Adviser at the UN Mission in Afghanistan. Later, he led the UN’s largest country mission at the time as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, and then became a Director at the World Health Organization. In 2003, he was awarded the CBE for his international service and received the Global Citizenship Award of the Institute for Global Leadership in 2007.
Just prior to joining us in Manchester, he was Under Secretary General at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world’s largest humanitarian and development network, where he was the catalyst for the development of the partnership with HCRI.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3097, N2.1, Samuel Alexander Building
Peter obtained his undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. He has spent most of his academic career at The University of Manchester, including working as Head of the School of History and Classics between 1997 and 2002 prior to becoming part of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures.
Peter's research and teaching interests fall into two broad categories: population displacement in world history and the history of modern Europe. These twin interests are also brought together in his commitment to the cultural history of modern war.
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.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0414, 1.014 Arthur Lewis Building
After working in Turkey and Nigeria during the 1990s, Tim Jacoby won an ESRC-funded place on the International Conflict Analysis Masters degree programme at the University of Kent.
He then completed his PhD and an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Politics at the University of York from 1999-2003. Since 2005, he has been senior lecturer in conflict studies at the Institute for Development Policy & Management within the University of Manchester. His research concerns the historical sociology of state development, facism, political violence and post-war reconstruction - with a particular focus on Turkey.
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 diasporan 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.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3419, C1.39, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Roger Mac Ginty is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute and the Department of Politics. He is editor (with Oliver Richmond) of the new Taylor and Francis journal Peacebuilding and is currently editing the Handbook on Peacebuilding for Routledge. In 2011-12 he is working on an EU FP7 project ‘Cultures of governance and conflict resolution in India and the EU’. He edits the Rethinking Political Violence book series with Palgrave. His latest book is International Peacebuilding and Local Resistance.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0413, 1.013 Arthur Lewis Building
Tanja R. Müller received an MA in Linguistics and Philosophy (1991) at the Freie Universität Berlin, an MA in Development Studies at University College Dublin (1994), and a Ph.D. in Development Studies (2003) at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
She has worked as a university lecturer in Dublin (1991-1993) and Asmara (2000-2001), as an education consultant in Japan (1997-1999), and as a journalist on development-related issues (1994-2000). She was assistant professor at Wageningen University from 2003-2005 with the programme African Women Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment (AWLAE), where she worked on the implications of the HIV/AIDS pandemic for rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.
She joined the Institute for Development Policy & Management (IDPM) within the University of Manchester in 2006.
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.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3274, C1.24, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Jenny Peterson conducts 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 current research agenda questions 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 joins the HCRI from the University of British Columbia in Canada where she recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Science.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 8469, C1.37 Ellen Wilkinson Building
Emily's primary research interest lies in examining innovative forms of responding to trauma, and how their incorporation into the Peacebuilding discourse may open up the discipline itself, as well as its respective sub-fields. Additional research interests and previous work include: narrative therapy, the role of civil society in conflicts; human rights and processes of desecuritisation; citizenship and identity; and migrants and social movements.
Emily is Course Director for the MA in Peacebuilding and joined HCRI from the University of St Andrews where she was working as a Lecturer in the School of International Relations.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 7867, C1.36 Ellen Wilkinson Building
Sandra completed her PhD in International Relations at the University of Cambridge before joining the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as a Postdoctoral Fellow. More recently she worked with Professors Mac Ginty and Richmond at the University of St Andrews on their European research projects. Sandra joined HCRI in May 2012 as a Postdoctrial Fellow and secured her Lectureship in July 2013.
Sandra's research interests include state-building and state formation in the Middle East; dynamics of mobilization in resistance movements; and development and conflict resolution.
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
Helen graduated from Cambridge University in 2004, and after working in London and Florence, Italy, she moved back to Manchester to take up the position of Manager of the UK International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) which is the first formal registration of health workers willing to respond to large scale emergencies overseas.
The register has been developed in conjunction with the UK government departments of health and international development and has the support of major NGOs including merlin and MSF. Integral to registration is the promotion of training and accountability.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 8479, C1.34, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Tony has led medical teams to sudden onset disasters, complex emergencies and conflicts for over twenty five years . He recently led medical teams to the earthquakes in china in 2008 and Haiti in 2010. He is Director of the UK international Emergency trauma register which aims to improve training and accountability of those who respond to large scale emergencies overseas. He is academic lead for global health education at Manchester medical school
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3197, C1.25, Ellen Wilkinson Building
Oliver joined us as Professor of International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies. His primary area of expertise is in peace and conflict theory, and in particular its interlinkages with IR theory. Recently, he has become interested in local forms of critical agency and resistance, and their role in constructing hybrid or post-liberal forms of peace and states (see A Post-Liberal Peace, 2011). He is editor (with Roger Mac Ginty) of the new Taylor and Francis journal Peacebuilding.
Oliver is currently co-directing and involved in several major research projects, funded by a range of research councils and donors. He has received several major grants, including from the Leverhulme Trust, two EUFP7 grants, an EU Marie Curie for post-doctoral support, two grants from the British Academy, as well as UNU, the Carnegie and Nuffield Trusts (for fieldwork and for further post-doctoral support).
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 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.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3102, W2.16, Samuel Alexander Building
Born in France, Professor Bertrand Taithe studied at the Sorbonne with Professor François Crouzet and began his career as a historian of urban sociology. He later moved into the history of medicine and sexuality and is particularly interested in the history of humanitarian aid.
Professor Taithe is a prolific author, Editor of the European Review of History, and HCRI Director of External Affairs.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3357, SL09, Martin Harris Centre
James Thompson is HCRI Executive Director, Project Director of In Place of War, and a Professor of Applied and Social Theatre in the Department of Drama at the University of Manchester.
In Place of War came out of his work in Sri Lanka, where in 2000 he was invited by UNICEF to run training courses for practitioners working with young people affected by conflict. During these sessions, James was impressed by the extensive use of theatre in response to the 20 year long civil war, which in turn, led to many of the research questions addressed by In Place of War.
James specialises in performance in conflict and disaster zones, theatre with offenders, theatre and development and Sri Lankan theatre. He has documented theatre practice in Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, Banda Aceh and the UK.
In addition to his role within HCRI, Darren is the Clinical Director for Urgent Care and a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of South Manchester, an EMS Assistant Medical Director of the North West Ambulance Service and Medical Director of the Regional Air Ambulance in the North West of England.
He is Co-Chair of the Training & Standards Board of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and currently chairs the International Committees of the British Association for Immediate Care and the National Association of EMS Physicians in the USA. He is Secretary of the World Association for Disaster & Emergency Medicine and represents them at the Emergency Department of the World Health Organisation and at the Global Health Cluster. Through the UHSM Academy, he is leading a programme with Gulu University in Northern Uganda to develop a trauma system in this post-conflict region of Africa.
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).