The International Humanitarian Studies Association is a network engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability.

Climate Change and Humanitarianism

Submitted by IIan Kelman
In theme Changing Actors, Views and Challenges from Below

Climate change dominates many humanitarian-related studies, policy, and practice discussions. This panel seeks submissions covering climate change’s threats to and opportunities for humanitarian work. Does climate change affect humanitarian realities to the extent that climate change should dominate? Or is the climate change focus more politically driven, responding to assumed concerns and detracting from or perhaps intentionally avoiding a vulnerability, poverty, or inequity focus? Who are new actors emerging in humanitarian work due to climate change and who might be sidelined in the process? What technology and innovation--such as big data, apps, modelling, and mapping--emerge from climate change work which could and should be used to support humanitarian studies, policies, and actions? How might climate change affect or not affect humanitarian education, training, accreditation, methodologies, policy-driven research, and curiosity-driven research impacting policy and practice? Critiquing approaches covering positive and negative aspects are welcome. Does climate change distract from or highlight root causes of social concerns in humanitarian case studies? Does media and policy rhetoric supersede science regarding climate change affecting migration and conflict? How could climate change be better integrated within wider humanitarian endeavours to cross disciplinary and geographic boundaries for improving humanitarian work across all time scales?