Externalising integration: The legal pathways to protection

This blog post aims to analyse the expansion of the use of legal pathways to protection, as described in the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, and how it affects the EU’s policy of externalisation.

The educated refugee woman. An emerging resettlement category?

This blog examines the focus on evacuating educated and professional Afghan women after the Taliban-takeover, and discusses the possible rise of a new resettlement category.

Do not abandon the Afghan people

A functional Afghan state requires both humanitarian aid and financial support for a considerable time ahead, and previous investments in social service programs should not be wasted, says Arne Strand and Astri Suhrke.

Contingency planning in the Digital Age: Biometric data of Afghans must be reconsidered

This blog examines the security implications for Afghans who have had their biometrics registered by humanitarian or military agencies.

The chants of ‘Allahu Akbar’ in the streets of Afghanistan

As the Taliban’s relentless military campaign escalates, this blog examines how the current phase of conflict has shifted the dynamics of militarised violence from rural areas to populated urban areas.

What is killing humanitarian aid workers?

This blog considers what is killing humanitarian aid workers. Has the humanitarian enterprise got more dangerous? Is eroding trust placing humanitarians in danger?

The time of the humanitarian diplomat

This blog explores the concept of humanitarian diplomacy and examines the value of diplomatic thinking and practices for contemporary humanitarian practice.

Humanitarian biometrics in Yemen

This blog explores the challenges associated with the use of biometrics for the delivery of humanitarian aid in Yemen, including privacy and data protection considerations.

When the storm subsides

This blog explores the widespread mobilisation of volunteers who helped refugees arriving in Europe during the summer of 2015 and early 2016.

The datafication of refugee protection in and beyond the Middle East

This blog examines how digital technologies interact with refugee law and refugee protection, and presents a case for digital refugee lawyering.

Vaccine nationalism and vaccine diplomacy

This blog explores the factors impacting access to Covid-19 vaccines in the global south, including economic, political and intellectual property constraints.

Looking for the humanitarian backbone at the top of the UN

This blog reflects on the search for the new United Nations chief of humanitarian affairs. Will the UN Secretary-General have the special X-ray vision to detect the person with the sturdiest humanitarian backbone?

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Who can contribute

We welcome blog contributions from across the humanitarian field, whether you are a researcher, academic, practitioner or postgraduate student.

For example, you may be a researcher wishing to link your studies to current affairs or events, or you may be a research student wanting to share some preliminary research findings. We also welcome contributions from practitioners working in the field wishing to share experiences or reflections on humanitarian issues or practices.

How to contribute

Please use the form above to submit your blog. It is useful if you also tell us how your blog contributes to the analysis or discussion about a particular humanitarian topic or issue.

All submissions should be made electronically and in Microsoft Word (not PDF or any other format). Blog posts should ideally be between 800 and 1,500 words in length. Please do not submit blogs more than 2,000 words.

Please include the names and a short bio for each author (no more than two to three sentences per author). If you use social media, you can also include your Twitter and/or Facebook handles. Also include a title for the blog, as well as an abstract or summary (maximum 100 words).

It is also useful if you include a suitable accompanying photo or image for your blog. Please also provide a caption where possible and ensure you cite the source and have permission to use it.

Blogs are best when they are easily understood by a wide audience. Please write in an accessible way that will be easily understood. Adding hyperlinks to relevant sources and background information is also a useful way to provide the reader with more information or provide further explanation of complex concepts. Add a short list of references at the end of your blog if necessary.

Please let us know if your blog has been published elsewhere. We can in some cases consider posting pieces that have previously been published, however, the author then needs to obtain permission from the original publisher to re-publish the work.

As a contributor, you are responsible for the factual accuracy of your work. You are also responsible for correctly citing other sources. Responsibility for any plagiarism rests with the author.

Blog review process

Please be aware that all blogs submitted for publication undergo an independent and anonymous review process. The reviewer may make suggestions to revise your blog prior to publication.

While this blog is hosted by the NCHS, the views expressed by individual authors are their own and must not be interpreted as the position of the NCHS.