Our Network

Experts and professionals committed to making a positive impact

Members of institutions and teams spread across the globe

The OICD network consists of experts from universities, agencies and organizations from across the world. 

OICD Members work together across a variety of projects and roles

Patrons/Special Advisors

  • Marcia Langton

    Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Distinguished professor and associate provost.

  • Pierre Sané

    Former Secretary General of Amnesty International. Former UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences. Founder & President of Imagine Africa Institute.

  • Pamela Stewart & Andrew Strathern

    Wife and husband research team with a long history of joint publications and research. Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.

Advisory Board (alphabetical)

  • Prabhab Basnayake

    Prabhathi Basnayake is a medical anthropologist, specialising in global and public health and identity and wellbeing.

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    She has experience in conducting research in Australia, South Asia and SE Asia on projects related to health systems, migrant health, and community focused health care. She has worked at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University and Torrens University. Prabhathi has taught subjects in Masters of Public Health and Anthropology, in areas of qualitative research methods, primary health care, research designs and health informatics.

  • Christoph Brumann

    Christoph Brumann is Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, and Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg.

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    After obtaining his doctoral (1997) and habilitation (2005) degrees from the University of Cologne and teaching at the universities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Tübingen, he joined the MPI in 2009. His major research projects have dealt with the conflicts about urban conservation and development in Kyoto (Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto: Claiming a Right to the Past, 2012) and with the decision-making procedures and the lingering Eurocentrism of the World Heritage venture (The Best We Share: Nation, Culture and World-Making in the UNESCO World Heritage Arena, 2021). He has also published on utopian communes in Japan and worldwide, Japanese gift exchange, the anthropological concept of culture and Buddhist temples as economic institutions. He remains particularly interested in urban anthropology, international organisations and the politics of culture and cultural heritage in the public sphere.

  • Richard Chenhall

    Richard Chenhall is Professor in Medical Anthropology in the Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne.

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    Richard teaches courses at the postgraduate level including Medical Anthropology, Qualitative Research in Public Health and Community Based Participatory Research. He is currently working on a number of projects focusing on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, including substance misuse and treatment, sexual health, youth experiences, digital storytelling and the social determinants of health. He is also conducting research related to alcoholism and self-help groups in Japan. Richard is curently an executive committee member for the Organisation for Intercultural Development (OICD) and the Asia Pacific Society for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (APSAAR) and is a member of the Australian Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Society for Community Research and the Japan Studies Association of Australia.

  • Rick Fawn

    Professor Rick Fawn – School of International Relations St Andrews University – is a specialist on international security, with a geographic concentration on the former communist space.

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    He has conducted research in and published on Central Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.  He has also made numerous invited contributions to governments and media, and given many papers and invited lectures and keynote addresses in the UK and overseas.

  • Paul Ford

    Paul has 24 years policing experience having served within front line policing, training, firearms, extreme threats strategic policy development, custody, specialist protection and counter-terrorism commands in the UK.

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    Paul currently serves in Hampshire Constabulary as Deputy Head of Learning and Professional Development. He is passionate about developing policing and supporting training and development across learning organisations, with a track record in delivering a people focused transformational culture that prioritises officers and staff whilst delivering strong outcomes.

    In 2018, his teams were assessed and accredited by Investors in People (IIP) achieving the highest performance benchmark assessed score across the UK. In 2019, he was awarded Employer of the Year (IIP) the first occasion that this award has been given to policing nationally through establishing a staff investment program that provide opportunities in particular to those from minority backgrounds. In 2021 he secured a further Investors in People accreditation whilst serving as Deputy Head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office

    Paul has written a number of papers for the National Police Library including an Evaluation Handbook for Police, A Police Practitioners Report Writing Handbook, A Journey into Police Legitimacy and a Guide to Cultural Auditing. Paul completed a Master’s in Criminology and Police Management where he researched counter-terrorism legitimacy complaints at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge and has recently co-authored a book chapter on CT research methodologies edited by Professor Andrew Silke.

    Paul has significant experience in dealing with national policing challenges having authored both Operation Plato and Temperer. He completed the MPS review into emotionally disturbed persons and the response of firearms teams, establishing the protocols that armed the BTP and established the command and control principle that govern CT control room incident management in London. Furthermore, he has demonstrable experience of working across government including the Home Office, MOPAC, HMICFRS, MoD and Youth Justice Board.

    Paul established the Staff Investment Programme between 2017 and 2022 which has supported over 2500 officers and staff offering free qualifications in subjects including coaching, report writing, research skills, project management, leadership and safeguarding. In 2019 he established the national CT-Evidenced Based Review Group to review and promulgate academic research and identify potential research opportunities and sits as the CT thematic lead on the UK Society of Evidenced Policing Board. Paul is currently Vice Chair of the Centre of Police Research and Learning hosted by the Open University.

