Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert takes over as new NCHS Director

The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) welcomes Dr. Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert as new director. She replaces Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, who has been heading NCHS since its foundation in 2012. Under Jumbert’s stewardship, NCHS will continue to explore new opportunities and synergies between academia, policy-makers and practitioners to advance knowledge production and public debates on key humanitarian issues.

NCHS also wishes to extend its recognition and thanks to Kristin Bergtora Sandvik for her commitment and efforts in creating and leading NCHS since 2013. Sandvik takes on the role of Associate Professor at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at University of Oslo, but will continue to work with NCHS in her new capacity as the coordinator of the Humanitarianism Research Group at PRIO. She also continues to lead two of the research projects under the NCHS umbrella: Protection of Civilians and Aid in Crisis? Rights based approaches and Humanitarian Outcomes.

More about Dr. Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert

Jumbert is a senior researcher at PRIO and holds a PhD from Sciences Po Paris and the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI). Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “The internationalization of the Sudanese conflicts: from South-Sudan to Darfur. Agenda-setting, mobilization and qualifications”.

Jumbert’s work has focused on humanitarianism and its interlinkages with security, migration and new technologies. A recognized expert on EU border management, and its humanitarian and security interfaces, she was PRIO’s Principal researcher in the EUFP7 project Protection of European Borders and Seas through the Intelligent Use of Surveillance (PERSEUS), between 2011 and 2015, where PRIO led the Policy and Regulations workpackage. She is an often used media commentator on issues related to the situation at Europe’s borders.

Jumbert currently leads two research projects: Brazil’s Rise to the Global Stage (BraGS), funded by the Latinamerika programme of the Norwegian Research Council (RCN), investigating Brazil’s ambitions and involvement in humanitarianism and peacekeeping, and Communicating Risk in the Digital Age (DIGICOM), funded by the SAMRISK programme, which studies how digitalisation and new forms of risk communication affect societal security. She previously headed The Critical Humanitarian Technology Project, completed in 2013.

Jumbert has been a visiting scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, New York. She has also been a guest researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo and the Centre d’Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales (CEDEJ) in Khartoum.

More about the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies

NCHS is a joint CMI, NUPI and PRIO initiative established in 2012 with the aim to promote and facilitate critical and relevant research on humanitarian issues. The Centre is financed by the Norwegian Research Council, and has four overarching objectives:

  • To produce high quality, policy relevant research on humanitarian issues
  • To establish a critical mass of Norwegian scholars working on humanitarian issues, and linking these up with international networks
  • To serve as a key partner for discussion and analysis for humanitarian actors ·
  • To stimulate public debate on humanitarian issues

As of May 2016, the NCHS’ activities are organized under 11 ongoing research projects (click here for an overview) and consists of researchers from CMI, NUPI and PRIO, as well as collaborators from Norwegian and international universities. NCHS also seeks to engage Norwegian and international academics, policy makers, practitioners and other actors with an interest in the humanitarian field by organizing seminars, workshops and offering a platform for research dissemination.