Happy 12th Birthday HCRI: Celebrating achievements over the past year

by | Aug 27, 2020 | Alumni Spotlight, COVID-19, Events, News, Staff blogs, Student blogs, Student spotlight | 0 comments

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) was founded 12 years ago in August. Since then it has gone on to educate hundreds of students, publish high-impact research, and form innovative partnerships within the humanitarian sector.

“2019-2020 has been a challenging year for the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. Over the past decade, we have grown in often difficult circumstances. HCRI was founded during a major economic crisis, and we now find ourselves facing another, which is combined with an unprecedented health emergency.  The year ahead will provide us with important questions and research issues. The black lives matter seismic shift in race relations will also entail a thorough rethink of how we work and how we teach. These challenges are daunting, but an Institute devoted to the response to crises and disasters is well equipped to engage with them.”


Professor Bertrand Taithe, executive director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.

Below we’ve captured just a few highlights from the past year, and you can find more on our news and events sections.


Partnerships and collaborations


HCRI re-designation of WHO Collaborating Centre

HCRI provides technical advice, conflict analysis, and research to support WHO programmes intended for developing health capacities in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

HCRI celebrates the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

This year, we launched a new campaign to celebrate the dedication of nurses and midwives across the world in helping to save lives, and catch up with some of our alumni with experience in the field.




HCRI Academics continue to make an impact in COVID-19 Research

Our academics have been working across multiple disciplines since March to produce recommendations to local governments, NGOs, and international stakeholders on COVID-19 recovery. Access the Manchester Briefing to find out more.

HCRI Policy Brief Series launched

The HCRI Policy Brief Series provides short, policy-relevant briefings and recommendations on issues and concerns under the themes of humanitarianism, disaster management, peace and conflict and global health.

Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH)

Work has continued on the Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH) consortium project, exploring the impact of attacks on healthcare in conflict settings.

“The Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH) project is a multi-institution and interdisciplinary research programme through which we aim to improve our understanding of the immediate, long-term, and wider impacts of attacks on healthcare on populations in countries that have experienced armed conflict. The project started in January 2019 and HCRI has been leading a consortium of partners working together to generate new evidence about how these attacks affect civilian populations. This research is particularly important as the world faces a global health pandemic.”


Stephanie Rinaldi, RIAH Project Manager


Student and alumni experiences


Student Spotlight: Joudy Habash

This year, we began our student spotlight series to learn about the academic and vocational journeys of our students, like Joudy.

HCRI alumni among Uganda’s Top 40 Under 40

Sarah Lagot Odwong, a Humanitarianism and Conflict Response MA graduate was included in Uganda’s Sunday Vision Top 40 Under 40’s Most Inspirational Women. Sarah was largely nominated for her role as Communications Director for USAID’s Better Outcomes for Children and Youth (BOCY) project.




HCRI launches online MSc in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response

HCRI expanded its ever-growing online offering by launching a new online MSc in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response, starting Autumn 2020.




Landmark lecture – Kashmir: causes of crisis and consequences for citizens

HCRI’s landmark lecture saw a panel explore the causes and consequences of the Indian government’s changes to the 70 year policy on Jammu and Kashmir State.

HCRI Pride event: Documentary and Discussion

For Pride 2020, we were joined by Dr Billy Tusker Howarth, the University’s LGBTQ+ society, and staff and students to discuss the oral history documentary on the 1969 Stonewall uprising.


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