Susanne Jaspars

Susanne Jaspars is an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, where she has just completed her PhD in Politics.  Her thesis is on the history and politics of food aid in Sudan. She also has an MSc in Human Nutrition.  Susanne has worked in the field of humanitarian aid for thirty years as practitioner and researcher, mostly in the Horn of Africa.  She worked for Medecins sans Frontieres (Holland), Oxfam-GB, UNHCR, WFP and others.  During this period she also carried out applied research on key issues she was confronted with as a practitioner, for example the role of nutrition in famine situations, the manipulation of food aid in conflict, and the challenges of targeting the vulnerable. Prior to starting her PhD, Susanne worked as a Research Fellow in the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute, leading its research on food security and livelihoods.  She has published a number of books, academic articles and policy reports, and is on the editorial board of Disasters journal.  Her research interests are the social and political aspects of food security, livelihoods and nutrition in situations of conflict, famine and humanitarian crises and response.