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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Eleanor Davey
Eleanor Davey

Eleanor Davey

Research Officer, Humanitarian Policy Group

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.

Participants at 2013 Advanced Course
Participants at 2013 Advanced Course

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Advanced course on conflict, crisis and transitions - 2014

Event - Course - 16 - 23 July 2014
​The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute and the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York are pleased to offer their fifth annual ‘Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions’. The week-long programme targeting mid-career and senior professionals will be held on the parkland campus of the University of York.

The search for common ground: Police, protection and coordination in Timor-Leste

Publication - Research reports and studies - 31 December 2013
What is the role of international police in transitional settings? This report examines international police engagement in Timor-Leste – the evolution of policing in UN missions between 1999 and 2012, impact on development of the National Police of Timor-Leste, and interaction between civilian and military actors – particularly during the humanitarian response to the violence in 2006.
Eleanor Davey

A multitude of meanings in a mutual past

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 29 April 2013

Rarely does a research project answer one of its key questions halfway through. This time, however, two years into work on the history of humanitarian action and after an event on the experience of the Middle East and North Africa, we have resolved our enquiry into whether there is ‘a common regional understanding of the meaning, origins and composition of humanitarian action’. The answer is no.


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