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Routledge Humanitarian Studies


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The Routledge Humanitarian Studies series in collaboration with the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) takes a comprehensive approach to the growing field of expertise that is humanitarian studies. This field is concerned with humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability and deals with the study of how humanitarian crises evolve, how they affect people and their institutions and societies, and the responses they trigger.

We invite book proposals that address, amongst other topics, questions of aid delivery, institutional aspects of service provision, the dynamics of rebel wars, state building after war, the international architecture of peacekeeping, the ways in which ordinary people continue to make a living throughout crises, and the effect of crises on gender relations.

This interdisciplinary series draws on and is relevant to a range of disciplines, including development studies, international relations, international law, anthropology, peace and conflict studies, public health and migration studies.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

Series Editors:

Alex de Waal, Tufts University, USA

Dorothea Hilhorst, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

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The Humanitarian Exit Dilemma The Moral Cost of Withdrawing Aid

The Humanitarian Exit Dilemma: The Moral Cost of Withdrawing Aid

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Chin Ruamps
March 01, 2023

How should humanitarian organisations respond when their aid goes awry? Should they stay and remain engaged with the needy, or should they withdraw and leave? Investigating the choices involved and the judgements required when tackling these questions, this book investigates the unique ‘...

The Humanitarian Fix Navigating Civilian Protection in Contemporary Wars

The Humanitarian Fix: Navigating Civilian Protection in Contemporary Wars

1st Edition

By Joe Cropp
January 09, 2023

This book investigates how humanitarians balance the laws and principles of civilian protection with the realities of contemporary warzones, where non-state armed actors assert cultural, political and religious traditions that are often at odds with official frameworks. This book argues that ...

Humanitarian and Military Intervention in Libya and Syria Parliamentary Debate and Policy Failure

Humanitarian and Military Intervention in Libya and Syria: Parliamentary Debate and Policy Failure

1st Edition

By Aran M. Lewis
December 30, 2022

This book explores the contradictions in Britain’s humanitarian and military intervention in Libya and Syria, beginning with the Arab spring in 2010. The book assesses the contradictions between the expressed humanitarian intentions of British military interveners and the impact of their actions ...

The Vulnerable Humanitarian Ending Burnout Culture in the Aid Sector

The Vulnerable Humanitarian: Ending Burnout Culture in the Aid Sector

1st Edition

By Gemma Houldey
September 28, 2021

The Vulnerable Humanitarian challenges the prevalence of stress and burnout culture within the aid sector, laying bare the issues of power, agency, security and wellbeing that continue to trouble organisations and staff. Engaging and insightful, this book illustrates the problematic and ...

The Humanitarian Machine Reflections from Practice

The Humanitarian Machine: Reflections from Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Diego Fernandez Otegui, Daryl Yoder-Bontrager
July 07, 2021

As the world reels from the impact of a global pandemic and increasing intensity of climate-caused hazards, the humanitarian sector has never been more relevant. But providing aid to those affected by disasters and crises is more complex than ever. In The Humanitarian Machine aid workers reflect ...

Adolescents in Humanitarian Crisis Displacement, Gender and Social Inequalities

Adolescents in Humanitarian Crisis: Displacement, Gender and Social Inequalities

1st Edition

Edited By Nicola Jones, Kate Pincock, Bassam Abu Hamad
June 03, 2021

Adolescents in Humanitarian Crisis investigates the experiences of adolescents displaced by humanitarian crisis. The world is currently seeing unprecedented levels of mass displacement, and almost half of the world’s 70 million displaced people are children and adolescents under the age of 18. ...

Humanitarianism and the Quantification of Human Needs Minimal Humanity

Humanitarianism and the Quantification of Human Needs: Minimal Humanity

1st Edition

By Joël Glasman
December 11, 2019

This book provides a historical inquiry into the quantification of needs in humanitarian assistance. Needs are increasingly seen as the lowest common denominator of humanity. Standard definitions of basic needs, however, set a minimalist version of humanity – both in the sense that they are ...

Production of Disaster and Recovery in Post-Earthquake Haiti Disaster Industrial Complex

Production of Disaster and Recovery in Post-Earthquake Haiti: Disaster Industrial Complex

1st Edition

By Juliana Svistova, Loretta Pyles
October 17, 2019

Natural disasters have long been seen as naturally generated events, but as scientific, technological, and social knowledge of disasters has become more sophisticated, the part that people and systems play in disaster events has become more apparent. Production of Disaster and Recovery in ...

Anti-genocide Activists and the Responsibility to Protect

Anti-genocide Activists and the Responsibility to Protect

1st Edition

By Annette Jansen
June 07, 2019

Although the Genocide Convention was already adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1945, it was only in the late 1990s that groups of activists emerged calling for military interventions to halt mass atrocities. The question of who these anti-genocide activists are and what motivates them to call ...

Australia's Foreign Aid Dilemma Humanitarian aspirations confront democratic legitimacy

Australia's Foreign Aid Dilemma: Humanitarian aspirations confront democratic legitimacy

1st Edition

By Jack Corbett
January 17, 2019

The Australian aid program faces a fundamental dilemma: how, in the absence of deep popular support, should it generate the political legitimacy required to safeguard its budget and administering institution? Australia’s Foreign Aid Dilemma tells the story of the actors who have grappled with...

Crisis Management Beyond the Humanitarian-Development Nexus

Crisis Management Beyond the Humanitarian-Development Nexus

1st Edition

Edited By Atsushi Hanatani, Oscar A. Gómez, Chigumi Kawaguchi
September 27, 2018

In addressing humanitarian crises, the international community has long understood the need to extend beyond providing immediate relief, and to engage with long-term recovery activities and the prevention of similar crises in the future. However, this continuum from short-term relief to ...

International Humanitarian NGOs and State Relations Politics, Principles and Identity

International Humanitarian NGOs and State Relations: Politics, Principles and Identity

1st Edition

By Andrew Cunningham
May 16, 2018

International Humanitarian NGOs and State Relations: Politics, Principles and Identity examines the often discordant relationship between states and international non-governmental organisations working in the humanitarian sector. INGOs aiming to provide assistance to populations suffering from the ...

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