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Daniel Vorbach
PhD Researcher



Daniel is a PhD researcher interested in community governance in rural Vanuatu. His thesis uses critical institutionalism and the concept of institutional bricolage to explore how community institutions in rural Vanuatu emerge and adapt and why externally introduced institutions rarely work as intended. Daniel’s research is part of the integrated Participatory Technology Development (iPTD) project, which brings Vanuatu communities and scientists together to co-develop water safety monitoring technologies and related institutions.

Daniel holds a MA in International Development from RMIT University, Australia and a BA(Hons) in Politics from the University of Sussex, UK.

Daniel has more than 10 years of experience in management and advisory roles. Prior to joining the Stockholm Environment Institute, he was Program Director at Oxfam in Vanuatu. As Program Manager for the Vanuatu Climate Change Adaptation Program Daniel coordinated a consortium of NGOs supporting communities' adaptation efforts. He has also held climate change adaptation advisory roles with Practical Action Sri Lanka and World Vision Australia and played a leading role in establishing and convening Climate Action Networks in Vanuatu and Sri Lanka.



Areas of research

  • Community governance
  • Institutional Bricolage
  • Vanuatu
  • Transdisciplinary collaboration

Academic supervisor

Dr Jonathan Ensor, Stockholm Environment Institute.



Selected publications

Webb, J., Vorbach, D., Boydell, E., Mcnaught, R., Sterrett, C. (2015). Tools for CBA: Lessons from NGO collaboration in Vanuatu. Coastal Management, 43(4), 407-423.

Contact details

Daniel Vorbach
PhD Researcher
Department of Environment & Geography
University of York
YO10 5NG