I am currently writing my first book, titled Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response. This book will present an analysis of the ways in which pressures from secular and religious perspectives affect international humanitarian response to disasters, focusing on evidence from the response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Building on my PhD research, this book is the first of its type to provide empirical evidence on the subject of secularity in humanitarian response. It will contribute to the debate on secular and faith-based disaster response, while also adding to sociological discussion on what secularism and post-secularism look like in a globalized and interconnected world.
Applied Research with Practitioner Partners
With the JLI, I work on several research projects for partners including UNICEF, UNHCR, Tearfund, World Vision, Religions for Peace, and others. I conduct and coordinate primary research and help communicate research findings through briefs and other materials, such as briefs for events including the World Humanitarian Summit and the consultation processes for the Global Compact on Refugees. You can find out more about these projects by visiting www.jliflc.com
In my previous research consultancies, I have also collaborated with a range of humanitarian organizations, such as a case study with Tearfund and ICM on their disaster preparedness training for pastors, a report with Misean Cara on disaster resilience and the role of religion, and a report from Caritas Palo (a local arm of Caritas Internationalis) on the place of culture in community-based disaster risk reduction programs.
Disaster preparedness planning for local churches in the Visayan region of the Philippines
A chapel destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, re-purposed for drying laundry