Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings is the Associate Director of Research, leading the implementation of the CHL’s research strategy and editing the Humanitarian Leader. She primarily teaches units in the Master’s of Humanitarian Assistance and the Master’s of Sustainable Development & Humanitarian Assistance programmes, including ADH702 The Humanitarian-Development Nexus and AHA724 Disaster Risk Reduction.
Nazanin received her PhD from the City University of Hong Kong in 2019. Her thesis focused on humanitarian non-governmental organisations working in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea). Nazanin’s research interests include disaster management, humanitarian aid, humanitarian access, human rights, civil society, and the DPRK. She is particularly interested in research that engages with humanitarian practitioners, and welcomes potential collaborative opportunities.
Nazanin earned an MA in International Humanitarian Action from Ruhr University Bochum and Université catholique de Louvain through the Network on Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) programme, and an MA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh. She has also conducted volunteer research for the Hong Kong office of Doctors without Borders on international and humanitarian issues in various regions of Asia.
Nazanin joined the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership in August 2018.