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Routledge Humanitarian Studies


About the Series

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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Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders

Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Elisa Pascucci
May 14, 2021

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 ...

The Humanitarian Fix Navigating Civilian Protection in Contemporary Wars

The Humanitarian Fix: Navigating Civilian Protection in Contemporary Wars

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Joe Cropp
January 18, 2021

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 ...

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
March 04, 2020

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 ...

Humanitarianism and the Quantification of Human Needs Minimal Humanity

Humanitarianism and the Quantification of Human Needs: Minimal Humanity

1st Edition

By Joël Glasman
December 16, 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 ...

Disaster Public Health and Older People

Disaster Public Health and Older People

1st Edition

By Emily Ying Yang Chan
September 05, 2019

Disaster Public Health and Older People introduces professionals, students and fieldworkers to the science and art of promoting health and well-being among older people in the context of humanitarian emergencies, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income country settings. Older people ...

Anti-genocide Activists and the Responsibility to Protect

Anti-genocide Activists and the Responsibility to Protect

1st Edition

By Annette Jansen
June 10, 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 ...

Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster: Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

1st Edition

By Maria Ela Atienza, Pauline Eadie, May Tan-Mullins
February 21, 2019

This book investigates the best strategies for poverty alleviation in post-disaster urban environments, and the conditions necessary for the success and scaling up of these strategies. Using the case study of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines, the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, ...

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...

International Humanitarian NGOs and State Relations Politics, Principles and Identity

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

1st Edition

By Andrew J. Cunningham
May 23, 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 ...

Disaster Management in Australia Government Coordination in a Time of Crisis

Disaster Management in Australia: Government Coordination in a Time of Crisis

1st Edition

By George Carayannopoulos
December 19, 2017

In recent times the frequency and severity of natural disasters has placed a clear emphasis on the ability of governments to plan, prepare and respond in an effective way. Disaster Management in Australia examines government coordination when faced with large scale crises, outlining the challenges ...

Disaster Research Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives

Disaster Research: Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Rasmus Dahlberg, Olivier Rubin, Morten Thanning Vendelø
April 16, 2017

Given the tendency of books on disasters to predominantly focus on strong geophysical or descriptive perspectives and in-depth accounts of particular catastrophes, Disaster Research provides a much-needed multidisciplinary perspective of the area. This book is is structured thematically around key ...

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