Researchers at UCD


Pat Gibbons

Lecturer, Director of The Ucd Centre For Humanitarian Action

School of Agriculture & Food Science
Agriculture and Food Science Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: + 353 1 716 7792


Pat Gibbons PhD is Director of the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA).  Pat worked for more than a decade on both humanitarian and development programmes, in Africa and Ireland, before returning to UCD in 1997 to manage the Master's Programme in Humanitarian Action under the auspices of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).  His experiences spans a range of aid sectors including public, private, NGO as well as academia.  He served as President of NOHA between 2007 and 2014. He has championed the development of humanitarian education and research at UCD for the past twenty years.  Pat leads a small inter-disciplinary group of academics who are committed to contributing to the first of UCD's Major Strategic Initiatives: 'tackling global challenges'. Pat was the Irish academic representative for the recent World Humanitarian Summit consultative process 2014 - 2016 and he chaired the Irish Humanitarian Summit Steering Committee throughout the consultative process.  He is currently Principal Investigator for a number of significant humanitarian research programmes including: the Marie Curie Horizon 2020 RISE Programme titled Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerabilities; the Irish Summer School on Gender Based Violence; Building Resilience through Education; and the Irish Humanitarian Innovation Hub. 


Honours and Awards

Year: 1998.
Title: Dubai International Award for its community development strategy


