Patrick Vinck
Secondary Faculty

Patrick Vinck

Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population

Global Health and Population

Other Positions

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine-Brigham and Women's Hospital

Harvard Medical School


Dr. Vinck, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health and in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School. He is also the Research Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He leads a team conducting research on resilience, peacebuilding, and social cohesion in contexts of mass violence, conflicts and natural disasters, with support from the Mac Arthur Foundation, UNDP and UNICEF among others. This research has lead him to examine the role of technology and ethics of data in the field. He is the co-founder and director of KoBoToolbox a digital data collection platform, and the Data-Pop Alliance, a Big Data partnership with MIT and ODI. Dr. Vinck served on the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) form 2010 to 2017. He serves as a regular advisor and evaluation consultant to the United Nations and other agencies. He graduated as an engineer in applied biological sciences from Gembloux Agricultural University (Belgium), and holds a Ph.D. in International Development from Tulane University.


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