Darryl Stellmach

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Darryl Stellmach

Lecturer in Emergency Management

Room 213 , Field Building

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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 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

  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)
  • Communication studies (470101)
  • Humanitarian disasters, conflict and peacebuilding (440402)
  • Medical anthropology (440106)
  • Disaster and emergency management (350703)

Research Objectives

  • Health protection and disaster response (200406)
  • Defence and security policy (230301)


Total publications


Journal Article

(4 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 - 15Web of Science - 17


2018Stellmach D, Beshar I, Bedford J, du Cros P, Stringer B, 'Anthropology in public health emergencies: what is anthropology good for?', BMJ Glob Health pp. 1-7. ISSN 2633-3767 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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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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