Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Accept

Edmund Cairns

Ed Cairns

Areas of work

Current projects

Senior Policy Adviser, Research


Office Location: Oxford, UK

Edmund currently leads on Oxfam GB's humanitarian advocacy research, and has been involved in Oxfam's advocacy on most of the biggest humanitarian crises since the early 1990s.

He has worked as Oxfam's Head of the Humanitarian and Security Issues Team from 2000 to 2005, Emergencies Manager in the Humanitarian Department, and Oxfam's first Programme Officer in Moscow in 1992, amongst other roles.

His key publications include A Safer Future (1997) and For a Safer Tomorrow (2008) as well as numerous Oxfam briefing papers on humanitarian, peace and security issues, including Oxfam's Genocide in Rwanda paper in April 1994, one of the first condemnations of the genocide and calls for international action to halt it.

Related multimedia

To view articles in the multimedia section, the adobe flash plugin is required. Please download the latest version of flash player here.

Ed Cairns's blog posts