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Department of Development Studies

Ms Marion Péchayre

MSc in European Management, ESCP-EAP Paris, Berlin, Oxford MA in Conflict, Security and Development, King’s College London


Marion Péchayre
Department of Development Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Ms Marion Péchayre
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SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm
Thesis title:
International non-governmental organisations, “humanitarian triage” and the politics of impartiality in conflict and natural disasters settings - Pakistan 2004-2012
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Marion has been a humanitarian practitioner for five years working for an international NGO in several countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar. She was then an independent consultant for international humanitarian project assessments, evaluations, and support on team management and convened a BA course on NGOs, Development and Change at SOAS. She is now dedicating most of her time to research and is teaching at Sciences Po PSIA, Paris School of International Affairs.

PhD Research

The project is examining international NGOs’ politics of impartiality in disasters and conflict settings and in particular in Pakistan. It relies on the assumption that relief is to be analysed from the perspective of the social practices of actors that implement it, if its political rationality is to be decrypted. To this end the research uses the ethnography toolbox to unpack “humanitarian triage” practices of three NGOs in Pakistan and produce an anthropological account of their politics of impartiality.

PhD Publications

“Impartialité et pratiques de triage en milieu humanitaire. Le cas de Médecins Sans Frontières au Pakistan”, chapter in Lachenal, G., Lefève C. and Nguyen V-K Ed., La médecine du tri. Histoire, Ethique, Anthropologie, Presse Universitaire de France (PUF), Forthcoming 2014

“Politics, rhetoric and practices of humanitarian action in Pakistan”, chapter in Donini, Antonio Ed., “The golden fleece”, manipulation and independence in humanitarian action, Kumarian Press, December 2012

“The Pakistan floods: chronic malnutrition exposed”, in 2011 World Disasters focus on Report on hunger and malnutrition, Geneva: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 2011

Humanitarian Action in Pakistan 2005-2010”, Boston: Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, January 2011. https://wikis.uit.tufts.edu/confluence/display/FIC/Humanitarian+Action+in+Pakistan+2005-2010

PhD Conferences

When humanitarian bureaucracy undermines human security
World Conference on Humanitarian Studies hosted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul, 24-27 October 2013

Politics, Rhetoric and Practices of Humanitarian Action in Pakistan, on the panel ‘Humanitarian Action and “Instrumentalisation”’ at the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Boston, June 2011

Humanitarian Targeting and the Daily Practices of INGOs, Conference on Humanitarianism, Past, Present and Future, hosted by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, 8-10 November 2012

“Humanitarian Triage” and the Daily Practices of Médecins Sans Frontières in Pakistan, in Conference «Triage, sorting and  selection  in Medicine. Logics, Practices, Values» hosted by 2012 Université Paris Diderot, 19 - 20 November 2012


Member of the International Association for Humanitarian Studies