Patrick Vinck

Research Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Assistant Professor, Global Health and Population, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health; Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Lead Investigator, Brigham & Women's Hospital


Patrick Vinck, Ph.D. is the Research Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.  He is assistant professor at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and lead investigator at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. His current research examines resilience, peacebuilding, and social cohesion in contexts of mass violence, conflicts and natural disasters. His research has lead him to examine the ethics of data and technology in the field. He is the co-founder and director of KoBoToolbox a data collection service, and the Data-Pop Alliance, a Big Data partnership with MIT and ODI. Patrick Vinck is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development; and a regular advisor and evaluation consultant to the United Nations and other agencies. His work is informed by several years in the field and research on the multiple dimensions of food security. He has been published in journals covering a wide range of disciplines, including political science, social science, public health and medicine. He graduated as an engineer in applied biological sciences from Gembloux Agricultural University (Belgium), and holds a Ph.D. in International Development from Tulane University.