Juliano Fiori

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(writer, academic, rugby player)
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Born27 June 1985
Hammersmith, London
Alma materUniversity of Bristol, Birkbeck College, University of London, University of Cambridge

Juliano Fiori is a writer, Visiting Researcher at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro since October 2016 and Honorary Research Fellow at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester since November 2015.[1]

Previously, Juliano Fiori was Head of Humanitarian Affairs at Save the Children UK for five years, leading a team dedicated to critical reflection for strategic purposes. In 2016, together with colleagues in the Humanitarian Affairs team, he published a book entitled "Echo Chamber: Results, Management, and the Humanitarian Effectiveness Agenda", which was the result of a two-year research project that critically reflects on humanitarian effectiveness. His primary areas of interest focus on solidarity and the politics of aid, and humanitarian governance.[2]


Juliano Fiori's father Jorge emigrated from Brazil due to political upheaval in the country in the 1960s, and then from Chile in the 1970s, which led to the family settling in England in the mid-1970s. Juliano was born in Hammersmith and raised in Ealing in London.

Rugby player

Julian Fiori began playing rugby aged six, with some encouragement from an unlikely source - former Labour Party leader Lord Kinnock, who had links to London Welsh and was a neighbour of the Fiori family in Ealing.

"His son and daughter used to babysit me and my sister," explained Fiori. "Neil said to my dad 'He's quite big. Get him down to the club.'"

Fiori played at London Welsh from under-7 level and, after representing his school, joined Richmond aged 18 as a flanker or number eight.

He played rugby at university at Bristol and then represented Cambridge University in the 2007 Varsity match.

Julian Fiori went on to become a rugby sevens player and represented Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3]

Academic interview

Decolonisation and humanitarian response

In May 2020, Professor Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL) interviewed Juliano Fiori on the subject of Migration, Humanitarianism, and the Politics of Knowledge. Fiori discusses the ideological and epistemological bases of responses to migration, why he considers it important to explore the ‘Western’ character of humanitarianism, the “localisation of aid” agenda, and the political implications of new populisms of the Right.[4]

In a February 2021 video, Juliano Fiori discussed Decolonisation and Humanitarianism with Professor Patricia Daley (Oxford University) and Professor Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL), as part of the HCRI annual Careers in Humanitarianism Day.

Amidst the Debris

Juliano Fiori was co-editor of the book "Amidst the Debris: Humanitarianism and the End of Liberal Order", published 15 September 2021.

For many liberal commentators at the turn of the 1990s, the collapse of the Soviet Union represented a final victory for Western reason and capitalist democracy. But, in recent years, liberal norms and institutions associated with the post-Cold War moment have been challenged by a visceral and affective politics. Electorates have increasingly opted for a closing inwards of the nation-state, not just in the democratic heartlands of Europe and North America, but also on the periphery of the world economy. As the popular appeal of the ‘open society’ is thrown into question, it is necessary to revisit assumptions about the permanence of its enabling political and ethical projects. Previously promoted by the US and its allies as a necessary complement to liberal capitalist culture and the globalisation of markets, humanitarian multilateralism seems to have lost strategic currency. In this collection of essays, public intellectuals, scholars, journalists and aid workers reflect on the relationship between humanitarianism and ‘liberal order’. What role has humanitarianism played in processes of liberal ordering? Amidst challenges to liberal order, what are the implications for the political economy of humanitarianism, and for the practices of humanitarian agencies?[5]