D. (David) Paulus


David is a PhD researcher analyzing data for decisions in humanitarian networks. He worked for the United Nations on ICT-supported institutional development and capacity building projects on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Information Systems. During his studies he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute on Human Factors and Technology Management as well as the German Agency for International Cooperation.


Within the HumTech Lab, David developed a software tool that eases the analysis of household capacities and risk levels of an urban poor community in the central Philippines. The tool integrates survey data with data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). Close collaboration with partners in the Philippines ensured the value of the tool for key stakeholders, including the local community, international NGOs, civil-society organizations and government agencies.

  • Paulus, D., Meesters, K., & Van de Walle, B. (2018). Turning data into action: supporting humanitarian field workers with open data. In Proceedings of the 15th ISCRAM Conference (Vol. 15, pp. 1030-1040), K. Boersma, & B. Tomaszewski (Eds.). Rochester, NY, USA.
  • Intercultural Relations and Project Management (EPA1433)

David Paulus

PhD candidate

Multi-Actor Systems

Organisation & Governance

Research interests:
Information systems
Humanitarian policies
Decisions in crises
Data rights & ethics

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