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Humanitarian Law & Policy:
Humanitarian Access, Humanitarian Advocacy, Humanitarian Principles, Integrated Missions and Peacekeeping, Protection of Civilians, Refugees and IDPs
Leadership & Management of Humanitarian Action:
Coordination, Missions and Mandates, Trends and Challenges

Simone Haysom is an independent research consultant based in South Africa and a Humanitarian Policy Group/Overseas Development Institute Research Associate. She specialises in issues related to rapid urbanisation, migration, and displacement, as well as humanitarian assistance and the politics of access and distinction in conflict. Between 2010 and 2013 she was a researcher at HPG/ODI, with primary responsibility for a multiyear ‘Sanctuary in the City’ project on urban displacement and how the humanitarian system could respond to its challenges and a lead role in the ‘Search for Common Ground’ project looking at issues of civil-military coordination. Her work has been published in Disasters, Stability, the Journal of Southern African Studies, Humanitarian Exchange, Africa in Fact and various print and electronic news sources. She is currently a recipient of a Miles Morland Fellowship, working on a book of reportage about urban violence and policing in Cape Town. She holds a BA from the University of Cape Town and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar.