New projects on humanitarianism receive funding from the Research Council of Norway

January 9, 2020

The Research Council of Norway recently awarded several projects related to humanitarianism with funding starting from 2020. We are very pleased to introduce these four new projects led by colleagues associated with the NCHS. Temporary protection as a durable solution? The “return turn” in asylum policies in Europe. Led by Jessica Schultz (CMI). In reaction […]

IHSA 2020 Humanitarian Studies Conference

December 23, 2019

The 6th bi-annual conference of the International Humanitarian Studies Association will take place from the 4th to the 6th of November 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon. It is titled: New realities of politics and humanitarianism: between solidarity and abandonment.  In 2020, the IHSA conference will be organized in collaboration with the Global Health Forum, by The Global Health […]

Podcast available (in Norwegian): Rescue operations in the Mediterranean – a pull factor?

December 9, 2019

Monday 25 November the NCHS, Nordhost/UiO:Norden, and the University of Oslo Faculty of Law co-hosted an event at Litteraturhuset in Oslo on rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea, and whether there is any validity to claims that such operations act as a pull factor encouraging more migrants to take the dangerous sea route towards Europe. […]

Antonio De Lauri to give NMBU Annual Lecture in Global Development Studies

December 4, 2019

NCHS co-Director, Antonio De Lauri, is to give the NMBU Annual Lecture in Global Development Studies Friday 6 December 2019. The lecture is an annual event in association with the university’s Master Programme in Global Development Studies. De Lauri’s lecture is titled “The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention: Militarization, Diplomacy, Compromise”, and will in particular discuss […]

Podcast available: Sandvik on ‘Humanitarian wearables and digital bodies’ at University of Oxford

December 2, 2019

On Wednesday 13 November 2019, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/University of Oslo) spoke at a seminar hosted by The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, titled “Humanitarian wearables and digital bodies: problems of gifts and labour”. A recording from the seminar is now available. To access the podcast, click here.

Call for papers: Humanitarianism challenged

November 29, 2019

Four year after the Agenda for Humanity : humanitarianism challenged Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 25 March 2020 Call for papers On May 23-24th 2016, close to 9000 representatives from humanitarian agencies, governments, academics and leaders of crisis-affected communities uniquely gathered in Istanbul to address the crisis of legitimacy and capacity of the so-called humanitarian system. This even […]

New edited volume: Status and the Rise of Brazil

November 28, 2019

Esteves, P., et al., 2020. Status and the Rise of Brazil: Global Ambitions, Humanitarian Engagement and International Challenges. London: Palgrave Macmillan The book is edited by Paulo Esteves, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert and Benjamin de Carvalho, and explores the evolution of Brazilian foreign relations in the last fifteen years, with a special emphasis on its engagements […]

Strenghtening competencies for humanitarian negotiations

November 27, 2019

NCHS researcher Kristoffer Lidén (PRIO) participates in a professional roundtable on the development of competencies of humanitarian organizations for negotiations at the frontlines organized by the Center for Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) in Berlin 26-27 November. For a detailed program, with introductions to the different topics addressed, see here. Speakers included H.E. Dr. Bärbel […]

Antonio De Lauri to give Jorge Dias Memorial Lecture at University of Lisbon

November 19, 2019

Antonio De Lauri, Senior Researcher at CMI and co-director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, is to give the Jorge Dias Memorial Lecture on 21 November 2019 at The Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP), University of Lisbon. The lecture is titled “Negotiated Humanitarianism: Diplomacy, Compromise and Principles in Complex Emergencies”. Read […]

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik on ‘Humanitarian wearables and digital bodies’ at University of Oxford

On Wednesday 13 November 2019, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/University of Oslo) spoke at a seminar hosted by The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, titled “Humanitarian wearables and digital bodies: problems of gifts and labour”. Sandvik is a professor of legal sociology at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo and a Research […]

NCHS Annual Lecture 2019 by Morten Rostrup now available

November 14, 2019

This year’s NCHS Annual Lecture was given by Professor Morten Rostrup, senior physician at the Department of Acute Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, University of Oslo. In addition to being a specialist in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, Rostrup has 23 years of experience in medical humanitarian action, and has been working with Medecins Sans Frontieres […]

Åpen for nominasjoner: Chr. Michelsens pris for fremragende utviklingsforskning

November 13, 2019

Hvem har skrevet den beste artikkelen innen utviklingsforskning? Chr. Michelsens pris for fremragende utviklingsforskning (kr 50 000) skal synliggjøre og inspirere til utviklingsrelatert forskning av høy kvalitet og relevans. Nå kan du nominere bidragene som har utmerket seg i 2018/2019. Vinneren blir tildelt Chr. Michelsens pris for fremragende utviklingsforskning. Prisen tildeles forskere under 40 år for […]

New Edited Volume on Emerging Donors and the Politics of Aid

November 7, 2019

Paczyńska, A., 2020. The New Politics of Aid: Emerging Donors & Conflict-Affected States. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Agnieszka Paczyńska’s edited book The New Politics of Aid sheds light on the increasingly complex donor landscape. By tackling questions such as how emerging donors conceptualize the relationship between security and development, and why the policies they pursue in […]

Protecting children’s digital bodies through rights

November 1, 2019

The Children’s Rights Convention of 1989 represented a watershed moment in thinking children’s rights to integrity, to be heard and to protection of their physical bodies. In a new post for, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik argues that time has now come to articulate and integrate an understanding of children’s digital bodies in international aid within […]

“Klimaendringer tar liv”. Frokostmøte 4. november 2019 på Tøyen i Oslo

October 15, 2019

Leger Uten Grenser inviterer til frokostmøte. Klimaendringer tar liv Tid: Mandag 4. november kl. 09:00 – 11:00 Sted: Skatten, Hagegata 22 – 24 på Tøyen Vi samler feltarbeidere, politikere, miljø- og helseeksperter til paneldebatt: Hvordan skal vi behandle de globale helsekonsekvensene av klimaendringene?  Klimaendringer utgjør kanskje den største trusselen mot fremtidens globale helse. Det er […]