Dorothea Hilhorst is professor of Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction at Wageningen University. Her research concerns the aidnography of humanitarian crises and fragile states. Her publications focus on the everyday practices of humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, reconstruction and peace building. She coordinates research programmes in Angola, DRC, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mozambique and Uganda. Thea Hilhorst completed her dissertation in 2000 on a Philippine development NGO and its surrounding networks, clientele and donors (The Real World of NGOs. Discourses, Diversity and Development, Zedbooks). She was one of the organizers of the 2009 World Conference of Humanitarian Studies in the Netherlands.