Brigitte Piquard is Reader in Humanitarianism and Conflict at Oxford Brookes University. She is also the director of the CERAR (Centre d’etudes et de recherches-action sur la resilience) in Paris. She is an anthropologist and a political scientist by training. She has been previously directing some Master degrees in international humanitarian action at the University of Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne in France or at the University of Louvain in Belgium. She has been involved in curriculum development in Humanitarianism in Europe and in the Middle East. She has been also a Brookes Teaching Fellow in order to develop new forms of intercultural pedagogy.
Most of her research has been carried out in South and South-East Asia, in the Balkans, South Caucasus and in the Middle-East on Conflict and humanitarian issues such as culture of peace and war, symbolic violence and resilience enhancement or social rehabilitation of war-torn societies. She is currently working in the West Bank and in Colombia on the creation of an observatory of Symbolic Violence.