Editorial Board

Directed and led by Boris MARTIN, Editor-in-chief, the Editorial Board's mission is to discuss, conceive and define the "Focus" theme; to feed the various sections besides the "Focus" and to propose, prospect and contact, if necessary, the prospective authors. It ensures that the authors respect the editorial line as defined in the "Humanitarian Alternatives Charter".

The Editorial Board is composed of:

Aude Brus

After a post-doctoral fellowship in Senegal with IRL 3189 Environment, Health, Societies on children's growth and its relationship with the environment, she has been working as a Research Specialist at Humanity & Inclusion for almost ten years. Aude has extensive experience in implementing research and studies in low- and middle-income countries and has learned to adapt her language and posture to diverse topics, contexts and audiences. She shares advice on methods and ethical issues with a variety of stakeholders at headquarters and in the field (operational, technical, partners) and is actively involved in the development of learning materials on how to plan and implement studies. She also facilitates the development of research projects in partnership with academic institutes, translating the expectations and constraints of both worlds (development and academic) into reality.

Clara Egger

Clara Egger holds an MA degree in Political Science (2010) from Sciences Po Grenoble (MA Program “International Organizations IGO – NGOs”) and a PhD in political science from the University Grenoble Alpes. Her PhD thesis analyses States’ control strategies of humanitarian NGOs at the unilateral and multilateral level, focusing on the cases of France, United Kingdom and the United States of America. During her PhD, she did field research in Kosovo and Kenya. Her research was awarded the French Red Cross Fund for the best research on humanitarian action and was shortlisted for the ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in politics. She leaded the research aspects of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia project aiming to analyse how key concepts to humanitarian practice are used, understood and perceived.  She is now assistant professor at the University of Groningen. Her current research interests include the role of humanitarian action in international politics and, in particular, its links with military intervention; non-Western conception of humanitarianism and armed contestation of Western powers foreign policies

Pierre Gallien

Director of the H.I Impact, Information & Innovation division. Pierre is agronomist but was keen to enrich his curriculum with complementary training in management (IAE), epidemiology (CESAM) and strategic foresight  (CNAM). During his 25-years experience in the humanitarian field, he held many technical (technical coordinator, Head of Knowledge Management division) and operational (geographical manager, mission director) positions for Action Against Hunger, Solidarités International and Humanity & Inclusion. This eclectic experience in humanitarian action has allowed him to better understand the specific constraints of the different positions, but also to underline the importance of cross-sectoral approaches.


Valérie Gorin

Valerie Gorin is a lecturer and researcher since 2011 at the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute. Since 2020, she is Head of Learning for the Executive Master programme in humanitarian action. She earned her MA in History in 2004, and her PhD in communication and media sciences at the University of Geneva in 2013. Her doctoral thesis focused on the photojournalistic coverage of humanitarian crises in American and French news magazines from the 1960s to the 1990s. She has since carried out research on the history of aid and humanitarian communication, with a specific focus on the visual culture of aid organisations and advocacy strategies. She also co-edited several publications about the responses to famine (European Review of History, 2015), the representations of the 2014-2016 migration crisis (Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, 2018), as well as the link between emotions and images in humanitarian settings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 – to be published).

Vincent Léger

Vincent Leger is a research officer at the French Red Cross Foundation. PhD in anthropology (University College London) and holder of a Master in demography (IDUP), he is responsible for monitoring and promoting research supported by the Foundation on humanitarian and social action.


Boris Martin

Editor-in-chief of Humanitarian Alternatives, he manages and leads its editorial board. After studying law and legal anthropology, Boris Martin became involved in academic research, writing and humanitarian action. He was editor-in-chief of the review Humanitaire at Médecins du Monde from 2000 to 2015. He has published several books on humanitarian action, including La France de la solidarité (Cesno, 2002), Critique de la raison humanitaire (dir. with Karl Blanchet, preface by Rony Brauman), published by Le Cavalier Bleu in 2006 (translated into English by Columbia University Press/Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd in 2011 under the title Many Reasons to Intervene: French and British Approaches to Humanitarian Action) and L'adieu à l'humanitaire. Les ONG au défi de l'offensive néolibérale (Éditions Charles Léopold Mayer, 2015). He is also the author of stories (Chronique d'un monde disparu, 2008 and « C'est de Chine que je t'écris... », 2004) published by Le Seuil and short stories (Hong Kong, un parfum d'éternité, 2010) published by Elytis. His latest story – L’iconoclaste. L’histoire véritable d’Auguste François, consul, photographe, explorateur, misanthrope, incorruptible et ennemi des intrigants – was published in May 2014 by Éditions du Pacifique. In 2020, he wrote the biography of Médecins du Monde, La belle histoire.

Stéphanie Stern

Stephanie leads the ACF’s Knowledge LAB project, an innovative pilot project aiming at incubating innovative approaches and methodologies to improve the knowledge management across Action Against Hunger's international network. Collaborating closely with the research, advocacy, technical and operations department , ACF Knowledge LAB explores ways of effectively connecting knowledge with action in order to improve the way the organisation fights against hunger.

Sophie Zaccaria

Sophie Zaccaria is a physiotherapist and holds a master’s degree in social practices of development from Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies (IEDES). She has worked with the United Nations in Gaza, South Africa and Cambodia, and then in France with various NGOs such as CCFD-Terre Solidaire. She has taught and continues to teach in various master's degrees in international solidarity actions at the Senghor Institute of the Francophonie, the Catholic Institute of Paris and IEDES. After having been in charge of the health and advocacy department at Médecins du Monde, she is now attached to the direction in charge of transversal issues.