Bill Flinn

Bill Flinn

Role: Senior Shelter Advisor

Team: Humanitarian team


I am a former builder, with a particular focus on green construction techniques, and an architect with over 10 years experience working as a humanitarian shelter practitioner for a number of INGOs. I also teach the Shelter after Disaster module of the Development and Emergency Practice masters at CENDEP, Oxford Brookes.

My working life has been divided between design and build in the UK and development and humanitarian work in three continents. I worked in Central America and Mexico in appropriate technology and human rights for nine years, before returning to the UK to specialise in shelter after disaster. In recent years I've worked in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cuba, Western Sahara, Philippines, Nepal, Haiti, Vanuatu among other countries. My particular area of interest is the promotion of support to self-recovery after disasters and I am currently managing the Promoting Safer Building project, a collaboration with ODI, UCL and the British Geological Survey.


Blog posts

This is written five months after cyclone Pam caused so much devastation in the small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. There has been time enough to reach a consensus on the most appropriate strategic approach to shelter recovery; but not yet