Dan Sparks

Project Manager

Start date with DI: January/2010

Where I am based: Bristol, UK

What I do: My role in Development Initiatives is to provide quantitative and analytical research support to the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) programme. Over the last two and half years I have been leading the GHA’s programme work on disaster risk reduction (DRR). This includes producing analysis and reports, as well as, developing a methodology for tracking DRR funding in international aid data. I also manage GHA’s online country profiles and the programmes help desk service. My other research interests include climate change, resilience and livelihoods.

Previous experience: I started working for the GHA team as an intern after completing a Masters in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods from the University of Reading in October 2009. Prior to studying for my Masters I worked in the donor services and marketing departments of the agriculture development charity Send a Cow. Through my studies and work I have conducted qualitative research in Uganda, Lesotho and Montserrat.

Likes: When the England cricket team win the Ashes, Shaun Goater and Duran Duran

Dislikes: When people tell quiet people ‘you have come out of your shell’. Quiet people are not hermit crabs.