About the Event

The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis; it is an economic crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis, and a human rights crisis. This crisis has highlighted severe fragilities and inequalities within and among nations. Coming out of this crisis will require a whole-of-society, whole-of-government and whole-of-the-world approach driven by compassion and solidarity.

In this live webinar, academics from Oxford Brookes University and The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will come together to discuss the role of humanitarian action and peacebuilding in pandemics and other global issues such as climate change. Joined by students from the MA Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding course, you will hear first-hand accounts of how practice-based research and training from Oxford Brookes and UNITAR has helped practitioners deliver humanitarian aid, build resilience or transform conflict to search for equitable and sustainable responses to complex emergencies. 

Join us for this live discussion and learn more about the MA Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding programme.

More about the Course

The MA in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding is an online course and a joint collaboration between Oxford Brookes University’s Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) and The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The expertise of these leading institutions provides an unparalleled blend of sector research and theories, combined with field-work and training expertise to create a unique student-centred, multidisciplinary programme. The holistic understanding you will gain from this course will add value to your understanding and ability to work with the critical issues relating to humanitarian action and peacebuilding.

Host and Speakers


Alexandra Severino

Alexandra SEVERINO (LLM International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, University of Geneva; PGD in European Union Law, UMinho) is a legal researcher and consultant in the fields of Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, and EU law. She holds a master’s degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the University of Geneva and a specialisation degree in European Union Law from the University of Minho. She is also currently working on the development of indicators of community impact with her peers. Alexandra also works as a freelancer in diverse and enriching projects with clients that range from Universities, Embassies, Think-tanks, and NGOs to International Organisations.


Dr. Jon-Hans Coetzer 

Jon-Hans works in the area of rethinking pedagogy for peace and security studies. He served as the Chief Academic Officer of the EU Business School Group, Sommet Education Group. He also served as a regional delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Germany, Australia, Thailand, Japan, China, Vietnam, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, South Korea, and Kazakhstan. He forged collaborative partnerships with prestigious global and regional institutions and organizations to promote the dissemination of International Humanitarian Law.

Dr. Brigitte Piquard

Dr Brigitte Piquard is Reader in Humanitarianism and Conflict at Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom). She is the initiator and subject coordinator (academic director) of the Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding for  Oxford Brookes University. She is an anthropologist and political scientist and has conducted field research in Asia, the Balkans, South Caucasus, the Middle East, Colombia and Central Africa.  She is also one of the pioneers in Humanitarian Studies and has contributed to the development of European academic networks of academic and practitioners in Europe. 

Jelena Vujanovic

Jelena is a humanitarian worker with 9 years of experience mostly at coordination and management level of both Humanitarian and Development Programmes in Balkan, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Countries. She is currently working as a Head of Programmes for the INGO “Terre des hommes Foundation” based in Lebanon. Jelena has a BA degree in Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, MA degree in History, Anthropology and Culture in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, while in January 2021, she began a second MA degree on Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding provided by Oxford Brookes and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 

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