Rebecca Barber is a casual academic with Deakin University, and has developed and taught a number of units for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance and the Master of Development and Humanitarian Action.
She has over 15 years of experience in development and humanitarian assistance, spanning a range of roles across both policy and practice. Prior to joining Deakin she spent eight years as a humanitarian policy advisor with Oxfam and Save the Children, during which time she deployed to humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan, as well as a number of countries throughout the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that she worked with other international NGOs including the Norwegian Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee and World Vision. She has managed protection, human rights and legal aid programs in Darfur (Sudan), Pakistan and Timor Leste, and earlier managed multi-disciplinary teams responding to the 2004 tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia.
Rebecca has masters degrees in international law and international development. She has published on a wide range of issues across humanitarian assistance and international humanitarian and human rights law, including the protection of civilians in armed conflict, humanitarian access, human rights in disasters, legal preparedness for disasters, the responsibility to protect, and the role of the UN Security Council and General Assembly in responding to humanitarian crises.