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

Proposed Panels/Papers

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To submit a paper to one of the panels, please visit the Call for Papers page.

Changing Actors, Views and Challenges from Below
Transitory Spaces and Insurgent Citizenship Practices: Refugee and Migrant Activists as Humanitarian and Political Actors by Katarzyna Grabska and Tanja R. Müller
Climate Change and Humanitarianism by IIan Kelman
Disaster Diplomacy for Humanitarianism by IIan Kelman
Participation and Accountability in Humanitarian Disaster Management by Kees Boersma, Femke Mulder, Nimesh Dhungana, Corinna Frey
What is holding us back? Humanitarian Reform and the Shift to Locally-Led Response by Larissa Fast, Christina Bennett
Alternative Humanitarian Principles & Non-Traditional Humanitarians by Roanne van Voorst
Children and Improved Crisis Response by Rigmor Argren, Jessica Jonsson
Social Museology and Social Role of Museums by Diana Bogado, Erica Abreu, Judite Primo, Marcelle Pereira, Marcelo Murta, Paula Assunção and Vânia Brayner
The active role of Higher Education Institutes & local actors in understanding and responding to the needs of crisis-affected communities by Joe Munnelly, Holly Dignam
The agency of aid recipients by Ralf Otto
Precarity and Debt: The Vicissitudes of Credit and “Upliftment” in Asia and Africa by Vagisha Gunasekara
Humanitarianism from below: analysing the views, values and practices of local and national aid actors by Clara Egger, Edith Favoreu
More than (Buzz)Words: Participation in Humanitarian Practice by Elias Sagmeister
Key Humanitarian Concepts in Historical Perspective by Pierre Fuller, Eleanor Davey, Bertrand Taithe, Laure Humbert, Andrew Newby, Steffen Werther, Norbert Gotz, Georgina Brewis, Antoine Burgard, Julia Irwin
Let’s make sure that Local Humanitarian Leadership means more women’s leadership in the humanitarian sector by Tara Gingerich, Namalie Jayasinghe
Criminalizing Starvation by Alex de Waal; Wayne Jordash; Catriona Murdoch
Local humanitarian leadership and faith: humanitarian INGOs, local faith actors, and religious literacy by Tara Gingerich
Humanitarian Aid, European Civil Protection, and Domestic Disaster Management in the European Refugee/Migrant Crisis and Beyond by Daniel F. Lorenz, Cordula Dittmer
Money Talks. Exploring Funding Solutions for Localized Humanitarian Response by Tilleke Kiewied and Petra Righetti
Volunteer Humanitarians in Europe: their Role, Significance and Potential Implications for the Humanitarian Sector by John Borton

Humanitarian Studies and the WHS Humanitarian Scholar Commitments
What do Practitioners Really Need from Academics? Searching for Best Practices by Martin Quack, Peter Heintze
Action or Impact: How should we monitor progress in the World Humanitarian Summit? by Alice Obrecht
Collaborative humanitarian research – creating stronger pathways for impact by Sarah Palmer-Felgate, Sheree Bennett
When Humanitarian Knowledge Hits the Road; Matching Learning Needs with Context by Shadi Saleh, Hussein Ismail, Farah Sbeity, Fida Abu Hassan
What have we learned about adapting research methodologies for use in humanitarian crisis contexts? by Anne Harmer, Janna Metzler
Localising Research on Humanitarian Concepts by Doris Schopper, Clara Egger

The Changing Realities of Crisis and Responses to Crises, Including Humanitarianism
Rethinking Cash Assistance within Humanitarian Response by Talita Cetinoglu, Volkan Yilmaz
States and Humanitarian INGOs: Principles, Politics, and Identities by Andrew Cunningham
Migration, Protracted Crisis and Humanitarianism by Susanne Jaspars, Margie Buchanan-Smith
Displacement and respect for IHL: Introducing a costs and benefits approach by Vincent Bernard, Cédric Cotter
Negotiating Humanitarian Access in Violent Conflict by Roanne van Voorst, Jan Pospisil
Changing the paradigm on water programming in fragile and dry contexts by Timmo Gaasbeek, Maarten Onneweer, Daniela Benedicto van Dalen
One humanitarian club or many? The setting up of boundaries between and among humanitarian organizations by Andrea Schneiker
A New Political Economy of Humanitarian Aid? by Juliano Fiori
Humanitarian advocacy by Miriam Bradley
Armed non-state actors and humanitarian action by Miriam Bradley
Can Standards and Reforms Drive Effective Change? by Bonaventure Gbetoho Sokpoh
Urban Preparedness and Resilience by Pat Gibbons, Cristina Churruca Muguruza, Hans-Joachim Heintze, Joost Herman, Siswanto Wilopo
Tackling Inhumanity by Antonio Donini, Cristina Churruca, Norah Niland and the UAI Collective
Resilience: Blurring the Humanitarian and Development Boundary by Ronak Patel
Post-Humanitarian Ecologies: from Spill-over Effects to Ambiguous Territorial Control in Chronic and Recurring Crises by Bram Jansen, Gemma van der Haar
The New Determinant of Humanitarian Access and Patterns of Reach in Syria and Yemen – Risk, Banks and Counter Terrorist Financing Legislation by Rawaad Mahyub

The Impact of Technology and Innovation in Coping with, Responding to and Transforming Crisis
Professionalizing the Use of Information Communication Technologies and Data in Crisis Response by Stuart Campo, Nathaniel Raymond
Connected Refugees: Opportunities and Challenges of Communication Technologies for Refugees by Benjamin Hounsell, Hervé Nicolle, Samuel Hall
Eye in the Sky: Drones and Other Remote Sensing Technologies in Humanitarian Aid by Faine Greenwood
Responsible Innovation: One Step Forward-Two Steps Back by Kirsten Gelsdorf, Rahul Chandran
Ethics and Technology in Humanitarian Settings by Dónal O'Mathúna, Matthew Hunt
The World in Humanitarian Objects: Power, Change, Care and Control by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
Interrogating Humanitarian Technology: Critical Perspectives on Data by Linnet Taylor, Aaron Martin
Humanitarianism and Media by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Timothy Wolfer