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Bianca Fadel

Research Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Dr Bianca Fadel is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for International Development 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.

Bianca Fadel

Key areas of interest: Volunteering; Community Development; Humanitarian Action; Resilience; Participatory Methodologies; Global South; Decolonisation

Working languages: English; French; Portuguese; Spanish

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Uneven geographies of youth volunteering in Uganda: Multi-scalar discourses and practices, Baillie Smith, M., Mills, S., Okech, M., Fadel, B. 1 Aug 2022, In: Geoforum
  • Volunteering hierarchies in the global South: remuneration and livelihoods, Baillie Smith, M., Fadel, B., O'Loghlen, A., Hazeldine, S. 1 Feb 2022, In: Voluntas
  • Ethnographies of Volunteering: Providing Nuance to the Links Between Volunteering and Development, Chadwick, A., Fadel, B., Millora, C. 1 Dec 2021, In: Voluntas
  • How Shades of Truth and Age Affect Responses to COVID-19 (Mis)information: Randomized Survey Experiment among WhatsApp Users in UK and Brazil, Vijaykumar, S., Jin, Y., Rogerson, D., Lu, X., Sharma, S., Maughan, A., Fadel, B., de Oliveira Costa, M., Pagliari, C., Morris, D. 23 Mar 2021, In: Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
  • Refugees and Volunteering in Uganda, Turyamureeba, R., Ahimbisibwe, F., Fadel, B., O'Loghlen, A. 26 Feb 2021
  • Volunteering: Connecting the Global Agenda on Sustainability to the Community Level, Fadel, B. 20 May 2020, Partnerships for the Goals, Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Cham, Springer
  • Volunteerism and Community Resilience: Locally Owned Solutions Delivering Impact, Chadwick, A., Fadel, B. 22 Jul 2020
  • Volunteering in Conflict and Emergencies Theme Paper 1: Everyday Humanitarianism, Thomas, N., Baillie Smith, M., Agerhem, S., Cadesky, J., Valle Paz, B., Fadel, B. 22 Jun 2018
  • Volunteering in Conflicts and Emergencies Theme Paper 2: The Dangers of Being Local, Thomas, N., Baillie Smith, M., Agerhem, S., Cadesky, J., Fadel, B., Valle Paz, B. 22 Jun 2018
  • Volunteering in Conflicts and Emergencies Theme Paper 3: Volunteers and Victims, Thomas, N., Baillie Smith, M., Agerhem, S., Cadesky, J., Valle Paz, B., Fadel, B. 22 Jun 2018

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: Member of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) 2019
  • Other: Member of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Expert Group to support the Plan of Action for Integrating Volunteerism into the 2030 Agenda 2019
  • Other: Member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Working Group on Volunteering in Dangerous Situations 2018
  • Other: Member of the Volunteering in Conflicts and Emergencies Initiative (ViCE) 2018
  • Other: Global Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS), Brown University 2016

  • Social Studies/Science PhD January 27 2023
  • MA September 01 2013
  • BA December 10 2010


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