Who we are


The Humanitarian Encyclopedia is an interface of the humanitarian and academic sectors.  Two groups, therefore, constitute the governance of the project to guide its design and implementation: the Advisory Board and the Scientific Committee

The Advisory Board includes representatives from a large range of humanitarian organisations with a mix of personal experience, professional expertise, geographical locations, and cultural origins. It is currently composed of 20 representatives from 16 operational organizations and 4 humanitarian support groups. Its role is to:

  • Critically examine the development of the project
  • Provide strategic direction
  • Offer advice and provide input at specific stages of the process
  • Support outreach activities
  • Develop new ideas for future activities

The Scientific Committee is composed of 21 scholars from research centres and academic institutions from around the world, who have an in-depth understanding of humanitarian action and come from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Its role is to:

  • Validate the annual research agenda
  • Guarantee a sound research methodology and ensure quality
  • Ensure that research ethical guidelines are respected
  • Oversee the editorial process and participate in reviews as members of editorial committees

Associated Researchers

Associated researchers are substantially contributing to specific research activities.

Dr Clara Egger

Centre for International Relations
University of Groningen, Netherlands


Prof Pilar Leon

Department of Translation and Interpreting
University of Granada, Spain  


Prof Aurélie Picton

Faculty of Translation and Interpretation
University of Geneva


The Project Team

  • Director: Prof Karl Blanchet
  • Knowledge Manager: Joy Muller
  • Project Manager: Florence Lachenaud
  • Research assistants: Tessa Pacenti (linguist), Emma Thibert (linguist)
  • Support provided by CERAH communication and administration