Association: Network on Humanitarian Action, Function/Role: President
Association: Development Studies Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Gibbons, P (2017) Discussant for session: What do we now know about Resilience?. [Other], An Alliance2015 Learning Roundtable on Resilience, Hunger and Poverty, Croke Park, Dublin , 07-DEC-18 - 07-DEC-18.
Pat Gibbons (2017) Reconceptualising Humanitarian Action in favour of Affected People. [Oral Presentation], Towards a Resilent Society, University Gadjah Mada , 15-MAY-17 - 17-MAY-17.
Gibbons, P (2017) Building Resilience Through Education: Wolaita, SNNPR, Ethiopia: Localising transformative resilience. [Invited Oral Presentation], Global Humanitarian Policy Forum, United Nations, New York , 13-DEC-18 - 13-DEC-18.
Pat Gibbons (2017) Humanitarian Principles: evolution and future in a changing humnaitarian context. [Invited Oral Presentation], NOHA SPRING SCHOOL IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION, Vilnius, Lithuania , 08-MAY-17 - 12-MAY-17.
Gibbons, P (2016) Safety of Aid Workers. [Chaired Session], PROTECTING THE UNPROTECTED, KUBUS, Nevelstr. 29c, 44795 Bochum, Germany , 21-SEP-16 - 22-SEP-16.
Gibbons, P (2016) Building Resilience Through Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], IUFOST - 18th World Congress of Food and Technology, RDS Dublin, Ireland , 21-AUG-16 - 25-AUG-16.
Gibbons, P (2016) Progressing Ireland's Recommendations and Suggested Undertakings. [Invited Oral Presentation], GAME-CHANGER OR BUSINESS AS USUAL: Reflections on the World Humanitarian Summit, Royal Irish Academy, Dawson St, Dublin 2 , 13-JUL-16 - 13-JUL-16.
Gibbons, P (2016) Discussions on the core themes and priorities of the European Union's position on global humanitarian action in the run up to the WHS. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Humanitarian Roundtables, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 30-MAR-16 - 31-MAR-16.
Gibbons, P (2016) School designed for humanitarian professionals - A short history of Humanitarian action. Principles for Humanitarian action at stake today,. [Invited Lecture], NOHA Fall School 2016, Brussels, Fondation Universitaire Stichting, , 28-NOV-16 - 02-DEC-16.
Gibbons, P. (2016) EC fund gathering of Humanitarian policy makers, academics and practioners. [Invited Lecture], NOHA Spring School on Humanitarian Action, ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary , 09-MAY-16 - 13-MAY-16.
Pat Gibbons and Chris Pain (2016) Social Capital and Urban Resilence. [Oral Presentation], World Humanitarian Studies Conference, Addis Ababa , 05-MAR-16 - 08-MAR-16.
Pat Gibbons (2016) The role of voluntary organisations in Horizon 2020. [Invited Oral Presentation], Information Session on Horizon 2020 for the Voluntary Sector, Alexander Hotel, Dublin , 28-JAN-16 - 28-JAN-16.
Gibbons. P (2016) First ever World Humanitarian Summit to develop - An Agenda for Humanity. [Roundtable Participant], World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, Turkey , 23-MAY-16 - 25-MAY-16.
Pat Gibbons (2015) 'Istanbul 2016: Agenda for Humanitarian Action'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Transformative Change? The Role of Evidence-Based Research and Impact in Global Development, DSA Ireland Annual Conference 2015, Dublin , 19-NOV-15 - 20-NOV-15.
Pat Gibbons and Ronan McDermott (2015) The Role of Academia in Humanitarian Action: opportunities through NOHA Global. [Invited Lecture], Promoting knowledge sharing through peer review publication, University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia , 17-DEC-15 - 17-DEC-15.
Pat Gibbons (2015) Humanitarian Action: history and contemporary challenges. [Invited Lecture], Humanitarian Action: Issues and challenges, Budapest , 14-MAY-15 - 15-MAY-15.
Pat Gibbons (2015) Learning from the NOHA Philosophy. [Invited Oral Presentation], Establishing a SE Asia Network of Universities to Promote Humanitarian Education and Research, Bangkok , 15-APR-15 - 17-APR-15.
Pat Gibbons (2014) Principles for humanitarian action at stake today. Types of crises and present day context. [Keynote Address], Quality of humanitarian work: criteria and measurement, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, , 12-MAY-14 - 14-MAY-15.
Pat Gibbons (2014) Building on Affected Population Capacities: from victims to actors. [Plenary Lecture], 'Past, Present and Future of Peace Research', Groningen, The Netherlands , 11-DEC-14 - 12-NOV-15.
Pat Gibbons (2013) Welcome Address. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Humanitarian Roundtable Ireland: on occasion of Ireland's EU Presidency, Newman House, Dublin , 03-APR-13 - 03-APR-13.
Pat Gibbons (2013) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Progressing Reconciliation: The Role of Peace Agreements in Societal Reconciliation ¿ The Northern Ireland Case, UCD , 01-NOV-13 - 01-NOV-13.
Pat Gibbons (2013) Role of Academia in Humanitarian Action. [Keynote Address], UNDERSTANDING HUMANITARIAN ACTION: finding the space, Vilnius, Lithuania , 12-NOV-13 - 12-NOV-15.
Pat Gibbons (2012) The History & Future of the Irish role in Shaping Humanitarian Assistance Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Fight Against Hunger: The History and Future of the Irish Role in Humanitarian Assistance, Fordham University, New York , 14-MAY-12 - 14-MAY-12.
Gibbons, P.; (2011) Cross cultural education and the transformation of teacher & learner roles: the NOHA experience. [Invited Oral Presentation], International conference on Cross Cultural Education, Notre Dame University, the Lebanon , 02-JUN-11 - 02-JUN-11.
Pat Gibbons; (2011) Including evidence based practice in the academic curriculum. [Plenary Lecture], Trinity Development Research Week 2011: Development Evidence Based Aid: Helping Decision Makers Before and After Natural Disasters, Trinity College Dublin , 09-NOV-11 - 09-NOV-11.
Gibbons, P.; (2011) The Relevance of the Sphere Standards in Contemporary Complex Emergencies. [Chaired Session], The Launch of Sphere handbook 2011, Irish Royal Academy , 14-APR-11 - 14-APR-11.
Gibbons, P.; (2010) Political and humanitarian perspectives on the protection of civilians. [Chaired Session], NOHA Seminar of Protection in Humanitarian Action, University of Deusto, Spain , 21-MAY-10 - 21-MAY-10.
Gibbons, P. ; (2010) Supporting grass-roots reconciliation: challenges to local communities in Northern Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Globalisation and Conflict: Enlargement between Local and Cosmopolitan Orientations, University of Groningen, The Netherland , 28-SEP-10 - 30-SEP-10.
Gibbons, P.; (2009) Private sector involvement in societal reconstruction: the missing link of wolf in sheep¿s clothing. [Invited Oral Presentation], Humanitarian awareness raising seminar on the event of the Swedish presidency of the EU, Uppsala University, Sweden , 19-NOV-09 - 19-NOV-09.
Gibbons, P.; (2008) The Contribution of the Network on Humanitarian Action to Humanitarian Action. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting of NGO partners to the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office, Brussels, Belgium , 12-DEC-08 - 12-DEC-08.
Gibbons, P.; (2008) ¿Saving Lives, Alleviating Suffering and Maintaining Human Dignity¿: Are these Goals of Humanitarian Action Universally Accepted?. [Invited Oral Presentation], 7th Humanitarian Congress Theory and Practice in Humanitarian Action, Berlin, Germany , 18-NOV-08 - 19-NOV-08.
Gibbons. P. ; (2004) Involving Communities in the Rural Development Process. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Seminar hosted by the Confederation of European Councillors, County Monaghan , 19-MAR-04.
P.F. Gibbons; (2004) Bridging the Gap between Protection and Assistance?. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva , 15-APR-04.
Gibbons, P; (2004) Humanitarian Principles and Their Expression in a Changing World. [Invited Oral Presentation], DOCHAS, Dublin , 09-DEC-04 - 09-DEC-04.


