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Jeremy Allouche

Professorial Fellow

Professor Jeremy Allouche is a co-director of the Humanitarian Learning Centre and principle investigator of the GCRF-funded project Islands of Innovation in Protracted Crisis and the AHRC/DFID-funded project New Community-Informed Approaches to Humanitarian Protection and Restraint.

He is a political sociologist trained in history and international relations with over 20 years research and advisory experience on resource politics (water, mining) in conflict and borderland areas and the difficulties of aid delivery in such contexts, as well as studying the idea of ‘islands of peace’. He previously worked at the University of Oxford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT, ETH Lausanne, the Swiss Graduate Institute of Public administration, and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

He has extensive fieldwork experience in West Africa, most notably Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone, conducting research with international donor and aid agencies, peacebuilding international NGOs, local civil society, and human rights activists. His advisory experience includes work with the Conciliation Resources, DFID, IrishAid, SDC, UNHCR and the World Food Programme. He is on the editorial board of International Peacekeeping Journal.

Jeremy co-supervises a total of five PhD students, who work on water politics (Ahmed Al-Aghbari and Julian Neef), and resource governance and aid in West Africa (Álvaro Moreira and Stella Odiase) and peacebuidling in the Middle East (Jeremy Barker). He is not currently accepting additional supervisees but will consider applications from the 2021-22 academic year. He is particularly interested in hearing from prospective candidates who are proposing to focus in their PhD research on African politics and development (especially West Africa and DRC) and humanitarian-development nexus .

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Covid Collective Research Platform

The Covid Collective Research Platform will offer a rapid social science research response to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing Covid-19 related development challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis requiring rapid generation of policy-relevant evidence to inform...




How to Co-produce Transdisciplinary and Plural Knowledge to Solve Complex Humanitarian Problems? An Illustration in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The humanitarian and protracted crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most enduring and complex of the Great Lakes region, intertwining issues of governance, health and food security emergencies, insurgencies, natural resources issues and land conflicts. Humanitarians...

20 July 2021

Working Paper

Vernacular Resilience: An Approach to Studying Long-Term Social Practices and Cultural Repertoires of Resilience in Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo

This working paper aims to situate our research project within the various debates around resilience. It advocates a historical, cultural and plural approach to understanding how communities develop and share resilient practices in contexts of multiple and protracted crises. A focus on...

1 January 2021

Working Paper

Résilience vernaculaire: Une approche analytique des pratiques sociales et des répertoires culturels de résilience à long terme en Côte d’Ivoire et en République Démocratique du Congo

Ce document de travail vise à situer notre projet de recherche dans les débats sur la résilience. Le projet adopte une approche sociohistorique et culturelle pour comprendre comment les communautés développent et partagent des pratiques de résilience dans des contextes de crises. La mise...

1 January 2021

Jeremy Allouche’s recent work


Looking back to look forward on 50 years of development studies

At 50 years old, the Institute of Development Studies is ‘looking back, in order to look forward’. The latest IDS Bulletin, entitled ‘Development Studies – Past, Present and Future’ aims to trace the history of development studies by bringing together two generations of scholars –...

5 May 2016