I am an expert in development in areas affected by disaster, conflict or fragility, with a special focus on aid-society relations: the impact of humanitarian aid on society and the ways in which people and institutions shape the organisation of aid relations.
I have supervised 30 PhD candidates, and 21 of these have been completed. In my current position, I am directing a research programme around situations where conflicts meet disaster.
My research programmes have taken place in settings affected by disaster, conflict and fragility, including Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka.
Currently, my main research programme concerns where “Conflict meets disaster’, that studies disaster governance in high-conflict, low-conflict and post-conflict societies.
In addition to my academic research, I maintain a portfolio for applied assignments and advisory work, which has enhanced an intimate knowledge base of international organisational processes and local dynamics of aid-state-society interaction. I am president of the International Humanitarian Studies Association and a board member of the Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance
I have published 6 books, 46 journal articles, 34 book chapters and 44 professional publications, and I am a regular blogger.
Thea Hilhorst, WW Wairimu & I Christoplos (2015) - From crisis to development: the policy and practice of agricultural service provision in northern Uganda - Agriculture and Human Values - doi: 10.1007/s10460-015-9665-0
N Douma, Thea Hilhorst & J Matabaro (2016) - Getting the balance right? Sexual violence response in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a comparison between 2011 and 2014 - Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC); Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP)
B Arensman, JB Barrett, AJ van Bodegom, Thea Hilhorst, DC Klaver, ED Rasch, W Richert, A Wagemakers, C van Waegeningh & M van Wessel (2015) - MFS II Evaluations : Joint evaluations of the Dutch Co-Financing system 2011-2015 - Civil Society contribution to policy change - Wageningen University/Partos
Thea Hilhorst & BJ Jansen (2005) - You never walk alone: participation, partnership and coordination in humanitarian aid - PSO
N Douma & Thea Hilhorst (2004) - Beyond conflict : Peacebuilding practices of Cordaid - Cordaid
Thea Hilhorst, MJ Vervest & C van Waegeningh (2003) - From survivor to citizen. Evaluation of 11 years Dutch consortium in North Iraq - Cordaid
Thea Hilhorst & BJ Jansen (2003) - For better or for worse.... Partnership between Dutch humanitarian NGOs and implementing local partners: paper prepared for the PSO seminar on on 26 June 2003 on "Cooperation with implementing partners in humanitarian assistence" - PSO
Thea Hilhorst, MJ Vervest, Isabelle Desportes, Samantha Melis, Rodrigo Mena Fluhmann & R Van Voorst (2020) - Strengthening community resilience in conflict: learnings from the Partners for Resilience programme - International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)