Professor John Hammock

Professor John Hammock

Job title: OPHI Co-Founder, Research Associate, Chair of Board of SOPHIA Oxford
Social media:  @JohnCHammock


John is Co-Founder of OPHI and a Research Associate. He chairs the Board of SOPHIA Oxford, which works with businesses to build multidimensional poverty indices (business MPIs) to identify and measure poverty amongst their employees, their contractors, suppliers and supply chains. Based on this information businesses can develop their own solutions to help their employees get out of poverty. 

He was Associate Professor of Public Policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School (2009–2015) and The Gerald J. And Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (2001–2008). He founded and was director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University (1995–2001). He was Managing Director, Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University (2006–2008). John served as Executive Director at Oxfam America from 1984–1995 and as Executive Director at ACCION International from 1973–1980. 


PhD and MA in International Relations, Tufts University
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and BA in Political Science, Denison University 

Research interests

Ethics and human development; humanitarian aid; community and participatory development; Latin American development; NGO management, and socially responsible enterprise.

Selected publications

Wilson, A., Barham, A., and Hammock, J. (2008). ‘Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid’, Global Equity Initiative, Harvard.

Hammock J. and Perez, G., (2006). ‘Testimonios de familias migrantes salvadoreñas: Pobreza y trabajo’, Cambridge, MA, Centro Presente.

Hammock, J., (2004). ‘An open approach to living with cancer’, Philadelphia: Xlibris Press.

Hammock, J., and Harinarayan, A. (2001). ‘Debt relief: giving poor countries a second chance,’ in (Douglas I. T. and Pui-Lan K. eds.), Beyond post-colonial Anglicanism. New York: Church Publishing, Inc.

Hammock J., and Natsios A., (1999). ‘Introduction to famine’, in (Cuny, F. and Hill R. B. eds.), Famine, conflict and response: a basic guide, West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press.

Hammock J. and Charny J. R., (1996). ‘Emergency response as morality play: the media, the relief agencies, and the need for capacity building,’ in (Rotberg, R. I. and Weiss, T. G. eds.), From massacres to genocide: the media, public policy, and humanitarian crises. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution. Cambridge, MA: The World Peace Foundation.

Hammock J. (1998). ‘Youth and Adolescents in Complex Emergency: A UNHCR Workshop Proceedings’, The Famine Center.

Hammock J. (1997). ‘Coping with Crisis, Coping with Aid: Capacity Building, Coping Mechanisms and Dependency’, The Famine Center.

Hammock J. (1996). ‘Landmines: An Overview’, The Famine Center.

Hammock, J., and Ashe, J., (1970). Hablan Líderes Campesinos del Ecuador, Gráfica Murillo.