The Centre’s activities include the projects outlined below.

Active Projects

China and the global aid architecture: Understanding China’s evolving development assistance

Project leader: Elling Tjønneland (CMI). This project analyses the determinants of the Chinese development aid policies and the major expansion of China’s development aid, including humanitarian.

Do No Harm: Ethical Humanitarian Innovation and Digital Bodies

Project leader: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO). This project addresses questions that arise from technology implementation in emergency contexts, cybersecurity threats, profit motifs, experimental practices and the securitization of humanitarian data

EducAid: Improving Education for Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar Living in Bangladesh

Project leader: Gudrun Østby (PRIO). This project examines the role of quality education in mitigating the negative educational, socio-economic, and psycho-social effects of forced displacement.

Holding aid accountable: Plural humanitarianism in protracted crisis (AidAccount)

Project leader: Cindy Horst (PRIO). This project aims to map, document, and analyse the moral and social dimensions of accountability as understood and practiced by civic and professional humanitarian aid providers in protracted crisis in Uganda, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

Humanitarian Diplomacy: Assessing Policies, Practices and Impact of New Forms of Humanitarian Action and Foreign Policy

Project leader: Antonio De Lauri (CMI). This project aims to study the policies, practices and impact of humanitarian diplomacy as conducted by select state actors that are new major humanitarian donors and traditional humanitarian actors.

Humanitarianism, Borders, and the Governance of Mobility: The EU and the 'Refugee Crisis'

Project leader: Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO). This project aims to understand how new types of humanitarian spaces are created and carved out outside, on and inside the geographical borders destined to govern mobility.

SuperCamp: Genealogies of Humanitarian Containment in the Middle East

Project leader: Are John Knudsen (CMI). This project aims to build a new understanding of the regional and global forces of humanitarian containment, captured in the term ‘SuperCamp.’

Temporary protection as a durable solution? The ‘return turn’ in asylum policies in Europe (TemPro)

Jessica Leigh Schultz (CMI). This project explores the effects of temporary protection policies on refugee law and refugee lives in Norway, Denmark and the UK.

The power of ideas: Muslim humanitarians and the SDGs (HUMA)

Project leader: Kaja Borchgrevink (PRIO). This project sets out to understand how Muslim humanitarian actors relate to, interpret and respond to the SDGs, focusing on SDG 4 (education), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 17 (global partnerships).

Urban Displacement, Development and Donor Policies in the Middle East (Urban 3DP)

Project leader: Are John Knudsen (CMI). This project examines refugees and IDPs in Middle East host states and investigates the key elements needed for instituting an area-based urban response for refugees and IDPs in the Middle East.

Completed Projects