Committee : Board of Link Community Development
Committee : Advisory Board of Plan Ireland
Committee : Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Biology and Environmental Sc.
Committee : UN OCHA Humanitarian Effectiveness Team
Committee : Plan Ireland Advisory Board
Committee : Steering Committee of Ireland Humanitarian Agenda
Committee : NOHA Global
Committee : General Assembly of Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA)
Committee : Steering Committee of ISS-GBV
Committee : Research Innovation and Impact Committee
Committee : School Promotions Committee


Employer: UCD
Position: Co-ordinator
Employer: Dept. of Foreign Affairs
Position: Technical Advisor
Employer: Ballyhoura Development Ltd (BDL)
Position: Community Development Co-ordinator
Employer: Voluntary Services Overseas/ Agency for Personnel Services Overseas
Position: Agricultural Science Teacher - Gambia West Africa
Employer: UCD
Position: Lecturer and Director of Humanitarian Action Programme
Employer: UCD
Position: Director of UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action
Employer: J & C Sheridan and Company Ltd
Position: Agricultural Advisor


Year 1991 Institution: Warrenstown Agricultural College
Qualification: Professional Certificate Subject: Agricultural Science
Year 1999 Institution: Refugee Study Centre, University of Oxford
Qualification: Post Graduate Certificate Subject: Refugee Studies
Year 2004 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1986 Institution:
Qualification: BAgrSc Subject:
Year 1995 Institution:
Qualification: MAgrSc Subject:




Client: Concern Worldwide
Client: Irish Red Cross
Client: Network on Humanitarian Action

Outreach Activities

Team leader for the preparation of the Agricultural Sector Support Document for Tanzania (1999).
Irish representatives on NOHA's fact finding mission to Sarajevo (2000)
Team member - European Humanitarian Action Partnership (EUHAP) - funded by DG EAC (2014 -2017)
Member of think tank on Europe's Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (2014):
Team member of NOHA's think tanks Gender Based violence in contemporary humanitarian contexts (2013);  
Team member on NOHA's group advising DG ECHO on ways to encourage respect / promote IHL and associated best practice (2012 - 2013)
Principal Investigator - Indicator development for the surveillance of urban emergencies, OFDA funded programme with Concern Worldwide (2014 - present)

Journals Edited

Journal Of International Humanitarian Action: Editorial Board member.



Gibbons, P. & Piquard, B. (eds.); (2006) Working in Conflict - Working on Conflict: Humanitarian dilemmas and challenges. Bilbao: University of Deusto. [Details]

