Jo Rose is a Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Response and is the Programme Leader of the MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs (MIHA). Jo has worked intensively in complex political emergencies including Liberia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. Throughout her career Jo has worked within academia, policy and practice in disasters, conflicts, and uneven development. Her ongoing work on community involvement in the delivery of humanitarian aid seeks to shape future practice and policy on humanitarian interventions in disasters and conflicts.
Jo focuses on understanding community and local stakeholder engagement in humanitarian responses and development programmes. Jo has conducted major evaluations and research in Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and most recently Afghanistan.
- PhD in the delivery of humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies: a case study of Somalia. Fieldwork in Puntland and Somalia, Northumbria University.
- MSc in Engineering and Technology. Thesis Title: Water and Sanitation in Complex Emergencies. Fieldwork in Sudan and South Sudan, Newcastle University.
- BSc in Geography and Environmental Management. Fieldwork in Kenya, Northumbria University.
- Member of the Distance Learning College Advisory Group
Jo collaborates with disaster and conflict affected communities and local partners to understand the research needs and priorities of the local communities. Jo is experienced in using indigenous research methods and co-creating research methods to ensure the methods are contextually appropriate and effective. Jo's ongoing and recent research has involved:
- The application of a wasteshed concept to understand the range of challenges and potential livelihood opportunities in refugee camps and surrounding host communities through understanding all types and flows of waste.
- Developing supportive frameworks for children that have lived/are living in conflict areas and refugee camps through applying indigenous research methods specifically in Cox's Bazaar refugee camp in Bangladesh and Bidi Bidi settlement in Uganda.
- The development of an evidence base of how and why field-based WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) professionals from four Sub-Saharan African countries (Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda) believe failures occur, their experiences when sharing and discussing them within their organisations, and how they believe a culture conducive to publicly sharing and learning from failures could be nurtured.
- The development of a dice game with Nepalese researchers to understand the knowledge of disaster risk reduction measures amongst the informal construction sector in Nepal; the role of informal education in the sector; and an understanding of the barriers in developing more hazard resilient buildings.
- A multi-sector evaluation of the Aga Khan Foundation work in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan over a ten year period. The evaluation involved extensive fieldwork in Badakhshan led by the Afghan team. The evaluation framework and criteria were co-created by the entire team to ensure they were context driven.
Ethics: Jo works with each team to co-create an ethical code of conduct that all members of the research team must agree to and abide by. Jo has led other networks and institutions in the development of their own ethical code of conducts. She endevours to ensure all work is ethical in accordance with local context, culture and indigenous ethics.
Jo would be interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: humanitarian affairs and sustainable development in particular, the role of traditional knowledge systems, local communities and local stakeholders.
Jo is currently supervising the following PhDs:
What are the Influences of Aid Effectiveness in Community-led Development? The Case of Afghanistan (Mr Shaheer Shahriar).
Do inequities present in the experience of empowerment for women of non-western cultural backgrounds? (Mrs Claudia Adlar)
The global survivor's fund initiative and the health and wellbeing needs of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) in Eastern Congo (Mr Jack Liuta)