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Complex emergencies require a comprehensive and collaborative approach involving multiple stakeholders. Academic institutions, such as universities, think tanks, and research centres, have a crucial role in understanding humanitarian crises by generating knowledge that can inform evidence-based solutions, guide programming, and influence crisis response policies. Academia serves as a platform for analysis and critical thinking, facilitating connections between academia, policy-making, and humanitarian response.
This panel emphasises the importance of fostering connections between academia and humanitarian practice to address complex emergencies effectively. Academic institutions play a key role in advancing knowledge in humanitarian studies. Aligning research with the practical needs of humanitarian stakeholders can improve response effectiveness and benefit affected populations. Fostering stronger connections between academic research and humanitarian practice equips future humanitarian workers with vital knowledge and skills. Deep engagement with academia prepares students to contribute evidence-based solutions, policy recommendations, and program designs in real-world crises. Academic contributions to humanitarian response underscore the significance of research and evidence-based solutions, offering valuable insights into challenges and potential remedies.
The panel invites papers on academia's role in humanitarian response, challenges, and opportunities in generating, disseminating, and utilising research in complex emergencies. It looks to explore the potential for reciprocal relationships between students, academics, practitioners and policymakers to enhance the field of humanitarian education.
Submissions can focus on case studies, theoretical frameworks, and empirical research that highlight academic institutions' contributions to relevant knowledge. Successful examples of collaborative efforts between academia, policymakers, and humanitarian practitioners are encouraged. Papers can propose innovative ways for academia to facilitate connections between stakeholders for evidence-based decision-making and crisis response.”