Senior Lecturer, Humanitarian Studies, University of Manchester

Larissa Fast has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of the worlds of academia, policy, and practice. Her research addresses two fundamental problems: how best to protect civilians, particularly those who intervene in violent conflict, and how to make such intervention more effective, ethical, and responsive to local needs and circumstances. In addition to her book Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism, she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and policy reports. She is Principal Investigator on the Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH) project.

Prior to her current position at the University of Manchester, she was Senior Research Fellow at ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group, a Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholar, and a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at USAID’s Global Development Lab. She previously held faculty positions at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame (USA) and Conrad Grebel University College (University of Waterloo, Canada).