Book Chapters

Gibbons, P. (2017) 'Managing Humanitarian Action' In: Heintze, H.J, Thielbörger, P. (ed.) (eds). NOHA Textbook on International Humanitarian Action. Germany: Springer. [Details]
e Milliano, C., M. Faling, A. Clark-Ginsberg, D. Crowley & P. Gibbons (2015) 'Resilience: The Holy Grail or Yet Another Hype?' In: Gibbons, P. & H. Heintze (eds). The Humanitarian Challenge: 20 Years European Network on Humanitarian Action. Heidelberg: Springer. , pp.17-30 [Details]
Maitra, S., & Gibbons, P. (2012) 'India's Role in Humanitarian Assistance: Contemporary Trends and Perspectives' In: R. Chakrabarty, & I. Lahiri (eds). India's Constructive Engagement in Asia and Around. New Delhi: Academic Excellence. [Details]
Gibbons, P. (2010) 'Humanitarian Transformation: Concepts, Causes and Challenges' In: Moke, M, Andrej Zwitter and Christoph Schewe (eds). Humanitarian Action Facing the News Challenges. Berlin: Wissenschafts-Verlag. , pp.11-27 [Details]
Galica-Orzechowska, N and P.Gibbons (2010) 'The Integration Process of of Polish Migrants in Irish Rural areas' In: prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Babiński dr hab. Bożena Domagała (eds). Dorgi i rozdroza. Krakow: NOMOS. , pp.300-317 Available Online [Details]
Loane, G., Austin, L. and Gibbons, P.; (2007) 'Protecting Societies in Transition' In: Kevin M. Cahill (eds). The Pulse of Humanitarian Assistance. New York: Fordham. , pp.179-201 [Details]
Gibbons, P. & Piquard, B.; (2006) 'Humanitarianism: Meaning, Actors and Scope' In: Gibbons, P. & Piquard, B.; (eds). Working in Conflict- Working on Conflict: Hunamitarianism dilemmas and challenges. Bilbao: University of Deusto. , pp.11-25 [Details]
Phelan J., P. Gibbons; (1999) '`Country Report: Ireland'' In: (ed) Julia Gonzalez, Wilheim Lowenstein and Mo Malek (eds). Humanitarian Development Studies in Europe: Assessment of Universities' Training and NGOs' Needs. Bilbao, Spain: HumanitarianNet. , pp.165-176 [Details]

Edited Books

Gibbons, P. & H. Heintze (Ed.). (2015) The Humanitarian Challenge: 20 Years European Network on Humanitarian Action. Heidelberg: Springer. [Details]
Pat Gibbons and Brigitte Piquard (Ed.). (2006) Working in Conflict - Working on Conflict: Humanitarian dilemmas and challenges. Bilbao: University of Deusto. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Gibbons, P.; Mc Dermott, R.; Maitra,S.; Herman J (2018) 'Building on the Capacities of Crisis-affected Populations: from Victims to Actors'. Development Policy Review, 36 (5). Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Mpanje, D., Gibbons, P., McDermott, R. (2018) 'Social Capital in Vulnerable Urban Settings: An analytical framework'. Journal of International Humanitarian Action, . [Details]
Gibbons,P., Roughneen, D., McDermott, R. and Maitra, S. (2018) 'Putting Affected People at the Centre of Humanitarian Action: an argument for the Principle of Humanitarian Subsidiarity'. Disasters, . [Details]
McDermott, R. & P. Gibbons (2017) 'Human rights and pro-active displacement in natural disaster settings: determining the appropriate balance between the duty to protect and the right to remain'. Disasters, 41 (3):587-605. [DOI] [Details]
McDermott, R., Luelf, C., Hofmann, L. Gibbons, P. (2017) 'International law applicable to urban conflict and disaster'. Disaster Prevention & Management, 26 (5):553-564. Available Online [Details]
Maitra, S; Gibbons, P; Markey, A (2017) 'Social Identity and Transboundary River Conflicts: A Comparative Study of Select Indian Cases'. JAIR Journal of International Relations, 4 (1). Available Online [Details]
McDermott, R., P. Gibbons (2016) 'Disaster Risk and Compliance with Normative Frameworks relating to Disaster Management: An Exploration of the Validity of the Risk Colonisation Thesis'. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 6 (2):345-376. Available Online [Details]
McDermott, R., P. Gibbons, H. Spieker & S. Malesevic (2015) 'Cross-border Disaster Response and the Law'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies (IJLS), Vol. 5 (2):1-23. [Details]
Groot, M. C. and Gibbons, P.; (2007) 'Diasporas as 'agents of development':transforming brain drain into brain gain? The Dutch example'. Development in Practice, Volume 17 (3):445-450. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Gibbons, P., Dupre, E., Stirling, M., Pain, C. (2017) 'Ex-post Evaluation of Concern Worldwide¿s Engagement in Damot Woyde, Ethiopia' Wolaita University Press . [Details]

