Peter Walker, Ph.D.

Peter Walker
Dean and Professor, Falk School of Sustainability
Eden Hall Campus - Lodge

Hometown:  Kendal, U.K.
Joined Chatham:  2014


Sustainability, Disaster resilience, International Development


Cross country running


Dr. Walker was appointed Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham in the summer of 2014. Prior to coming to Chatham, Dr. Walker spent twelve years as the Director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University in Boston. In 2007, Dr. Walker was made Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security, and in April 2014 was named Associate Provost at Tufts University.

Before Tufts, Dr. Walker was with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva in 1990 where he was Director of Disaster Policy for 10 years before moving to Bangkok as Head of the Federation’s regional programs for Southeast Asia. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and has published widely on subjects as diverse as the development of indigenous knowledge and famine early warning systems, to the role of military forces in disaster relief. He was the founder and manager of the World Disasters Report and played a key role in initiating and developing both the Code of Conduct for disaster workers and the Sphere humanitarian standards.

His recent book, written with Feinstein Center Faculty member Dr. Dan Maxwell, Shaping the Humanitarian World, provides a robust history of humanitarianism linked to an inquiry into its future as a global venture. At the Feinstein International Center at Tufts, Walker is actively involved in research examining the future global drivers of humanitarian crises, the effectiveness of international humanitarian systems and the creation of international professional accreditation systems.

Dr. Walker held an advisory role as a Senior Research Fellow with UK aid administration, DFID, and sits on the board of a number of NGOs and academic journals. He is a dual USA/UK citizen, was brought up in Northern Ireland and has lived with his family in Europe, Africa and Asia before coming to the USA.

  • Ph.D., Soil Science, Sheffield University, UK
  • OCHA Data and Analysis Project, Independent Advisory Board
  • American Red Cross Disaster Risk Reduction Advisory Group
  • President and Founding Member International Humanitarian Studies Association
  • Board, Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action
  • Advisory Board, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • Advisory Board, La Roche College's Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Program
  • British Red Cross Research Advisory Board
  • Advisory Board of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
  • Walker, P., and D. Maxwell. Shaping the Humanitarian Word. Routledge Publications, 2008
  • Walker, P., and J. Walters (eds.). World Disasters Report 2000. Geneva, IFRC, 2000