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Researcher in disaster preparedness, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Tilly Alcayna is a researcher at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) for the DisasterNet project which focuses on supporting local and national capacity for disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines, as part of the Resilient Communities Program. Previously, Tilly has worked in the Philippines for a DFID/VSO programme, for the British Red Cross, and in Belgium working for the European Commission. She has conducted research in South Sudan, Colombia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Lebanon.

Tilly holds a Masters in Public Health in Disasters (MPH) jointly from the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also holds a Bachelor in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. Her research interests lie in socio-ecological systems, disaster risk reduction, environmental health and humanitarian assistance.


  • 2021–present
    PhD Candidate, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • –present
    Researcher in disaster preparedness, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University


  • 2015 
    T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, MPH Public Health in Disasters