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Daniel Vorbach
Research Associate/PhD Student



Daniel Vorbach has more than 10 years of experience in management and advisory roles in international development agencies in the Pacific, South Asia and Australia. Prior to joining the Stockholm Environment Institute, Daniel was Program Director at Oxfam in Vanuatu, responsible for Oxfam’s Resilience, Humanitarian, Gender and Governance programs. As Program Manager for the Vanuatu Climate Change Adaptation Program Daniel coordinated a consortium comprised of Oxfam, CARE, Red Cross and Save the Children supporting communities across Vanuatu to increase their resilience.

Daniel also held climate change adaptation advisory roles with Practical Action Sri Lanka and World Vision Australia. He played a leading role in establishing and convening Climate Action Networks in Vanuatu and Sri Lanka. Daniel was awarded the Vanuatu 30th Independence Anniversary Medal and Red Cross Vanuatu National Award for his contribution to the emergency response following Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Key Skills:
Participatory development, community based adaptation, resilience, transdisciplinary collaboration

Current Projects:

Daniel works on the integrated Participatory Technology Development (iPTD) project, dividing his time between Vanuatu and York. The project brings together Vanuatu communities and scientists to co-develop locally appropriate water testing technology and related institutions. It is implemented in partnership with Oxfam in Vanuatu, Wan Smolbag Theatre and a team of researchers from the University of York departments of Electronic Engineering, Biology, Physics, Health Sciences and the Stockholm Environment Institute. Daniel is responsible for running the participatory action research component of the project in Vanuatu and publish findings based on critical analysis of the approach.

Recent Publiction:
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.



2015 to 2017: Director: Programs - Oxfam, Port Vila, Vanuatu
2012 to 2015: Climate Change Adaptation Program Manager at Oxfam, Port Vila, Vanuatu
2011 to 2012: Climate Change Policy Advisor at World Vision, Melbourne, Australia
2008 to 2010: Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator at Practical Action, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 to 2008: Technology Justice Program Manager at Practical Action, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2006 to 2007: Timor Leste and PNG Program Officer at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Melbourne, Australia


Daniel is currently enrolled in a Human Geography PhD program at the Department of Environment and Geography, University of York
Master of Social Science (International Development), RMIT University, Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Politics with French and European Studies), University of Sussex, UK and Université de la Réunion, France DOM

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