Professor Andrew Collins

Professor Andrew Collins


Andrew’s humanitarian perspectives developed from extended voluntary service in wartime Mozambique during the 1980s, and subsequent engagements with development and disaster reduction initiatives globally. He partly entered academia to explore ideas concerning local and global crises, gaining a PhD from King’s College, London in 1996 on ‘Environment Health and Population Displacement in Mozambique’ which he later rewrote for Ashgate Press (1998). He has published widely on health, disaster and development related topics including ‘Disaster and Development’ (2009) for Routledge Perspectives on Development Series, used by teaching programmes internationally. Beyond papers for academic journals he has written for various other outlets, including IFRC World Disasters Report (2009), technical or alternative media.

His research interests concern theoretical, methodological and policy aspects of disaster reduction, health ecology, sustainable development, climate adaptation and human security being based at the Disaster and Development Network (DDN), Northumbria University. This links issues of environment and society, population displacement, risk, governance, education and disaster management with particular application to health and community based strategies variously funded by ESRC, DFID and others. He serves on high level advisory, peer review, events and funding boards aimed at strengthening specialist and public engagement with this field.

He led the establishment of the first combined disaster management and sustainable development postgraduate programme launched at Northumbria in 2000, and the Disaster and Development Centre (DDC) launched 2004 and re-launched as a global network in 2013 alongside adoption of the DDC by the private sector. He currently supervises PhD students and post doc researchers working also with a varied group of DDN Affiliates spanning the disaster, development and humanitarian field. He has carried out over 30 consultations and led more than 20 research and development projects in the subject area.

Elrha is hosted by Save the Children, a registered charity in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570).

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