Conference Publications

Gibbons. P, Dupre, E, and Stirling M. (2017) Ex-post Evaluation of Concern Worldwide's Engagement in Damot Woyde, Ethiopia: An Input for Research and Community Service Activities of WSU . In: Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia eds. 6th Annual National Research Conference - Building Knowledge Economy Through Research Wolaita Sodo, Gutara Hall, Ethiopia, , 04-MAY-17 - 05-MAY-17 , pp.410-420 [Details]
Gibbons, P., S. Maitra and Sophie Borel (2015) history of humanitarian action. Principles for humanitarian action at stake 2015 Fall School in International Humanitarian Action , 19-OCT-15 - 22-OCT-15 , pp.1-24 [Details]
Gibbons,P. Dominic Crowley, Catherine Bragg, Lisa Doherty, Dualta Roughneen (2014) Putting Putting Affected People at the Centre of Humanitarian Action: the principle of humanitarian subsidiarity . In: WHS Secretariat eds. World Humanitarian Summit Consultative Process Luasanne, Switzerland, , 11-NOV-14 - 12-NOV-14 , pp.1-14 [Details]
Pat Gibbons (2011) Cross cultural education and the transformation of teacher & learner roles: the NOHA experience International Conference on Cross Cultural Education Beirut, Lebanon, Available Online [Details]
Pat Gibbons; (2005) 'Saving Lives, Alleviating Suffering and Maintaining Human Dignity': Are these Goals of Humanitarian Action Universally Accepted? . In: Conference organisers: MSF Germany, MSF Germany, Tropeninstitut Berlin, Arzte der WELT eds. 7th Congress: Theory and Practice of Humanitarian Action Berlin, , 17-NOV-05 - 19-NOV-05 [Details]
Gibbons, P; (2004) Bridging the Gap between Protection and Assistance? The Role of ICRC in Post-Conflict Societies Geneva, , 15-APR-04 - 17-APR-04 [Details]
Gibbons, P; (2004) Humanitarian Principles and Their Expression in a Changing World . In: Dochas eds. Humanitarian Principles Wynn's Hotel, Dublin, , 09-DEC-04 Available Online [Details]

Published Reports

Gibbons, P., Dupre, E., Stirling M., and Chris Pain (2017) Ex-post Evaluation of Concern Worldwide¿s Engagement in Damot Woyde, Ethiopia. Wolaita Sodo University Press, Wolaita, Ethiopia. [Details]
Pat Gibbons,Brian Casey, Dominic Crowley, Lisa Doherty, Dualta Roughneen (2015) Recommendations from the Irish Humanitarian Consultative Process. Centre for Humanitarian Action, University College Dublin. Available Online [Details]
McDermott, R., P. Gibbons, H. Spieker, S. Malesevic, C. Smith & D. Fennelly (2014) A Study for Strengthening the Legal and Policy Framework for International Disaster Response in Ireland. Irish Red Cross, Dublin. [Details]
Gibbons, P, H. Opolot, J. Okobo (2008) PARTNERS in LEARNING: linking communities for shared learning + mutual gain. Ballyhoura Development Ltd, Ireland. [Details]


Gibbons, P. and J.F. Phelan; (2003) ADOPT: A Development Model Designed for the Irish Development Centext. Reports [Details]
Gibbons, P., L. Mukaka; (1998) Evaluation of the Research Unit in Lusaka City Council. Reports [Details]
Phelan J., P. Gibbons.; (1997) Agricultural Sector Plan for Irish Aid support to Tanzania for 1997-2000. . Reports [Details]
Gibbons, P., A. Markey and J. Phelan; (1992) An Analysis of Adjustments made by Farmers in the Avonmore Region of Ireland. Reports [Details]

Presented Papers

Gibbons, P.; (2002) Mobilising Local Communities to Participate in Local Development. Presented Papers [Details]
Gibbons, P.; (2000) Networking in Local Development. Presented Papers [Details]

Policy Contribution

Pat Gibbons and Patrick Commins (2004) ADOPT; should the ADOPT Model be Adopted. Dublin: Policy Contribution [Details]


Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • humanitarian principles; 
  • urban vulnerabilities and risk; 
  • impact assessment; and 
  • the interface between humanitarian action and reconciliation.

