IHSA

The International Humanitarian Studies Association is a network engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability.

Susanne Jaspars

Secretary

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.

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