Jeremy Allouche

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, the AHRC/DFID-funded project New Community-Informed Approaches to Humanitarian Protection and Restraint and the ESRC-funded project The Great Green Wall and Sahelian Environmental Imaginaries: Green Fix and the Persistence of a Policy Idea.

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 and the Annual Review of Environment and Resources.

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 peacebuilding in the Middle East (Jeremy Barker).  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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Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative (ASLI)

As a part of the Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative, IDS led a workshop exploring needs and vulnerability in Afghanistan. Leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of leading global think tanks working on Afghanistan and aid issues, the resulting report will be based on analysis...


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.



Are we in the age of the polycrisis?

Last week, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund Islands of Innovation in Protracted Crises project, a workshop organised by Professor Jeremy Allouche, Dr. Shilpi Srivastava and Dr. Megan Schmidt-Sane brought together philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, political...

31 October 2023


Rethinking the Great Green Wall

Since the One Planet Summit in July 2021 and COP26 in October 2021, the Great Green Wall (GGW) is becoming the centre of media attention. The GGW accelerator, the funding vehicle for which many donors have contributed - France, the United Nations, the World Bank, and certain...

13 July 2023


Journal Article

The Great Green Wall in Senegal: Questioning the Idea of Acceleration Through the Conflicting Temporalities of Politics and Nature Among the Sahelian Populations

In January 2021, the Great Green Wall Accelerator was announced at the third One Planet Summit in Paris. Based on the notion of acceleration developed by Harmut Rosa and using the idea of conflicting temporalities in the study of social-ecological systems, this article analyzes how the political...

1 March 2023

Jeremy Allouche’s recent work

Past Event

Changing narratives of humanitarian protection: An artistic journey

Join IDS for an exciting exhibition exploring diverse art work about humanitarian protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Art is seeing a powerful resurgence amongst researchers, activists and humanitarian practitioners. Interdisciplinary projects are using photography, theatre,...

28 November 2022


Humanitarianism and Covid-19

The unprecedented threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic has presented a crisis for the international humanitarian system. At a time when the number of people in need of assistance has drastically expanded, humanitarian funding has been cut as countries focus on their domestic economies....

2 May 2022