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Name: Dorothea Hilhorst (Thea)
Languages: Dutch (mother tongue), English and French (fluid), German and Portuguese (passive)
Email: hilhorst[at]

1988  – Msc, Rural development sociology, Wageningen University, cum laude
2000 – PhD ‘Records and Reputations. Everyday Politics of a Philippine Development NGO’, Wageningen University, cum laude

Work Experience
2017  –  Visiting professor, London School of Economics, 3 months.

Since 2015  – Special chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

2006-2017  –  Special chair humanitarian aid and reconstruction, Wageningen University, manager of the chair group Disaster Studies, currently the research group humanitarian aid and reconstruction.

1998 – 2006  –  Lecturer and senior lecturer Disaster Studies, Wageningen University

1996-2000  –  PhD candidate, Wageningen University

1993-1996   –   Evaluation and monitoring officer, Cordillera Women Education and Resource Center, Baguio, Philippines

1992-1993  –  Action research for agrarian women organisations in the Netherlands, Communication science, Wageningen University

1991-1992   –   Policy research on miners’ health and safety commissioned by trade union FNV and International Miners Federation, Department of occupational hygiene, Wageningen University

1989-1991  –   Assistant project officer Cebemo 

Academic Positions

Since 2016  –   President of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)

2015     –     Co-organizer fourth World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, Ethiopia, collaboration with Addis Ababa University and Bahir Dar University.

Since 2014  –   Co-founder of the Research Centre for Gender and Development at the Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural in Bukavu, DRC.

Since 2012  –   Chair editorial board of Routledge Humanitarian Studies (book series).
Co-chair: Alex de Waal.

Since 2009  –   Board member WOTRO, of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Since 2011  –   Member Advisory Board Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management.

2011-2014   –  Board member of NORGLOBAL, the research council of the NORAD, Oslo

2007-2009  –   Member Advisory Council Netherland Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AIV), Working Group development.

2014      –       Member mid-term research visitation committee of the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague

2013      –       Co-organizer World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, Istanbul

2012      –       Member visitation committee National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda.

2011      –       Organizer World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, Boston

2009      –       Director World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, Groningen.

2007      –       Panel organizer AEGIS Africa Conference, Leiden

2004      –       Panel organiser on Natural Hazards and Disasters in the Philippines,           ICOPHIL International Conference on the Philippines, Leiden

2004        –     Organizer international workshop on ‘Challenges of Complexity in Coping with Climate-related Disasters’, Wageningen University

2002       –      Organizer international workshop on disaster vulnerability, WUR

2001      –       Panel organizer in European conference of Philippine Studies (Europhil) in Alcala, Spain.

Societal Positions

2014-2015  –   Member organizing committee of the Netherlands Humanitarian Summit, held on 12 February 2015 in The Hague

Since 2014   –  Member Council of Ideas of the Netherlands Red Cross

Since 2013   –  Board member of the Humanitarian Accountability Project, Geneva

Since 2012  –   Member advisory committee of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies research into the role of the Netherlands Red Cross in the Second World War.

Since 2010   –  Partner Humanity House, The Hague

Since 2008   –   Co-founder and member of Netherlands Humanitarian Panel, an interagency initiative of Netherlands-based development organisations

2012-2013  –  Member of the jury of the Dick Scherpenzeel award for critical journalism

2010-2013  –  Volunteer Catharijnehuis – homeless shelter in Utrecht

2008-2011  –  SNV, member supervisory board

2007- 2013  –  Evert Vermeer Stichting, board member

2001-2008  –   UNESCO Nederland, member academic committee

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