Closer links between key humanitarian leads

Thursday, 06 June 2013

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A leading figure at one of the key humanitarian think tanks has joined the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP).

Paul Knox Clarke, Head of Communications and Research at the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), has joined the centre as visiting scholar.

This involves Paul working from Oxford Brookes University, where CENDEP is based, two days a week and leading seminars on some of ALNAP’s latest work in the Centre's upcoming leadership course.

Commenting on the announcement, Paul said: “I’m delighted by this opportunity to collaborate more closely with CENDEP. The centre is an engaged and dynamic member of the network, and has contributed to it significantly – particularly on urban disasters." 

Paul added: "Academic members, such as CENDEP, are of great importance to a network which focuses on learning and evidence as a way to improving humanitarian performance. I am really looking forward to working more closely with the CENDEP faculty and students”.

David Sanderson, Director of CENDEP and who will be a visiting professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Design for a year, commented: "We see Paul's presence as a great opportunity for a number of reasons. 

“Firstly as a practice-oriented centre, the link with ALNAP cements this ethos. Having Paul 'on the premises' allows our postgraduate students to drop in on him to interact and discuss current issues. Finally, we hope it's helpful to ALNAP to share the practice-oriented learning and research we undertake."

A new series of masters-level short courses specifically designed for leaders and future leaders, within the humanitarian aid and international development sectors, is being introduced by CENDEP in autumn 2013. 

Founded in 1985, CENDEP is a multidisciplinary centre that brings together aid workers, academics, professionals and practitioners to develop practice-oriented approaches in disaster risk reduction and response, chronic poverty, building urban resilience, conflict transformation, refugee studies and torture prevention. 

CENDEP's reputation in practice-oriented learning is based on the contributions of its pioneering staff and work of today’s team.

Further information is available on CENDEP’s dedicated webpages.