david s.




David has over 25 years experience working across the world in development and emergencies. David worked for eight years for the NGO CARE International UK, as head of policy and subsequently regional manager for southern and west Africa. From 2006-2013 David was Director of CENDEP, a centre at Oxford Brookes University focusing on development and emergencies. Between 2013-14 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, and 2014-15 was a Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. David was appointed the Inaugural Judith Neilson chair at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia in February 2016, following a global search. He is a member of several NGO boards and committees, including the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), where he chairs the Funding Committee. David is editor of the 2016 IFRC World Disasters Report, which focused on resilience. David holds a PhD in urban vulnerability and livelihoods.


  • tertiary education
  • development
  • anti-poverty / social justice
  • refugees
  • civil society
  • australia
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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