Darryl Stellmach

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Darryl Stellmach

Lecturer in Emergency Management

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Darryl Stellmach is a Lecturer in Emergency Management at the School of Social Sciences, in the College of Arts, Law and Education.


Trained as a medical anthropologist, Darryl studies how complex institutions respond to large-scale human crisis. Prior to academia he spent 20 years in the humanitarian sector, most of that time with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as a field coordinator and later research advisor. After completing his doctorate at the University of Oxford, he took up a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Sydney. He has been with UTas since February 2022.

Career summary


Degree Thesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
DPhil Coordination in Crisis: The Practice of Medical Humanitarian Emergency University of Oxford UK 2016
MSc  (w. distinction)   University of Oxford UK 2009
BA (w. distinction)   University of Calgary Canada 1998
BA   University of Calgary Canada 1997

Languages (other than English)

French, Spanish


Professional practice

  • Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Research Affiliate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
  • Clinical Lecturer, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Administrative expertise

As a former humanitarian field manager, Darryl has extensive experience in project, personnel, budget and security management in complex emergencies, having managed staffs of up to 500 people and budgets of up to EUR13 million.


Teaching expertise

Darryl is Unit Coordinator for HSP 101: Introduction to Emergency Management; HSP 102: Emergency Management Policy and Governance; HSP235: The Emergency Management Cycle; PEM 320: Decision-making in Emergency Management.

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A specialist in understanding institutional responses to crisis, Darryl studies disasters and complex emergencies as social phenomena. Specifically, he is interested in the epistemology of disaster: how emergency is made known and addressed through social, political, medical and technological processes.

As an ethnographer of complex emergency, Darryl has a particular interest in the ethics and methods of qualitative field research in high-risk environments; he is willing to provide perspectives on study design for difficult settings.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Fieldwork ethics and qualitative methods
  • Complex Emergencies
  • Humanitarian Action
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Nutritional Anthropology
  • Science and Technology Studies

Fields of Research

  • Humanitarian disasters, conflict and peacebuilding (440402)
  • Disaster and emergency management (350703)
  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)
  • Communication studies (470101)
  • Medical anthropology (440106)
  • Public health nutrition (321005)
  • Fisheries management (300505)
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation (410199)
  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Communications and media policy (440701)

Research Objectives

  • Health protection and disaster response (200406)
  • Defence and security policy (230301)
  • Peace and conflict (230305)
  • Nutrition (200410)
  • Hydrological hazards (e.g. avalanches and floods) (190404)
  • Public services policy advice and analysis (230204)
  • Fisheries - wild caught (100399)
  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Adaptation to climate change (190199)
  • Communication technologies, systems and services (220199)


Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2022Bardosh KL, de Vries DH, Abramowitz S, Thorlie A, Cremers L, et al., 'Integrating the social sciences in epidemic preparedness and response: a strategic framework to strengthen capacities and improve Global Health security', Global Health, 16, (120) pp. 1-18. ISSN 1937-514X (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12992-020-00652-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 20


2021Thow AM, Apprey C, Winters J, Stellmach D, Alders R, et al., 'Understanding the impact of historical policy legacies on nutrition policy space: economic policy agendas and current food policy paradigms in Ghana', International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 10, (12) pp. 909-922. ISSN 2322-5939 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.34172/IJHPM.2020.203 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 7


2018Stellmach D, Beshar I, Bedford J, du Cros P, Stringer B, 'Anthropology in public health emergencies: what is anthropology good for?', BMJ Global Health, 3, (2) Article 000534. ISSN 2633-3767 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000534 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 42Web of Science - 34


2016Stellmach D, Beshar I, 'Introduction: special issue on the ethics of anthropology in emergencies', Journal of Anthropological Society of Oxford pp. 1-15. ISSN 0044-8370 (2016) [Non Refereed Article]

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2014Stellmach D, 'Cottage industrial pollution', Discard Studies pp. 1-3. ISSN 2261-7698 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
2020Stellmach D, 'Emergency in practice: doing an ethnography of malnutrition in South Sudan', Medecins Sans Frontieres and Humanitarian Situations, Routledge, JF Veran, D Burtscher and B Stringer (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 77-92. ISBN 9780367417956 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9780367817244-5 [eCite] [Details]


2020Stringer B, Teernstra R, Stellmach D, Venables E, 'Ethical Considerations and Anthropology: the MSF Experience', Medecins Sans Frontieres and Humanitarian Situations, Routledge, J-F Veran, D Burtscher, and B Stringer (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 61-76. ISBN 9780367817244 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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(1 outputs)
2021Stellmach D, 'Review: 'War and Genocide in South Sudan' by Clemence Pinaud', International Affairs, 97, (6) pp. 2012-2014. ISSN 1473-8104 (2021) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1093/ia/iiab191 [eCite] [Details]


Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
2022Mann A, Killingsworth M, McCormack T, Stellmach D, 'War crimes in the age of social media', Cradle Coast Campus, UTAS, Burnie, pp. 2 (2022) [Broadcast]

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Co-authors: Mann A; Killingsworth M; McCormack T

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Post Flood 2022/23: A Collaborative and coordinated flood research program across multiple jurisdictions (2023)$73,000
This project seeks to learn firsthand from people who were impacted by the 2022 floods in northern Tasmania and apply their lessons to future flood preparedness. The research is funded by Natural Hazards Research Australia, supported by the TAS SES. It is an extension of the Community experiences of the 2022 eastern Australia floods project summarized here: The important first-hand experiences gathered for this research will provide an in-depth understanding of the communities lived experiences before, during and following the significant flood events in 2022. This data will be a valuable source of accurate information to help agencies and stakeholders understand and learn from these floods. Results will be made publicly available in mid-2023 and will help influence future policy about warnings and communication, understand vulnerabilities, identify ways to better help and support households and communities, and provide guidance on the most effective approaches to the adaptation of housing to withstand floods.
Natural Hazards Research Australia ($73,000)
Administered By
Macquarie University
Research Team
Stellmach D; Taylor M; Narwal H