Next to the Advisory Board, the Scientific Committee includes 22 academic leaders from research centres and academic institutions, who have an in-depth understanding of humanitarian action and come from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
The Scientific Committee has the overall responsibility for the research process and will guarantee the scientific legitimacy and soundness of the Encyclopedia. Members are expected to contribute to the selection and analysis of concepts, as well as to the peer reviews of the research methodology and findings.

The main responsibilities of the Scientific Committee are to:

  • Guarantee the rigor and soundness of the research methodology
  • Identify and validate authors for the original conceptual papers
  • Oversee the editorial process
  • Participate as members of editorial committees in the review of original papers
  • Ensure the quality and coherence of the products
  • Suggest workshops on specific topics
  • Propose and validate the annual research agenda (priority of concepts, empirical analyses, field studies etc.)

Subsets of the Scientific Committee will be constituted as editorial committees, ensuring the peer-review of original papers. As the editorial committees must include academics from diverse disciplines, additional persons may be asked to join an editorial committee as needed.

Prof Sassòli Marco

Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Prof Aneja Urvashi

Director, Jindal School of International Affairs Centre for Global Governance & Policy, and Associate Professor, Jindal University, Delhi, India

Prof Atlani-Duault Laëtitia

Visiting Professor both at Columbia University – Mailman School of Public Health, and at Hunter CUNY Anthropology Department, New York, USA

Prof Audet François

Professor at the School of Management (ESG) of the University of Québec, and Director of the Canadian Research Institute on humanitarian crisis and aid, Canada

Prof Carbonnier Gilles

Professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland

Prof Connors Phil

Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Gomez Oscar

Research fellow at the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA-RI), Tokyo, Japan

Prof Korf Benedikt

Head of Department, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Alessandro Monsutti

Prof Monsutti Alessandro

Head of the Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Graduate Institute of International Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland

Mahbuba Nasreen

Prof Nasreen Mahbuba

Director, Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr Picton Aurélie

Assistant professor at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Prof Rodogno Davide

Head of the Graduate Institute of International Studies History Department and Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Prof Schopper Doris

Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Geneva and Director of the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), Geneva, Switzerland 

Prof Zwitter Andrej J.

Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of Political Science, University of Groningen, Netherlands