Julia Steets


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Julia Steets is director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. Her research and consulting work focuses on international development, humanitarian assistance, public-private partnerships, as well as monitoring and evaluation. She currently represents GPPi in the INSPIRE Consortium, which supports Policy Development for the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid Department (DG ECHO). Julia also serves as a member of the board of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) and as a member of the editorial board of Routledge’s newly established humanitarian studies series.

Other GPPi projects that Julia was responsible for include, among others, the Evaluation of OCHA’s Regional Office in Western and Central Africa; the Evaluation and Review of Humanitarian Access Strategies in DG ECHO – funded Interventions; the Uniting on Food Assistance project; the Real-Time Evaluation of UNICEF’s Response in Northern Yemen; the Evaluation of the Cluster Approach; Raising the Bar project, the UN-Business Partnerships report; the World Bank’s Country Policy and Institutional Assessment study and the development of the UNICEF Global Strategy project for collaborative relationships and partnerships.

Prior to joining GPPi as a project manager in 2004, Julia was a program manager at the Körber Foundation’s Bergedorf Round Table in Berlin, a consultant with Transparency International’s London office, and an election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Some of Julia’s publications include Uniting on Food Assistance: The Case for Transatlantic Policy Convergence (Routledge, 2012), Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Humanitarian Assistance: Improving US-European Cooperation (edited with Daniel Hamilton; Berlin, 2009), Partnerships for Sustainable Development: On the Road to Implementation (Berlin, 2006), Waltz, Jazz or Samba? The Contribution of Locally Driven Partnerships to Sustainable Development (Berlin, 2005) and Palästina (co-authored with Dietmar Herz; Munich, 2001 and 2004). Julia has taught at the universities of Bonn and Greifswald, and at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Julia holds a PhD in social science from the University of Erfurt. She also holds a master’s degree in history of international relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a master of public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was a McCloy Scholar. She received fellowships from the German National Academic Foundation and the LSE’s McKenzie Prize for Outstanding Performance.

Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Russian

Areas of Expertise

Humanitarian Action
Public-Private Partnerships


Most Recent Publications by Julia Steets