Research Projects

Sponsor : HORIZON 2020
Title : Building Resilience through Education (BRTE)
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-17 / 31-OCT-21
Sponsor : Network on Humanitarian Action
Title : Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-18
Sponsor : Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA)
Title : Restoring Humanity - engaging with non-core humanitarian stakeholders
Start Date / End Date : 12-OCT-16 / 11-OCT-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Supporting Grassroots Level Resilience
Start Date / End Date : 29-JAN-16 / 28-OCT-16
Sponsor : Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA)
Title : Development of an Irish Humanitarian Agenda and Preparation for the Irish Humanitarian Summit - 2nd July 2015
Start Date / End Date : 08-JUN-15 / 07-JUN-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Humanitarian Post Doctoral Support
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-15 / 31-JAN-17
Sponsor : EC - Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
Title : Contribution to UCD under European Humanitarian Action Partnership (EUHAP) grant agreement 14PS0003
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-14 / 31-AUG-17
Sponsor : HORIZON 2020
Title : Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability (PRUV)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-19
Sponsor : Network on Humanitarian Action
Title : Noha Global - supporting the NOHA philosophy
Start Date / End Date : 16-DEC-14 / 15-DEC-15
Sponsor : University of Groningen
Title : Post doc position for Ronan McDermott 2015-2016
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-15 / 31-JUL-17
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Conflict Over Water: Knowledge Exchange for Sustainable Solutions (COW-KESS)
Start Date / End Date : 27-FEB-15 / 26-NOV-15
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability (PRUV)
Start Date / End Date : 20-FEB-15 / 19-NOV-15
Sponsor : Concern Worldwide
Title : Impact of NGO Intervention on the Level of Poverty: the case of Damot Woyde, Ethiopia
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-14 / 31-DEC-15
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Supporting Preparedness and Resilience Network (SPAR-Net) ITN
Start Date / End Date : 21-OCT-14 / 20-JUL-15
Sponsor : Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA)
Title : A Shared Vision for Ireland¿s Contribution to: `set the agenda for the future of Humanitarian Action¿
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-14 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Surveillance of Urban Risks Network
Start Date / End Date : 03-FEB-14 / 02-NOV-14
Sponsor : Concern Worldwide
Title : disaster risk reduction: a study of the epistemology of risk and organizational decision-making
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-13 / 31-DEC-14
Sponsor : Irish Red Cross
Title : Regarding Legal Research Services in the Civil Protection Project HNS Implementation ECHO/SUB/2012/638451
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-13
Sponsor : EC - DG Education and Culture (DG EAC)
Title : European Universities on Professionalization on Humanitarian Action
Start Date / End Date : 19-MAR-13 / 30-SEP-14
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : FP7 Proposal Preparation Coordinator Support CS/2012/622 - Marie Curie Actions - Supporting Preparedness and Resilience - Network
Start Date / End Date : 27-SEP-12 / 22-NOV-12
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Supporting Preparedness and Resilience - Network
Start Date / End Date : 02-OCT-13 / 01-JUN-14
Sponsor : Goal Ltd
Title : Governance of Humanitarian Organisations
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-12 / 31-AUG-14
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Climate Change - legal instruments
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-11 / 30-APR-14
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-10 / 28-FEB-12
Sponsor : EC - DG Humanitarian Aid Department (DG ECHO)
Title : Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-10 / 31-DEC-15
Sponsor : European Commission FP6
Title : Humanitarian Crisis & Conflict Studies - Bridging the Gap between European Research, Policy & Practice
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-05 / 30-SEP-09

Recent Postgraduates

Thesis supervision: 

Ph.D. Level- list of title and year of completion:

    • The role of private enterprises in UN initiated peace support processes (2012)
    • Powerful Streams: Exploring Enabling Factors for Adolescent Resilience to Flooding (2012)
    • The Role of Identity in Trans-boundary Inter-state River Water Conflict in India (2013)
    • Domestic Compliance with International normative Frameworks in Disaster Management (2014)
    • How national disaster risk reduction regimes and international NGOs interact (submitted)
    • Education in Emergency Settings (stage 1)
    • IDP Self-Protection Mechanisms as the way forward for IDP Protection & Assistance (on hold)

Masters Level- Supervised in excess of 100 Masters theses under the International Humanitarian Action Programme

Current Postgraduate Students

Joseph Munnelly, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor
Sulagna Maitra, Cert CPD (9)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Hajar Al-Kaddo, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Elizabeth Carthy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Desire Mpanje, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Redwan Hussein Rameto, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor


Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201700   RDEV10160     Rural Development: Intro to Humanitarian Action
201700   RDEV40170     Rural Development: Management
201700   RDEV40580     Rural Development: Transition Issues & Strategies
201700   RDEV40700     Rural Development: Gender Based Violence
201700   RDEV40220     Rural Development: Minor Thesis (Humanit Action)

