Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Italian humanitarian expert to study international aid work

Italian humanitarian expert and PhD student to study international aid work at UC

August 3, 2013

An Italian humanitarian worker and PhD student is coming to the University of Canterbury (UC) to study the personality traits and psychological characteristics of international humanitarian workers.

A Bologna university student Francesca Paola Crabu has more than seven years’ experience as an emergency humanitarian worker. She will be doing her PhD at UC under the supervision of psychology associate professor Martin Dorahy.

``I want to better understand the psychological processes behind the choice of being a humanitarian worker.

``I chose Christchurch because it is one of the most welcoming and exciting places in the world to be right now and I have previously worked with my supervisor, UC’s Associate Professor Martin Dorahy.

``Despite the fact that we have yearly statistics about natural and human-related disasters, there are much fewer studies related to humanitarian workers. The data mainly show the toll of security incidents.

``In 2012, 308 humanitarian workers were killed, kidnapped or wounded – the highest number yet recorded.

``Humanitarian workers are directly involved in relief operations and they are the key people dealing with a great number of life threats and stressful situations.

``Due the importance of the humanitarian intervention I would like to better understand what qualities and characteristics drive relief workers. Knowing their main characteristics could be useful for a more effective humanitarian response and for training purposes toward those willing to undertake this vocation.

``I believe that my research at UC could be beneficial for all humanitarian workers around the world including New Zealand, given the 2010 and 2011 events in Christchurch.

``In order to better understand the humanitarian situation in New Zealand, I am keen to volunteer within the Red Cross as soon as I reach Christchurch.’’
ends

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.