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Dr Bianca Fadel is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University. Her PhD research analysed identity and belonging in local volunteering experiences during protracted crises, particularly in the case of Burundi, in East Africa. She is part of the Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda (RYVU) research team and involved in policy-focused projects with volunteer organisations including Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. As a practitioner, she has previously worked as advisor for humanitarian diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brazil; and her experience also comprises the implementation of local youth engagement volunteering projects with the Brazilian Red Cross.

Research interests

Key areas of interest: Volunteering; Community Development; Humanitarian Action; Resilience; Participatory Methodologies; Global South; Decolonisation

Working languages: English; French; Portuguese; Spanish

Education/Academic qualification

MA, Université catholique de Louvain

Award Date: 1 Sep 2013

BA, Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho

Award Date: 10 Dec 2010


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