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Dr Bianca Fadel is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Development (CGD) 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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Local volunteering in protracted crises: a case study from Burundi, Northumbria University

Award Date: 27 Jan 2023

MA, Humanitarian Action, Université catholique de Louvain

Award Date: 1 Sept 2013

BA, International Relations, Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho

Award Date: 10 Dec 2010

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