Our Experts and Advisory Board

COVIFORM is supported by an external Expert & Advisory Board (EAB), which delivers valuable inputs at different stages of the project. Through this board, COVINFORM is building strong connections to the broader research landscape. The experts’ input and advice are considered at all stages of the COVINFORM project.

COVINFORM is delighted to introduce the experts who represent a broad variety of ecosystem actors.

Ellen Van Vooren

Coordinator of the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi)
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Ellen Van Vooren is the coordinator of the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi). KeKi aims to gather, make available, disseminate and stimulate knowledge about children’s rights. She has expertise in the operationalisation of children’s rights in different social practices. She is also responsible for the guidance of professionals on children’s rights through self-reflection and co-creation. She works on participation, children’s rights education, diversity and inclusion, well-being and health, and has practical experience on vulnerability, via previous work in the mental health sector and in asylum and migration. She was also part of the research team of the online survey #youthaboutcorona in Flanders.

The Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi), together with the  Flemish Child Rights Coalition and The Flemish Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner, conducted a large-scale survey (# youthaboutcorona) among children and young people in Flanders regarding their experiences with the corona-crisis. Children and young people responded massively. More than 44.0000 children and young people completed the online survey: 17.000 children under the age of 12 and 27.000 plus 12 year olds. The findings reflect how children and young people experience the crisis, the approach that was taken to tackle it and what they want. The questions concerned home, schoolwork, contact with friends, how they feel, what they are worried about and what helps in coronation times. https://www.keki.be/en/children-and-covid19

Henrik Olinder

Senior Expert Crisis Communication and Editor Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
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Since 1998 he implements Crisis Communication training for communication officers at local and national levels of government. It includes advising government agencies in crisis. He is responsible for editing research reports, methodology and funding of research. Member of the Editor board at the Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research (JICRCR). He is a former member of the board for the Swedish Association of Communication Professionals. He is Co-author to a book about Rhetorical Images in Journalism.

Jane Farmer

Director, Social Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
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Jane has conducted research in rural health, health workforce and technology, community development, social enterprise and NGO data analytics, including in Europe, Australia and North America. Addressing disadvantage and social and health inequity is central to her research activity.

Jane’s current projects include an Australia Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project ‘Optimising the roles of online communities in rural resilience’. Jane led an EU project O4O: Older People for Older People about social enterprises to provide basic rural services (2008-10) prior to moving to Australia. She has undertaken research, evaluation and consultancy for governments internationally.

Maureen Fordham

Centre for Gender and Disaster, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London (UCL)
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Maureen Fordham BSc PhD is Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience. She has been researching disasters since 1988 and is an expert on community-based disaster risk reduction, vulnerability analysis and participatory methods, focusing particularly on the inclusion of a range of marginalised social groups in disaster risk reduction. She was a founding member of the Gender and Disaster Network in 1997 and is the Coordinator of its website (www.gdnonline.org) and activities. She is a governmental advisor at all scales from local through national to the global UN level. She was closely involved in negotiations which led to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

She has edited, and is on the editorial boards of, international disaster-related journals. She is affiliated primarily with University College London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction but is also Emerita Professor at Northumbria University in the UK. She is currently leading the flagship ESRC-funded project, GRRIPP: Gender Responsive Resilience and Intersectionality in Policy and Practice (GRRIPP) – Networking Plus Partnering for Resilience. A UKRI Collective Fund award that is located across three world regions (Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, and South Asia).

Stephen Drinkwater

University of Roehampton, London
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Stephen Drinkwater is Professor of Economics at the Business School at the University of Roehampton, London. Stephen’s main research interests lie in applied economics, particularly in relation to the labour market as well as on regional issues. His research has primarily focused on labour market discrimination, self-employment, industrial relations, international and interregional migration and voting behaviour.

Uwe Kippnich

Coordinator Security Research at the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK)
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Uwe Kippnich is the Coordinator Security Research at the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) Headquarter. He is a high-level trained expert for the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.  He is in charge of BRK research activities and is involved in several research projects of the European Union. As a professional parademic and male nurse he combines expertise from the field with research experience. He was involved in some national and international missions. He is involved in the Covid-19 Crisis management . He is board member by Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) and chair of the user committee.

The Bavarian Red Cross (DE-BRK) is a regional branch of the German Red Cross (GRC) and part of a worldwide movement assisting victims of conflict and disaster and people affected by social or health related crisis. The fundamental principles of the Red Cross Movement are Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. The Bavarian Red Cross is integrated into the German Civil Protection System and partner within different national and international research projects.

The Bavarian Red Cross (DE-BRK) is the largest charity and disaster relief organisation in Bavaria. In the field of ambulance services the (DE-BRK) provides about 80% of the services with more than 4.300 professional paramedics, 8 integrated command centres (emergency call number 112), 2 rescue helicopters and 320 Rescue Station. Furthermore, the BRC is active in several areas of essential welfare services. About 120.000 volunteers from all sectors of services, such as the Mountain Rescue, Water Rescue and the Youth Red Cross provide about 4 million hours of service a year. In addition, the Bavarian Red Cross is involved in the crisis management in the COVID-19 situation. The Bavarian Red Cross Headquarters in Munich coordinates the requests and shares the relevant Information between all NGO and GO`s. The (DE-BRK) is also involved in national and international (FP7 and H2020) research projects. In international webmeetings the (DE-BRK) is providing information about the current situation in Germany and is working on solutions for the crisis together with the networks (e.g. EU funded projet NO FEAR)Short