Routledge Humanitarian Studies

Edited by Alex de Waal, Thea Hilhorst

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.

  • Natural Hazards, Risk and Vulnerability

    Floods and slum life in Indonesia

    By Roanne van Voorst

    Different people handle risk in different ways. The current lack of understanding about this heterogeneity in risk behaviour makes it difficult to intervene effectively in risk-prone communities. Natural Hazards, Risk and Vulnerability offers a unique insight in the everyday life of a group of…

    Hardback – 2016-03-04 
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  • The New Humanitarians in International Practice

    Emerging actors and contested principles

    Edited by Zeynep Sezgin, Dennis Dijkzeul

    As humanitarian needs continue to grow rapidly, humanitarian action has become more contested, with new actors entering the field to address unmet needs, but also challenging long-held principles and precepts. This volume provides detailed empirical comparisons between emerging and traditional…

    Hardback – 2015-11-17 
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  • Disaster Research

    Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives

    Edited by Rasmus Dahlberg, Olivier Rubin, Morten Thanning Vendelø

    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…

    Hardback – 2015-09-17 
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  • The Paradoxes of Aid Work

    Passionate Professionals

    By Silke Roth

    This book explores what attracts people to aidwork and to what extent the promises of aidwork are fulfilled. 'Aidland' is a highly complex and heterogeneous context which includes many different occupations, forms of employment and organizations. Analysing the processes that lead to the involvement…

    Hardback – 2015-04-07
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  • Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disaster

    Responding to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis

    Edited by Paul Bacon, Christopher Hobson

    Japan has been one of the most important international sponsors of human security, yet the concept has hitherto not been considered relevant to the Japanese domestic context. This book applies the human security approach to the specific case of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident that…

    Hardback – 2014-06-17
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  • Human Security and Natural Disasters

    Edited by Christopher Hobson, Paul Bacon, Robin Cameron

    "Human security" is an approach that rejects the traditional prioritization of state security, and instead identifies the individual as the primary referent of security. It offers a way of broadening our perspective, and recognizing that the most pressing threats to individuals do not come from…

    Hardback – 2014-03-19
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  • Disaster, Conflict and Society in Crises

    Everyday Politics of Crisis Response

    Edited by Dorothea Hilhorst

    Humanitarian crises - resulting from conflict, natural disaster or political collapse – are usually perceived as a complete break from normality, spurring special emergency policies and interventions. In reality, there are many continuities and discontinuities between crisis and normality. What…

    Paperback – 2013-06-25
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