  • Jessica Gienow-Hecht

    Prof. Dr. Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht is Chair, Department of History, JFKI Co-Coordinator RU Borders, Excellence Cluster SCRIPTS PI, Gender, Border, Memory (SCRIPTS) at the Freie Universität Berlin.

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    Jessica’s field of expertise is the interplay between cultural projection and interaction on the one hand, and the desire for geopolitical legitimacy and influence on the other from the early modern period to the present. She teaches and researches international and global history with a particular eye on North America, and its relation to Greater Asia and the European continent. On the methodological level, Jessica seeks to understand the relationship between culture and politics in international history by borrowing from other fields ranging from musicology to economics. Thematically, she is engaged in a number of research projects, publication projects and collaborations addressing “nation branding,” emotions and humanitarianism.

  • Ellen Kaplan

    Professor of Theatre. Fulbright Scholar, actress, director, playwright.

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    Ellen directs and performs internationally: recent directing credits include: The Magic Flute, Curious Incident, Turn of the Screw, Private Live); recent acting: La Nieta del Dictador; La razon blindada (in Spanish). Guest Professor: Tel Aviv University; the University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest; University of Costa Rica, and Distinguished Artist at Hong Kong University, where her play Livy in the Garden was performed at the Robert Black Theatre. Other plays include Testimonies, based on interviews with Yazidi refugees in Iraq; Sarajevo Phoenix, based on interviews with Croat, Slav and Bosniak women; Cast No Shadow, about the legacies of the Holocaust, premiered at the Jewish State Theater of Bucharest; Pulling Apart, about the 2nd intifada, won a Moss Hart Award; and Someone Is Sure to Come, about inmates on Death Row, was presented in at LaMama in NYC and published in the Tacenda Literary Journal. Her book chapter on creativity and trauma was published in Performing Psychologies (2019); she is writing a book about theatre and social trauma, Chasing the Demons; and developing a play about women in Rojava, in Northeast Syria. Currently, she is the recipient of an Arts Afield grant, in partnership with mathematician Raj Mehta, to develop new work at the MacLeish Field Station, Whately MA.

  • Stephen Lyon

    Lyon is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in social organisation, cultural systems, conflict and development in rural and urban Pakistan.

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    He is the Professor of Anthropology and Head of Educational Programmes and Development at Aga Khan University (International)’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations based in London, United Kingdom. Before joining AKU, he worked for 16 years at Durham University, where he held a Chair in Anthropology and was the Chair of the Department of Anthropology (one of the largest Anthropology Departments in the UK and one of only a handful to offer biological and cultural anthropology degrees). He has worked closely on development projects with International Water Management Institute, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Karakorum International University, the Department for International Development and others. He integrates computational methods with more familiar anthropological approaches involving field work, including participant observation. He grew up and lived for many years in a number of countries, including the United States, Canada, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and France. He has published widely on the intersection of politics and culture in relation to Pakistan, including his recent book, Political Kinship in Pakistan: Descent, Marriage, and Government Stability (2019, Lexington Books). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Social Science Computer Review (a SAGE journal).

  • Sandra Obradović

    Sandra is a Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University and an Associate Researcher at the Electoral Psychology Observatory, London School of Economics.

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    She obtained her BA in Sociology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her MSc in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research interests focus on exploring the connections between history, national identity and socio-political change. Specifically, her research has considered how these phenomena interact in shaping public ambivalence towards EU integration in Serbia, the impact of Brexit on intergroup relations in the UK and the role of the meaning of nostalgia in shaping definitions of group identities and political attitudes in the UK, US and Sweden. Recently, she worked as Qualitative Expert on a research project commissioned by the British Council, UK exploring the role of values in international cooperation, with a modular extension focused on climate cooperation.

  • Chip Pitts

    International attorney, academic (with teaching at Oxford, Stanford, and in Asia including advocacy, leadership, negotiation/conflict resolution, good governance, climate change, sustainability, CSR/BHR, and human rights in general); …

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    … leader (founder, board chair/president, general counsel, governance, finance, audit committee member, spokesperson or advisor) for numerous global, national, and local NGOs such as Fairtrade International, Amnesty International USA, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, including consultant for good governance reviews of various organizations. UN Global Compact good practice project leader since inception. Longstanding OICD Executive Committee member. Former Chief Legal Officer of Nokia, Inc., having drafted Nokia’s influential global code of conduct committing it to the highest standards; founding executive of successful artificial intelligence startups. Co-Author of a pioneering CSR textbook as well as numerous publications in the field; testified before state legislatures, the US Congress, and foreign parliaments. Frequent media appearances and keynote or featured speeches globally.

