Julia Steets



Julia Steets is director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. Her research and consulting work focuses on international development, humanitarian assistance, public-private partnerships, as well as monitoring and evaluation. She currently represents GPPi in the INSPIRE Consortium, which supports Policy Development for the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid Department (DG ECHO). Julia also serves as a member of the board of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) and as a member of the editorial board of Routledge’s newly established humanitarian studies series.

Other GPPi projects that Julia was responsible for include, among others, the Evaluation of OCHA’s Regional Office in Western and Central Africa; the Evaluation and Review of Humanitarian Access Strategies in DG ECHO–funded Interventions; the Uniting on Food Assistance project; the Real-Time Evaluation of UNICEF’s Response in Northern Yemen; the Evaluation of the Cluster Approach; Raising the Bar project, the UN-Business Partnerships report; the World Bank’s Country Policy and Institutional Assessment study and the development of the UNICEF Global Strategy project for collaborative relationships and partnerships.

Prior to joining GPPi as a project manager in 2004, Julia was a program manager at the Körber Foundation’s Bergedorf Round Table in Berlin, a consultant with Transparency International’s London office, and an election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Some of Julia’s publications include Uniting on Food Assistance: The Case for Transatlantic Policy Convergence (Routledge, 2012), Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Humanitarian Assistance: Improving US-European Cooperation (edited with Daniel Hamilton; Berlin, 2009), Partnerships for Sustainable Development: On the Road to Implementation (Berlin, 2006), Waltz, Jazz or Samba? The Contribution of Locally Driven Partnerships to Sustainable Development (Berlin, 2005) and Palästina (co-authored with Dietmar Herz; Munich, 2001 and 2004). Julia has taught at the universities of Bonn and Greifswald, and at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Julia holds a PhD in social science from the University of Erfurt. She also holds a masters degree in history of international relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a master of public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was a McCloy Scholar. She received fellowships from the German National Academic Foundation and the LSE’s McKenzie Prize for Outstanding Performance.

Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Russian

Recent Publications

Report 04 July 2018

Evaluation of WFP Policies on Humanitarian Principles and Access in Humanitarian Contexts

by Julia Steets, Alexander Gaus, Claudia Meier, Janika Spannagel, Mark Bui, Adele Harmer, Abby Stoddard
World Food Programme

Report 19 June 2017

Independent Grand Bargain Report

by Julia Steets, András Derzsi-Horváth, Lotte Ruppert

Policy Paper 16 June 2017

Cash Coordination in Humanitarian Contexts

by Julia Steets, Lotte Ruppert

Report 09 November 2016

Technologies for Monitoring in Insecure Environments

by Rahel Dette, Julia Steets, Elias Sagmeister

Report 09 November 2016

The Use of Third-Party Monitoring in Insecure Contexts

by Elias Sagmeister, Julia Steets

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