Andrea Steinke is a research fellow at the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA). She leads the research project on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace-Nexus, which she explains a little further in this interview. Her research interests include anthropology of humanitarianism, localisation of humanitarian action, dynamics of securitisation and the afterlives of interventions.
Prior to joining CHA, Andrea worked at Freie Universität Berlin. There she received her PhD in Social-and cultural Anthropology with an ethnographic study on faith-based organisations in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. In her work, she has negotiated questions of professionalism and faith at the various levels of humanitarian intervention. A monograph based on this research “Faith in Humanitarianism: Professionalism, Faith, and Disaster Intervention in Haiti” (forthcoming 2020) will be published as part of the NGOgraphies series. In addition, in a project on the role of the Brazilian military in the context of the UN-Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Andrea dealt with topics such as South-South cooperation, legitimacy of interventions, and civil-military cooperation.
Andrea has research experience in Haiti and Brazil, Macedonia, Germany and Mali.
Andrea speaks German, English, Haitian Creole, French and Portuguese.