  • Joana Ricarte

    Joana Ricarte is an Integrated Researcher at the University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research (UCILeR), Portugal; Invited Assistant Professor of the MA in International al Relations at the University of Beira Interior (UBI); and a researcher at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CCP) of the Research Group in International Relations (NUPRI) of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

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    … She graduated in History from the University of Brasília, Brazil and holds a PhD in International Politics and Conflict Resolution and a MA in International Relations with specialisation in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Coimbra. Her academic background is profoundly interdisciplinary, including research experience in several fields of social sciences and humanities, with emphasis on identity and conflict studies. As a historian and a political scientist, she is interested in understanding how dynamics of identity, power and otherness shape protracted social conflicts in both domestic and international levels and how these are related with the maintenance and perpetuation of conflict through time. She is author of The Impact of Protracted Peace Processes on Identities in Conflict: the case of Israel and Palestine, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan (2022).

  • Awale Robleh

    Awale Robleh is a Program Advisor with the Government of Canada. His focus is the design, implementation, and delivery of community safety programs.

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    Awale was born Djibouti, holds a degree in Law and Legal Studies from Carleton University (BA) and is pursuing an MA in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution at The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Awale has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector designing and implementing public safety initiatives at the local level. His work includes leading a tailored intervention initiative to address hate motivated violence while enhancing community resilience. Within his role, he championed and incorporated an active participation approach to discovering intersectional identities in prevention and intervention work. Awale spent time at Ottawa’s municipal government focusing on community development through equitable delivery of municipal services, projects and programs. Awale is a member of the City of Ottawa Anti-Racism Advisory Table tasked to work with City staff and officials to inform the City of Ottawa in advancing its Anti-Racism Strategy.

  • Tassos Stassopoulos

    Tassos Stassopoulos is the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Trinetra Investment Management, an investment boutique that uses ethnographic research to foster insights into consumer behaviour in Emerging Markets.

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    By combining the insights from consumers’ homes with social anthropology and economics, he aims to understand culture across different demographic and socioeconomic groups, focusing on how shifts in local values are driving changes in consumption patterns. The research covers, amongst others, investment opportunities in inclusive consumption, access to health care and education, female empowerment and entrepreneurialism. Over the past decade his research has taken him to 15 countries, from villages in Mexico and the grasslands of Inner Mongolia to the slums of Mumbai. Prior to founding Trinetra, Tassos managed investment portfolios at AllianceBernstein, having joined from Credit Suisse where he was a Managing Director in equity research. He began his career as a Chartered Accountant and management consultant at Arthur Andersen. He holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • Bruce White

    Bruce White is an anthropologist interested in the development and dissemination of methodologies which apply academic knowledge on identity and culture to real world practice.

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    Bruce is also former professor and former Dean of The Institute for the Liberal Arts, Doshisha University Kyoto, and an honorary research fellow at University College London’s Department of Anthropology. Bruce was brought up in Nigeria, New Orleans, London and Mississippi, and has lived and worked in Japan, Italy, Canada, the UK and Malta. Bruce conceived the basic framework for Intra-Cultural Development (the theory and practice upon which the OICD operates) in 1998 and has led the interdisciplinary development of the approach since the early 2000s. Bruce piloted applications of Intra-Cultural Development across Europe, Japan, Mali, Fiji, Guyana and Canada as means to develop a real world methodology for social transformation (now the EMIC method). Since the OICD’s launch of the EMIC methodology in 2014, Bruce has conducted training courses for peacebuilders, policy-makers, academics, government and NGO representatives, culminating in the founding of the OICD Institute in 2020. As OICD Executive Director, Bruce continues to work on expanding the organization’s programs, membership, partnerships, projects and scope of activities. Bruce has published on the topics of Civic Engagement, Conflict Transformation, Generational Change and Conflict and Identity.

  • Ian Garner

    Dr. Ian Garner is an expert on Russian war propaganda. He studied at the Universities of Bristol & Toronto as well as the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia.

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    He is the author of two books, Stalingrad Lives (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2022) and The Z Generation (Hurst, 2023. As well as appearing on major media outlets, he has written for publications including The Washington Post, Globe & Mail, and Rolling Stone. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario, where he teaches at Queen’s University.

  • Ruth Mandel

    Professor Ruth Mandel is based in the Department of Anthropology at UCL. She has researched migration issues for several decades, primarily among migrants from Turkey in Germany, described in her prize-winning book, Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish challenges to citizenship and belonging in Germany (Duke University Press).