Enhancement of Teaching

In the Centre for Humanitarian Action we continuously assess the quality of our teaching from the perspectives of: the students; teaching staff and external peer review. Our aim is to: ¿ Achieve the optimium number of students interested in our programme to promote shared learning; ¿ attract quality students to our programme in terms of their academic qualifications, relevant experience and academic disciplinary base; ¿ provide our teaching staff with ¿space¿ to reflect on their roles and share knowledge and space with colleagues from other universities teaching humanitarian action; ¿ encourage all teaching staff to work with at least one agency/ organisation working at the coal-face; ¿ encourage engagement across educational products in the Centre e.g. involve PhD students in the teaching process and Masters students in the research process; ¿ provide an education system that allows students to progress to different levels depending on their capacities and motivation; and ¿ we exploit/ utilise our external examiners to the full in progressing the quality of our educational products.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

The Centre for Humanitarian Action has, together with it partner universities in NOHA, established a set of core competences that are central to all our teaching programmes. These competences were established with the support of a broad selection of humanitarian stakeholders to agree key issue such as:the need for humanitarian professionals, the employability of graduates, the appropriates and relevance of education styles (teaching and assessments). We have arrived at a set of competences that are grouped under 3 headings, which we believe need to be part of all our teaching programmes albeit to differing degrees. These include: VISION: GLOBAL AND COMPREHENSIVE VISION OF THE HUMANITARIAN WORLD ¿ Capacity to develop global and comprehensive perspective on disasters ¿ Capacity for critical thinking, conceptualising, analysing, assessing and judging complex humanitarian situations. ¿ Ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity responding to new humanitarian challenges and paradigms with innovative approaches. ¿ Capacity to identify and investigate new trends in humanitarian action STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT: CAPACITY TO MANAGE HIGH IMPACT ORGANISATIONS AND COMPLEX HUMANITARIAN RESPONSES ¿ Capacity to apply knowledge and understanding to manage humanitarian operations in complex and uncertain environments, including risk assessment. ¿ Capacity to manage policies, strategies, and programmes according to humanitarian principles and values. ¿ Capacity to understand and promote constructively global coordination of humanitarian efforts in a set of multiple and diverse actors on global, national and local level. ¿ Excellent communications skills and ability to build and lead diverse PERSONAL INTEGRITY: CAPACITY FOR SELF-MANAGEMENT AND TO INSPIRE AND PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP ¿ Knowledge of key international humanitarian principles and values and professional codes of conduct, and commitment to their implementation in practice. 11. Capacity to make informed and reasoned complex decisions and take action upon them. (GENERIC) ¿ Ability to deal with ethical and moral dilemmas and take responsibility for decisions on them. ¿ Ability to cope with humanitarian crises

Developing as a Teacher

This is an ongoing process and will be until 2027. A good teacher needs to be a better learner. My development as a teacher took a new direction for the better when I adopted the student- centered approach to teaching and learning. I now like to view my role as 'facilitator' and build on my years of experience and exposure to yet another group of students each year. I am very fortunate to be linked to the Network on Humanitarian Action - a network of universities - with like minded colleagues who are constantly searching for excellence in the delivery of humanitarian education. In more recent years the establishment of UCD's Centre for Humanitarian Action provides the idea platform for humanitarian research (basic and applied) that feeds into our educational programmes.

Innovation & Leadership


Internal Collaborators

Dr Sulagna Maitra
Dr Ronan McDermott 
Prof Liam Kennedy 
Prof Sinisa Malesevic 
Prof Alex Evans 
Prof Ciaran Sugrue 
Prof Brendan Drumm
Prof Mark Richardson

External Collaborators

Prof Joost Herman Groningen University, The Netherlands
Prof Siswanto Wilopo - Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
Adjunct Prof Catherine Bragg - Former Assistant Sec Gen for Humanitarian Affairs UN OCHA
Adjunct Prof Heike Spieker - German Red Cross
Dr Cristina Churruca - Deusto University, Spain 
Mr Dominic Crowley - Concern Worlwide 
Mr Dualta Roughneen - Plan Ireland 
Prof Joachim Heintze - Bochum University, Germany 
Prof William Hynes - Future Analytics