Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation

Our PhD students

Alexander Hasenstab

  • Qualifications: DSyRM, MSc, BSc (Hons)
  • Role Title: PhD researcher
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE Contact: c/o IFRC Africa regional office, Woodlands Road, Nairobi, Kenya;
  • Telephone: tbc
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  • Department: Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


Nationality: German    Supervisors: (1st) Dr Tom Smith, (2nd) Dr Angela Crack, (3rd) Prof Andy Thorpe

Since February 2018, I have been a part-time PhD researcher at the University of Portsmouth Business School’s Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation (SEI) Subject Group. My PhD research focuses on pre-deployment security trainings (PDST) in the aid industry. I intend to explore the issues surrounding PDST’s, including the function and value of PDST’s to aid workers as well as employers.

This research is in line with my general research interest, security risk management in the humanitarian aid and development sector. In previous research I explored reflective practice in security risk management (DSyRM thesis).

I am in full-time employment with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Organisations, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, as its Regional Security Coordinator in Africa. My main role here is to provide strategic and operation security risk management advice and support to enable Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian operations and to safeguard personnel and assets across 49 countries in Africa. My office is located in Kenya.

Prior to my current PhD studies, I have successfully completed studies towards a Doctor of Security Risk Management (DSyRM) and a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Risk and Security Management at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (IJCS) at the University of Portsmouth, and a Master of Science in Security Risk Management at the University of Leicester. Many years prior to that, I graduated from the German Federal Border Police’s staff training centre in former Command South, Munich.