Food Studies Centre

Dr Susanne Jaspars

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Food Studies Centre Member
Food Studies Centre
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Susanne has worked on the social and political dynamics of food in situations of conflict, famine and humanitarian crises for more than thirty years. In 2016, she completed a PhD in Politics, examining the history and politics of food aid in Sudan, at Bristol University. She previously gained an MSc in Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1986). Susanne has worked both has practitioner and researcher, mostly in the Horn of Africa. As a practitioner, she worked for organisations such as Medecins sans Frontieres, Oxfam, the World Food Programme. As researcher, Susanne worked as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, as Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group in London, and has been a Research Associate at the SOAS Food Studies Centre since 2016. Susanne has published a number of books, academic articles and policy reports (see below). She is on the editorial board of Disasters journal and on the Executive Committee (board) of the International Humanitarian Studies Association.

Research interests

Susanne Jaspars researches the social and political aspects of food security, livelihoods and nutrition in situations of conflict, famine and humanitarian crises. Current areas of interest include politics, migration and humanitarianism (with a recent focus on Darfuri migration to Europe), social approaches to nutrition in times of famine and crises, and the politics and political economy of food aid and food assistance – particularly in situations of protracted crisis.


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