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Pamela DeLargy

Professor of Practice
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2501
Senior Global Futures Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2501

Pam DeLargy is a public health and population specialist who is rejoining academia after a twenty year career in international development and humanitarian response where she worked in the areas of population and development, migration, gender and development (including reproductive health).

As the head of UNFPA's humanitarian programs,she worked to bring attention to the needs of women and adolescents in emergency situations by leading a number of United Nations efforts to expand and improve basic standards for humanitarian programming and she was among the first within the international humanitarian community to work toward understanding and responding to HIV and conflict and sexual violence in conflicts. She also served for a number of years in Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia and is a specialist on the Horn of Africa, where she also did her earlier dissertation research, 

Prior to joiing ASU,  she was Senior Advisor to the U.N. Special Representative for Migration (London) and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Global Affairs of the Londons School of Economics. Her recent research and writing is on the cross- Mediterranean migration crisis. 

Ms. DeLargy works closely with ASU's Education for Humanity initiative, which seeks to bring access to higher education to camp-based and urban refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Uganda, and Ethiopia. 




B.A. Political Science, University of Georgia

        International Relations, University of Oslo

M.A. Political Science (International Relations and African Studies), University of georgia

M.P.H. Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina

Ph.D. studies, International Relations, University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill 

Research Interests: 

Horn of Africa, global health (especially health of women and adolescents), conflict and health, migration, refugee movements, migration policy, women and war, population and the environment


Most recent:

"The drowning of SPHERE in the Mediterranean: What has happened to humanitarian standards in Fortress Europe?" In Anderson and deSilva, eds. Routledge Companion on Media and Humanitarian Action. New York: Routledge. 2017

"Europe's humanitarian response to refugee and migrant flows: volunteerism thrives as the international system falls short" Humanitarian Exchange No 67 London: Overseas Development Institute. September 2016

Deadly Journeys and Disappointing Arrivals - The role of Africa in Europe's Migration Crisis. LSE and Africa blog series. 2016

"Sexual Violence and Women's Health in War" in C.Cohn, ed. Women and War. London:Polity Press. 2012

"Considering HIV within Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) Programmes." Forced Migration Review Special issue on HIV and Security.  2010

"Sexual Violence and the transmission of HIV/AIDS" with J Klot in Forced Migration Review Special Issue on Sexual Violence and Conflict 2007

"Thinking Ahead about Reproductive Health: Contingency Planning for the West African and Iraq Crises" Disasters Vol 32, 2005.


Research Activity: 

Current research projects

Dynamics of African migration and asylum seeking in the Mediterranean region

The role of volunteers in the European migration "crisis"

Mortality among Eritrean asylum seekers



"Volunteer humanitarianism in Europe; politics and social care." International Humanitarian Studies Association, The Hague


"Humanitarianism in Europe" Africa e mediterraneo Summer School, Bologna

"Europe's Response to Mediterranean Migration" Tubingen University, Summer School Symposium on Forced Migration

"European migration responses and international humanitarian law" Munich Security Seminar

"The abandonment of humanitarian standards in Europe" and "African migration to Europe: trends, dynamics and responses" World Humanitarian Studies Conference, Addis Ababa


"Is current migration to Europe really a crisis?" Africa e mediterraneo Bologna Symposium


"Irregular MIgration and Human Rightsin the Horn of Africa" University of Oslo, Sociology Symposium 

"The Impact of Migration on Children Health in Europe" Symposium on MIgration and Development, United Nations, NY 


"Delivering health services during siege; A personal report on the Gaza crisis" Social Science Research Council Seminar


Guest editor, Special Issue on HIV and Security, Forced Migration Review 2010

Guest editor, Special Issue on Sexual Violence and Conflict, Forced Migration Review 2007

Professional Associations: 

International Studies Association, American Public Health Association, African Studies Association, Eritrean Studies Association

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

While at the UN, I developed extended globalinternship programs for MPH and MSW students from Columbia University and oversaw the programs 

Work History: 

1989-1993    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  -  Research Associate, Carolina Population Center

1993-95        USAID Eritrea - Manager of  Health, Economic, and Governance portfolios

1995-2015    UNFPA  in various country offices and as head of emergency response in HQ

2015-2017    UN - Office of the Special Representative for Migration  London and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics


Various consulting services on design and assessment of conflict and health programs, migration policy, and refugee health and education


Advisory Board of Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics 2014-2018

Advisory Board, Conflict Research Programme, Understanding Violence and Political Markets in Africa and the Middle East 

Senior Advisor, International Centre for Migration, Health and Development, Geneva 2016-

Advisory Board, Institute for Strategic Security, Malta   2015-




Industry Positions: 

Twenty years with the UN system, primarily with UNFPA, serving in Eritrea, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Timor Leste and as director of humanitarian operations globally. Also served in the office of the Secretary General's Special Representative for Migration.

Previously worked with USAID on population and development programs in Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria and in the USAID field mission in Eritrea

Pro Bono: 

Provision of expert testimony on human rights in the Horn of Africa for Eritrean, Ethiopian, and Sudanese asylum cases in the US and UK and for the Human Rights Council, Geneva