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Dr Bianca Fadel

Research Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Dr Bianca Fadel is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Development (CGD) 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
  • Digital Transformation in Development Settings: Remote Volunteering and Digital Humanitarianism, Fadel, B., Elert Soares, T. 12 Feb 2024, The Palgrave Handbook of Everyday Digital Life, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Refugee volunteering and responses to displacement in Uganda: navigating service-delivery, work and precarity, Baillie Smith, M., Fadel, B., Ahimbisibwe, F., Turyamureeba, R. 29 Feb 2024, In: Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
  • The reproduction of inequality through volunteering by young refugees in Uganda, Okech, M., Baillie Smith, M., Fadel, B., Mills, S. 15 Feb 2024, In: Voluntas
  • A New Generation of Volunteers as Changemakers, Okech, M., Baillie Smith, M., Fadel, B. 10 Sep 2023
  • Volunteering by Displaced Youth in Uganda: Livelihoods, Skills, Employability and Inequalities, Fadel, B., Baillie Smith, M., Ahimbisibwe, F., Boyle, O., Freimane, I., Kanyandago, P., Mills, S., Okech, M., O'Loghlen, A., Rogerson, D., Sahasranaman, A., Tukundane, C., Turyamureeba, R. 5 Sep 2023, Civic Engagement & Voluntary Services - Handbook for Science and Practice, Baden-Baden, Germany, Nomos-Verlagsgesellschaft
  • Working with refugee youth, Mills, S., Baillie Smith, M., Fadel, B., Okech, M. 7 Dec 2023
  • 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
  • “A Poor Man Cannot Volunteer”, Okech, M., Baillie Smith, M., Mills, S., Fadel, B. 1 Sep 2021
  • Decolonising Thinking & Practice of Volunteering for Development, Fadel, B. 1 Sep 2021

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2022
  • 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

  • Geography PhD January 27 2023
  • MA September 01 2013
  • BA December 10 2010


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