Larissa Fast is a scholar working at the intersection of the worlds of academia, policy, and practice. Her research addresses two fundamental problems: how best to protect civilians, particularly those who intervene in violent conflict, and how to make such intervention more effective, ethical, and responsive to local needs and circumstances. In addition to her book Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism, she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and policy reports. Her current research projects focus on local humanitarian action, the uses of data and technology in the humanitarian sector, and the impact of violent attacks on healthcare in conflict settings.
Larissa has worked for both government and non-governmental agencies as a project manager, consultant, and analyst, and provided training to individuals and organizations in peacebuilding and conflict analysis. Prior to her current position at Manchester, she was a Sr Research Fellow at ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group, a Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholar, and a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at USAID’s Global Development Lab. She also held faculty positions at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and Conrad Grebel University College (University of Waterloo, Canada).