Stuart Gordon is the Programme Director for the International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies MSc, an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also coordinates the International Development department development and humanitarian consultancy programmes. He is a research adviser to both the Humanitarian Forum and the Moslem Charities Forum. He sits on the editorial board of the Disasters journal and co-directs, with Sara Pantuliano, the LSE-ODI Senior Level Course on Conflcit and Humanitarian Response . He writes on the roles of institutions in conflict and complex emergencies with a particular focus on the interactions between humanitarian and security organisations (state militaries and non-state armed groups). He is interested in two broad themes: firstly, the drivers of humanitarian governance and practice; and secondly the institutions that emerge during situations of armed conflict and their impact on civilian populations.
Prior to joining the LSE he was a senior adviser on the UK’s Helmand and Afghan Strategies working with the military, diplomatic and development branches of the UK government. He has conducted field research in conflict settings including Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Uganda, Somalia and Ethiopia. He has served in the UK Armed Forces (RAF and Army) as both a regular and reserve officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Humanitarian governance and the evolution of the system, risk in the humanitarian sector, counter terrorist legislation and its impact on humanitarian organisations, humanitarian-military interaction, international responses to health emergencies (especially Ebola), humanitarian accountability and localisation.