Christopher Talbot

From 1993-2002, Chris Talbot worked for UNHCR. From 2000-2002, he was UNHCR’s Senior Education Officer, responsible for technical support and policy advice on the education of refugees worldwide. Between 2002 and 2008 he worked at UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, where he was responsible for a programme of research, publications, training and advocacy on Education in Conflict, Emergencies, Reconstruction and Fragile States.

Chris commissioned and edited case studies on these themes and developed IIEP’s Guidebook for Planning Education in Emergencies and Reconstruction. In 2008-09, he established and led the UNESCO Section for Education in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Situations. In 2010, Chris was CEO of Education Above All (EAA), a Qatar-based policy research and advocacy organization, which aims to protect education in areas affected by conflicts and war.

Since early 2011, Chris has been a consultant in education in emergencies, working for agencies such as UNICEF, UNHCR, the CfBT Education Trust, the Open Society Foundations, the Danish Refugee Council, NORRAG, GIZ, INEE, the International Rescue Committee, Search for Common Ground and the Overseas Development Institute.

Chris was also a co-founder of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and of the Global Coalition for Protecting Education from Attack (GCPEA), and was active in their leadership.

Research interests: Disaster, Emergencies, Reconstruction, Fragile States