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    She also has carried out research in post-Soviet Central Asia among Germany-bound migrants (both Russian-Germans and Russian Jews), as well as in Georgia among internally displaced populations. Much of her work in Kazakhstan focused on media and development. Her current research addresses issues of Holocaust memory and monuments in Europe.

    She has directed the series of international conferences and arts workshops both in London and Geneva, Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts, where through talks, demonstrations and interactive workshops, arts practitioners and academics who all are engaged in work with refugees shared their work and experiences. A television show was made about this project, which can be watched here.

    She is collaborating with colleagues in Norway, Toronto, and the UK on an initiative, Language, Legacy and Landey, highlighting diasporic Afghan poetry through publication, performance and civic engagement.

Research Affiliates

The OICD has a wide range of interests in fields from conflict studies to traditional ethnography. Affiliates are individuals whose work is closely aligned with the aims and activities of the OICD. These individuals bring a broad set of interdisciplinary perspectives to the OICD, enriching the organization’s work and expanding our areas of expertise. The OICD currently has the following developers:

Research Fellows

Research fellows assist in the development of research projects and support other organisational initiatives in a range of areas.

Emilia Groupp

Joshua Rickard

Aliya Tskhay

Andrea De Antoni

Gwen Burnyeat


OICD staff assist in the development of projects and support other organizational activities and operations across a range of areas.

Chikara Shimasaki - Project Development Officer

An educator, researcher, environmental strategist and change-maker, Chikara Shimasaki is founding director of the Council for Sustainable Education (CSE), and Lead Project Developer at the OICD and Identity Vision.

Chikara is an educator with a passion for providing the world a deep, broad and genuine inner and outer sustainability education. He is co-developer of the OICD’s Identity Literacy program.

Chrispinus Mkado - Project Development Officer

Chris is passionate about development work with a specific focus on Partnerships and Resource Mobilization, Gender, Peace Building, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Planning and Budgeting, and Inclusive Education. He has over 15 years experience of working with the most marginalized communities, Non-Profits, Academic institutions, and governments in Africa and abroad.

Luke Reilly - Project Development Officer

Luke contributes to OICD operations, course development, and research. Luke is also active as a film-maker and storyteller. Luke's recent OICD project work has included contributions to the development and delivery of courses on climate action, strategy development with the Colombian-UK NGO partner Embrace Dialogue, and researching vaccine sceptic identities as part of an OICD research project.

Luke is the screenwriter and co-creator of 'Meat' - the first fictional portrayal of the forced removal of Uganda's Batwa population from their rainforest home. The film was awarded best short at the 2021 Africa Movie Awards.

Luke also wrote the feature film 'Small Gods' which tells of the struggles of Batwa people in modern day Uganda and is is due to finish production April of this year. The film has been funded by Sovereign Films, known for producing Memoria and The Tree of Life. Alongside his film-making, he is building a portfolio of novels and blogs under the pretentious but search engine optimisable pseudonym 'Eubulus Kane'.

Sergio Postarini - Organizational and Project Development Officer

Profile to follow.

Jonathan Atari - Research and Project Development Officer

Profile to follow.


Cormac Auty

Completed Interns

Hannah Gould – Liaison Manager/Anthropology

Cade Bourne – Artistic Affiliate Manager/Anthropology

Nadine Dammaschk – Anthropology/Peace Studies

Tayler Groom – Intern/Modern History & Politics

Jessica Hodder – Artist in Residence

Marius Palz – Anthropology

Riku Jarvelin – Political Science/International Relations

Aliya Tskhay – Political Science/International Relations

Dany Tsuruta - Anthropology

Urvee Kakar - Political Science

Kerry Balkwill - Japanese Studies

QC Gu - Political Science


Katja Holtz - Anthropology

Jasmine Kato-Naughton - Anthropology

Luke Reilly - Anthropology

Pooja George - Intern

Ay Nassimoldina - Anthropology

Lauren Vogler - Anthropology

Eva Hansen - Anthropology

Ammara Yasin - Computer Science

Fergus Fyodor Selsdon Games - History

Darcy Williams - Activism/Social Impact

Hamish Bryson - Social Impact

Jonathan Atari - Anthropology

Amber Knox - Gender Studies & History

Max Sasha Tscheltzoff - Anthropology

Cara June Michel - Development Studies

General Members

The OICD has approximately 300 general members from all over the world. General members are eligible to vote on some issues and receive updates on the organization. Membership is currently free. If you would like the join the organization as a general member and/or contribute in other ways please click here.

Formerly research affiliate, in fond memory:

Eduardo Terren (link to in memoriam homepage)