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Latest CMI Insight exploring four crucial domains of contemporary humanitarianism

June 29, 2021

In this latest Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) publication “Humanitarianism: An overview”, NCHS Director and CMI Research Professor, Antonio De Lauri, provides an overview of four crucial areas of contemporary humanitarianism. Here De Lauri, briefly explores the concepts of humanitarian diplomacy, education in emergencies, civil society in humanitarianism, and humanitarian borders. The full publication can be […]

New edited collection of citizen-led humanitarian initiatives at European borders just published

June 24, 2021

A new edited volume bringing together a collection of contributions focusing on citizen-led humanitarian initiatives at European borders has just been published. This exciting volume titled ‘Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders’ is edited by NCHS Co-Director Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (Peace Research Institute Oslo) and Elisa Pascucci (University of Helsinki). “At a time of escalating tensions […]

NCHS set to contribute to world summit on frontline humanitarian negotiation

June 21, 2021

Humanitarian negotiation practitioners, scholars, policy makers and donors from across the world are set to descend on the village of Caux in Switzerland to take part in the World Summit on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation from 28 June to 3 July. Hosted by the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN), participants will gather to discuss […]

Is Russia moving towards a compromise on humanitarian aid to Syria?

June 15, 2021

The United Nations Security Council is set to make a decision on the delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria by 10 July. The decision comes almost one year on from the compromised extension to Resolution 2533, which approved the delivery of aid into Syria through the Bab al-Hawa crossing for a further year. Russia is […]

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik to present at upcoming webinar ‘politics of digital humanitarianism’

June 10, 2021

New digital technologies offer the potential to resolve many challenges that may impede humanitarian efforts. However, technologies also have a political dimension and can have unintended harmful consequences. The Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is hosting a webinar to explore this important topic and discuss […]

New MidEast policy brief on humanitarian biometrics in Yemen

April 29, 2021

​In this latest Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Middle East Centre policy brief, Piloting Humanitarian Biometrics in Yemen: Aid Transparency versus Violation of Privacy?, Maria-Louise Clausen  addresses the challenges of using biometrics for the World Food Program’s aid distribution in Yemen. It highlights the need for balanced approaches that counter fraud and aid diversion of humanitarian operations, while […]

Protection of civilians and the future of urban warfare roundtable

April 19, 2021

What do current trends in armed conflict and military technology mean for the future of urban warfare? This was just one of the many important issues discussed at a recent virtual roundtable on the future of the protection of civilians in urban warfare, hosted by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in association with the Norwegian Red […]

New Humanitarian Diplomacy podcast launched

April 12, 2021

A new podcast exploring the emerging concept of humanitarian diplomacy has just launched. Hosted by Doctoral Researcher Salla Turunen (Chr. Michelsen Institute), this first episode explores the topic of humanitarian ethics with philosopher and Senior Researcher, Kristoffer Lidén (Peace Research Institute Oslo). This episode delves into questions such as can humanitarian principles be implemented in […]

New NCHS Coordinator in place

March 9, 2021

We are pleased to introduce our new Coordinator, Emily Hume, who took over the role from Andrea Silkoset in February this year. We would like to thank Andrea for all her hard work as Coordinator over the past two years. Originally from Australia, Emily has a background in law, social policy and education and brings a […]

Protection of Civilians – Norway in the Security Council

February 18, 2021

The protection of civilians has long been a key concern for Norway. Now as Norway takes its seat at the UN Security Council for 2021-2022, the protection of civilians is one of the priority areas for the country during its term. This latest report, published by CMI and edited by NCHS director, Antonio De Lauri, […]

Webinar on 16 February examining refugee flows and clashes over land at the Sudan-Ethiopia frontier

February 10, 2021

We encourage you to join the upcoming breakfast forum webinar “Tension on the Border: Refugee flows and clashes over land at the Sudan-Ethiopia frontier” on Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 08:30–09:30 (UTC +1). The webinar is jointly hosted by Bergen Global and Chr. Michelsen Institute. Since early November 2020, communities in Eastern Sudan bordering Ethiopia have […]

Antonio De Lauri takes over as NCHS Director

January 18, 2021

The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS)  has been a joint collaboration between CMI, NUPI and PRIO since its establishment in 2012. The leadership and administration of NCHS rotates between the institutes, and after having been led from PRIO since 2012, it is now going to CMI for the next four-year period.  Antonio De Lauri  (Research Professor […]

New ERC grant awarded to Antonio De Lauri

December 14, 2020

NCHS Co-Director Antonio De Lauri has been awarded the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for his project War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience. While several of the projects De Lauri is currently working on relate to aspects of humanitarian studies, this project will stengthen our understanding on the deep and long-term effects of war […]

AidAccount project to set up Humanitarian Lab

November 12, 2020

The AidAccount project, which studies accountability in civic and professional humanitarian aid, has officially started with a virtual 3-day kick-off meeting that involved participants in Norway, the UK, Uganda, Somaliland and Sri Lanka. During the kick-off, NCHS director Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert joined the team to inform about NCHS and opportunities for synergies with the project. […]

Vacancy: Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies Coordinator

November 9, 2020

We are looking for a Coordinator for the NCHS in a 50% position from 1 February 2021 – 31 December 2022. The position will be based at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway. The application deadline is 27 November 2020. NCHS forms a platform for exchange among researchers and establishes stronger and more tailored […]