Eleanor is a historian by training with a particular interest in the political and intellectual contexts that influence humanitarian action. Prior to joining HPG, she completed a DPhil at Queen Mary, University of London, on humanitarianism and revolutionary politics in France during the Cold War. She currently leads HPG's project on A Global History of Modern Humanitarian Action. Associated with this, she is co-editing, with Kim Scriven (Humanitarian Innovation Fund), a special issue of Disasters journal on the uses of history for humanitarian practice.
In addition to the global history project, Eleanor is working on issues relating to civil-military coordination and humanitarian negotiations. Alongside her research work, Eleanor is also providing editorial support to Disasters journal. She is the HPG contact for liaison with the tertiary education sector and part of the team working on the Advanced Course in Conflict, Crisis and Transitions held each year in collaboration with the University of York.
Eleanor is a Research Associate at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) of the University of Manchester. She is also a member of the Research Network on ‘Non-State Humanitarianism: From Colonialism to Human Rights’, hosted by the University of Birmingham. She is currently writing a study entitled "Idealism beyond Borders: The French Revolutionary Left and the Intellectual Origins of Humanitarianism, 1954-1988" for Cambridge University Press.