Hayley Umayam

Hayley Umayam

PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
Areas of expertise
  • Humanitarian action
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
  • Knowledge production
  • Agrarian Environment and Food Systems
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Eastern Africa

PhD Thesis


Title: Seeing Need: Knowledge Production in the Humanitarian System

PhD Supervisor and Co-Supervisor: Anna Leander and Julie Billaud




Hayley Umayam (she/her) joins the Graduate Institute after six years working as a researcher in East Africa, which included applied research and M&E in the humanitarian and development sectors. Hayley is interested in knowledge production and practices in humanitarian contexts and is exploring these questions through food security programs and the UN Security Council Panels of Experts. Hayley holds a Master in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego.