My contribution to research valorisation is multi-faceted. The research is interactive, and hence builds in valorisation in the design of the research wherever possible. This is coupled to the drafting of ‘uptake policies’ at the beginning of projects. I have taken many initiatives to advance dialogue between academic and policy/practitioner worlds. I was one of the founding members of KUNO, the exchange platform for humanitarian action with 11 NGOs and 5 academic institutes, as well as of the International Humanitarian Studies Association that is one of the few associations with a mixed membership.

I have always combined my academic research with a portfolio of applied assignments. The last, in 2018, was an assignment of the Ministry of foreign affairs for a feasibility study into an Ombuds as one of the measures to curb abuse in aid. I am a member of a number of advisory boards, notably of the Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance, the Global Network for Disaster Reduction and the Hague humanity hub.

Furthermore, I am pro-active in research communication and social influence. Key-findings of research programme I coordinate are as much as possible translated in research briefs (see for examples:

I have had hundreds of appearances in the media (TV, radio, newspapers, web) as well as speaking engagements in public, ranging from local Rotary clubs to a parliamentary hearing on abuse of aid in 2018, and a presentation of her work for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations, in 2016.

A list of highlights of media appearances can be found below:

2018 NOS Nieuwsuur about the crisis in Yemen
Radio 1 about sexual abuse by NGO’s and aid workers
Radio 1 about the earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia
Elaboration on the implications for effective diplomacy in situations of crisis , that can be found in the book ‘Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures’ by Maxwell and Majid
2017 Thea Hilhorst Guerrilla-lecture for the Universiteit van Nederland  – When do you ever see a professor teaching in a toga on the streets? Thea Hilhorst talks to people in the streets about: Why is there famine & does aid help?
BNR radio about hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten
2016 HUMAN in response to the documentary ‘The Crisis Caravan’   – Emergency aid started with the idea that it’s temporary, this is how the system is set up. It created friction as in reality aid often requires long-term planning.