Research Projects

My research programmes since the completion of my PhD have taken place in a large number of settings affected by disaster, conflict and fragility, including in Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Guatemala, Haïti, Kenia, Mozambique, Nepal, North Iraq, Palestinian territories, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

My research programmes stand for qualitative inquiries into the everyday politics and practices of governance, institutions, actors and aid in crisis-affected areas, especially in Africa and Asia. They are mainly implemented by PhD candidates and I have also managed around 20 academic staff, post-docs and contract researchers.

Since 2000 I have acquired 16 grants and large research contracts with a total value of 8 million Euro. I am a laureate of a VICI grant of NWO and previously of a VIDI grant. About half of my research has been academically financed, the other half is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the British DFID and Dutch development organisations.






This list presents research programmes that I manage(d) and supervise(d), comprising PhD and/ or Post-doc research.

2017 – 2018   –  People, Power, Politics. DFID-initiated Postdoc programme in DRC. ISS holds three Postdocs on gender, 500.000 Euro

2015 – 2020  –   When Disasters meet Conflict. Disaster response of humanitarian aid and local state and non-state institutions in different conflict scenarios. Funded by NWO, personal VICI grant 1,5 million Euro

2014 – 2016   –  Accommodation of justice for displaced in DRC. Co-investigator; coordinated by Koen Vlassenroot, Ghent University. NWO Knowledge platform, 300.000 Euro.

2012 – 2017   –  Everyday politics of livelihoods and services in DRC/ consortium capacity development coordinator Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda. Postdoc and 5 PhD candidates. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, coordinated by Overseas Development Institute. Funded by DFID, total programme 8.000.000 Pounds, WUR share 600.000.

2012 – 2016   –  Governance of artisanal mining sector in DRC, principal investigator. Postdoc and 3 PhD candidates, collaboration with Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural in Bukavu, DRC. Funded by WOTRO/ NWO integrated research programme, 683.000 Euro.

2012 – 2015   –  Lobby and advocacy in the Dutch co-financing programme. Co-applicant. Evaluation, 1 PhD candidate. Funded by MoFA, through WOTRO, 810.000, WUR component 301.000

2011 – 2014  –  Director IS academy Human Security in Fragile States, collaboration with different universities and NGOs, with 7 PhD candidates and other project researches.        Funded by MoFA and 5 Netherlands-based NGOs, 2.000.000 Euro.

2011 – 2013   –  Spacing aid? Anticipating violence: humanitarian decision making and its effects in South Sudan. Applicant, 1 post-doc. Funded by Wotro, 164.000 Euro

2008 – 2012  –  Linking food aid and food security in Ethiopia, principal investigator. Postdoc and 2 PhD candidates, collaboration with Bahir Dar University. Funded by Wotro, 634.000 Euro.

2007 – 2012  –  Ethnographic inquiry into community-driven reconstruction in DRC. Principal investigator/ supervisor PhD project. Funded by Stichting Vluchteling, 70.000 Euro.

2006 – 2011 –  Aid under fire: people, principles and practices of humanitarian aid in Angola. Principal investigator/ 2 PhD projects. NWO Innovation scheme, VIDI grant, 609.000 Euro.

2006 – 2011 – Community-based disaster risk reduction in Indonesia and Afghanistan. Principal investigator/ PhD project. Funded by OxfamNovib/ ICCOandKerkinActie,126.000 Euro.

2006 – 2010 – Climate Change Adaptation in Mozambique. Principal investigator/ PhD project, collaboration with Eduardo Modlane University. Funded by NWO/ MAGW, 181.000 Euro.

2004 – 2010  –  Creating space in a ‘naked city’: violence and identity in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Principal investigator/ PhD project. Funded by WOTRO, 180.000 Euro.

2004 – 2008 –  Discourses and Practices of Civil Society Interventions for Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Southern Sudan, Great Lakes Region and Guatemala. Principal investigator, 1 PhD. Funded by WOTRO, 161.000 Euro.

2001 – 2004  –  When nature strikes… Unlocking domains of disaster response in Philippines and Mozambique. Principal investigator/ 1 Postdoc. Funded by MAGW Personal grant, 95.000 Euro.






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