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:

  • 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
  • Identify and validate authors

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 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 Bonadonna Constanza

Associate Professor at University of Geneva – Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland

Prof Dr Churruca Muguruza Christina

Professor and Researcher at Universidad de Deusto Human Rights Institute, and Director of NOHA network on humanitarian action, Bilbao, Spain

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 Hug Simon

Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Prof Korf Benedikt

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

Dr Lucatello Simone

Researcher at Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora, Mexico 

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 Schwartz Lisa

Arnold L Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Dr Steets Julia

Director, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin, Germany

Prof Zwitter Andrej J.

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