Peter Walker, PhD
Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security
Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
After 25 years of field work in humanitarian crises around the world, Dr. Peter Walker was appointed in September 2002 as the Director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. In 2007 Dr. Walker was made Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security.
Dr. Walker played a major role in managing the relief response to the 1984-85 famine in the Sudan and is subsequent relief and development programs in Ethiopia.
Joining the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1990 Dr. Walker was involved in needs assessment and evaluation missions in the former Soviet states, Iran, Pakistan, Former Yugoslavia, The Horn of Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Somalia and the Great Lakes region.
Dr. Walker was instrumental in championing the need to professionalize the disaster response business, developing the global Code of Conduct for disaster relief workers and steering the development of the international Sphere standards, a major NGO and UN collaborative effort to develop universal competence standards in humanitarian assistance. In 1993 Walker founded the annual World Disasters Report which has now become a standard reference text in the humanitarian business.
His recent book with Feinstein Center Faculty member Dr. Dan Maxwell, Shaping the Humanitarian World, provides a robust history of humanitarianism linked to an inquiry into its future as a global venture.
At the Feinstein Intentional Center Walker is actively involved in research examining the future global drivers of humanitarian crises, the effectiveness of international humanitarian systems and the creation of international professional accreditation systems.
Dr. Walker is a Senior Research Fellow with UK DFID and sits on the board of a number of NGOs and academic journals
He is a dual USA/UK citizen, was brought up in Northern Ireland and has lived with his family in Europe, Africa and Asia before coming to the USA.