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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 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 ...

Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders

Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders

1st Edition

Edited By Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Elisa Pascucci
June 17, 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 ...

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. ...

The Humanitarian Fix Navigating Civilian Protection in Contemporary Wars

The Humanitarian Fix: Navigating Civilian Protection in Contemporary Wars

1st Edition

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 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 ...

Disaster Public Health and Older People

Disaster Public Health and Older People

1st Edition

By Emily Ying Yang Chan
September 10, 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 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 ...

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 18, 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...

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