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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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Humanitarian Futures Challenges and Opportunities

Humanitarian Futures: Challenges and Opportunities

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Randolph C. Kent
September 19, 2024

Humanitarian Futures: Challenges and Opportunities explores the increasing types, dimensions and dynamics of crises threatening the world in the twenty-first century, and argues that those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities can only meet such challenges if their approaches to strategic ...

Depoliticising Humanitarian Action Paradigms, Dilemmas, Resistance

Depoliticising Humanitarian Action: Paradigms, Dilemmas, Resistance

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Isabelle Desportes, Alice Corbet, Ayesha Siddiqi
August 12, 2024

Is it ever possible to separate humanitarian action from politics? Drawing on the expertise of both practitioners and researchers, this book is an essential guide to the thorny interplay between what are too often considered as separate worlds.  The humanitarian sector aims to separate its work ...

Authoritarian Practices and Humanitarian Negotiations

Authoritarian Practices and Humanitarian Negotiations

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew J Cunningham
December 07, 2023

This book examines authoritarian practices in relation to humanitarian negotiations. Utilising a wide variety of perspectives and examining a range of contexts, the book considers how humanitarians assess and engage with authoritarian practices and negotiate access to populations in danger. ...

Young Children in Humanitarian and COVID-19 Crises Innovations and Lessons from the Global South

Young Children in Humanitarian and COVID-19 Crises: Innovations and Lessons from the Global South

1st Edition

Edited By Sweta Shah, Lucy Bassett
November 30, 2023

The long-term consequences of COVID-19 have been tough for children around the world, but even more so for young children already in humanitarian crisis, whether due to conflict, natural disasters, or economic and political upheaval. This book investigates how organizations around the world ...

The Humanitarian Parent Balancing Work and Family in the Aid Sector

The Humanitarian Parent: Balancing Work and Family in the Aid Sector

1st Edition

By Merit Hietanen
November 13, 2023

Aid sector staff work in some of the world’s most challenging environments, from conflict zones to sites of natural disaster and refugee camps. For a long time, the aid worker was typified by the lone white male, flying from place to place and seeing his family during the holidays. But now, as the ...

Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders

Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders

1st Edition

Edited By Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Elisa Pascucci
May 31, 2023

At a time of escalating conflict between states and NGOs engaged in migrant search and rescue operations across the Mediterranean, this book explores the emerging trend of citizen-led forms of helping others at the borders of Europe. In recent years, Europe’s borders have become new sites of ...

Child Rights in Humanitarian Crisis Improving Action and Response

Child Rights in Humanitarian Crisis: Improving Action and Response

1st Edition

Edited By Rigmor Argren, Jessica Jonsson
April 28, 2023

This book demonstrates how a focus on children’s rights can help practitioners to safeguard children during humanitarian crisis. Child Rights in Humanitarian Crisis focuses on understanding and advancing child rights through practical applications of a child rights perspective in crisis response. ...

The Humanitarian Exit Dilemma The Moral Cost of Withdrawing Aid

The Humanitarian Exit Dilemma: The Moral Cost of Withdrawing Aid

1st Edition

By Chin Ruamps
April 21, 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 explores the unique ‘Humanitarian ...

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 ...

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