Desire Mpanje is a PhD candidate at the University College Dublin. Prior to joining UCD, he worked as an Assistant Desk Officer-NOHA Intern (Operations) in operational Unit B5 of the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG-ECHO), European Commission. He also worked as the Research Intern at the Centre for Humanitarian Action. He also worked as the Project Officer for an Irish Aid funded Programme in Malawi.
He holds Master of Science degree in Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin; Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Malawi and a Diploma in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management from Natural Resources College of Malawi. His research interests include social capital, resilience measurement, urban vulnerability, urban poverty, and sustainable livelihoods. He is a recipient of Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs fellowship.