Hum-Gov team and collaborations

ISS researchers and project partners
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The project team is led by Professor Dorothea Hilhorst and Assistant Professor Rodrigo Mena. Partners include institutes in Colombia, Ethiopia and the DRC, 3 PhD candidates and 1 Post-doctoral researcher.

Project coordination

Post-doctoral researcher

  • Kaira Cenete

    Kaira Zoe Alburo-Cañete, Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social Studies. Her research interests include rethinking notions of resilience and sustainability by centring perspectives of marginalized groups (the 'vulnerable') and advancing feminist ethics of care in crisis response and governance. 


PhD researchers

  • Gabriella Villacis

    Gabriela Villacis, PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies working on the study of the different patterns and actors involved in the humanitarian governance arena, with emphasis on crisis-affected populations in Colombia by adopting a research approach ‘from below’.

  • Hyeonggeun Ji

    Hyeonggeun Ji, PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies working on the aspects of humanitarian governance and response to climate-related displacement with a particular emphasis on knowledge process and political dynamics.

  • Delu Lusambya

    Delu LusambyaPhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies working on humanitarian governance in DR Congo: Reflections on interaction patterns of actors and local engagement in humanitarian governance.

Project partners

  • Juan Ricardo Aparicio

    Juan Ricardo Aparicio, Associate Professor at the Department of Languages and Culture, Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia. He works on humanitarian governance, development projects, social movements, and internally displaced persons and their protection within the post-conflict scenario in Colombia.

  • Tadesse Kassa Woldetsadik

    Tadesse Kassa Woldetsadik, Associate Professor at the Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University and a Senior Policy Advisor, Ethiopian Investment Commission.

  • Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa

    Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa, professor at Institut Supérieur des Techniques Médicales de Bukavu (ISTM-Bukavu) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He works on participatory approaches to health, governance and social accountability, development and reconstruction, and is currently doing research on social accountability, sexual violence, gender, connectivity and mobility of displaced people and on COVID-19 in the DRC.
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  • Marie-Rose Bashwira

    Marie-Rose Bashwira, Gender and natural resources governance, CREGED- ISDR, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  • Claude Iguma Wakenge

    Claude Iguma Wakenge, Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural (ISDR), Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
    He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands). Author of Stade Coltan. Extraction Minière Artisanale, Réformes et Changement Social à l’est de la RD Congo (L’Harmattan 2019). He has published on NGOs, armed groups, mining cooperatives and smuggling of minerals. 

Project management

  • Nadya Kramers

    Nadya Kramers, Project Officer at the International Institute of Social Studies. Nadya provides technical support to the project and will ensure adherence to ERC regulations.

  • Michelle Willems

    Michelle Willems, Junior Project and Research Communications Officer at the International Institute of Social Studies. Michelle provides support in research communication activities.

  • Rachel Visscher

    Rachel Visscher, Research communication officer at the International Institute of Social Studies

  • Adinda Ceelen

    Adinda Ceelen, Knowledge Broker & Research Communications Advisor at the International Institute of Social Studies.

Project networks

The International Humanitarian Studies Association is a network engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by disaster, conflict, or political instability. Humanitarian studies concern how humanitarian crises evolve, how they affect people and their institutions, communities and societies, and the responses they trigger

The Netherlands is one of the biggest humanitarian players in the world, and the Dutch humanitarian field is broad and diverse. Varied expertise is available from academics, policymakers, practitioners, entrepreneurs and others.

Cross-sectoral exchange of knowledge, however, is modest, and translating existing knowledge into new actions and policies remains a challenge. KUNO facilitates knowledge sharing and reflection. In this way, KUNO helps the Dutch humanitarian sector to innovate and jointly meet challenges of the future.

Humanitarian Observatories are organized spaces where participants representing multiple actors discuss a variety of topics in relation to humanitarian governance. Actors can include, for example, national aid providers, civil society actors, research institutions, independent researchers, academics, think tanks, and government representatives.

Currently, three Observatories are in the starting phase in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Colombia. The Humanitarian Observatories allow for a network of actors working in humanitarian governance to be built.

Applied research

  • Study 'Flood Risk of IDPs in Burkina Faso'  with 510 of the Netherlands Red Cross            

This project to assess the risk of flooding in areas where IDPs are installed in Burkina Faso. The project includes the assessment of the vulnerability of the population and proposes mitigation measures to prevent/reduce the impact of flooding on IDPs and their hosts.

Hum-Gov members: Rodrigo Mena, Hyeonggeun Ji.

  • Project 'Social Science for Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action' with  UNICEF

This project seeks to strengthen global and regional demand and capacity for social science integration into humanitarian programming to ensure the engagement of affected and at-risk communities throughout the humanitarian programme cycle. HumGov members: Thea Hilhorst, Kaira Alburo-Cañete, Rodrigo Mena.

As part of this collaboration a series of our Hum-Gov monthly webinars will be coordinated and curated in collaboration with UNICEF.

  • Project 'ICRC Climate-risk Screenings: Afghanistan and Uganda' with Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The Climate-risk Screening project seeks to support the ICRC in the integration of risks and opportunities arising from climate, propose a concrete set of recommendations in the form of an action plan, co-develop steps towards integrating climate solutions in the short, medium and long term.

Hum-Dov supported the process in the screening of Afghanistan’s ICRC projects and expert review of the report on Uganda.

Hum-Gov members: Rodrigo Mena.

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