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Refugees unwelcome: Increasing surveillance and repression of asylum seekers in the “new Moria” refugee camp on Lesvos

This blog discusses the conditions for asylum seekers on the Greek island Lesvos after the notorious Moria camp burned to the ground in September 2020.

Ethical dilemmas in humanitarian negotiations

This blog provides reflections from both humanitarian practitioners and researchers on the ethical dilemmas associated with humanitarian negotiations and how humanitarian organisations respond to them.

How should we define and prioritise humanitarian need?

This NCHS paper uses ethical thinking to propose a new approach to humanitarian need. It offers a perspective on how humanitarians might simplify and prioritise need at a critical time of changing emergency across the globe.

Working with the Taliban: From the first to the second Emirate

This article examines the patterns of interaction with the Taliban, the results on the ground and the implications for the Western relationship with the present Taliban Emirate.

Unpacking the (complex) armed conflict-disasters nexus

Drawing from two recent publications, this blog offers insights into the interconnected nature of armed conflict and disasters, highlighting the potential adverse effects that their mutual reinforcement can have.

Resisting paradise: Exclusive tourism development

This NCHS paper takes a comparative look at tourism enclaves in Southeast Asia and their exclusionary dynamics for local communities, particularly examining the links between tourism and various forms of dispossession.

Just published: Humanitarian extractivism

A new book investigates the digital transformation of aid as a form of humanitarian extractivism and how this shifts power towards states, the private sector and humanitarians.

UNRWA: In anticipation of a double collapse

In this PRIO blog, Jørgen Jensehaugen examines the repercussions of the looming collapse of parts of UNRWA.

The spatial governance of the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan

This report published by CMI presents a critical analysis of the Jordans’ governance of the Syrian refugee crisis and discusses the spatial policies in the framework of space and power.

The ethics of localisation in humanitarian action

Since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, localisation has been firmly on the agenda. These roundtable discussions explore the ethics of the localisation of humanitarian action.

Red lines and grey zones: Exploring the ethics of humanitarian negotiation

This project will examine the ethical challenges related to humanitarian negotiations, particularly through cases from Syria, Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, the Mediterranean and the UN Security Council.

Refugee education: Building durable futures

The central research question explored through this project is how do different models of education contribute to building durable futures for individual refugees and for their local and transnational communities.

War and fun: Reconceptualising warfare and its experience

By studying the role and implications of fun for soldiers and veterans, the Warfun project aims to reframe the way we understand how war unfolds, what it means to be at war, and what the long-term effects of war are on soldiers and veterans.

God, grievance, and greed? Understanding Northern Mozambique’s new Islamist war

This project seeks to acquire, and disseminate, a more comprehensive understanding of the multiple drivers of the escalating war in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Prioritising the displacement-environment nexus

This project pilots a novel approach to understanding the relationship between displaced people and the environment, conceptualising settlement areas as social-ecological systems to assess linkages between livelihoods, landscape change and environmental health.

Gender, Islam and transnational legal orderings in post-US Afghanistan

This project examines the relationship between gender and Islam in Afghanistan as it affects women’s rights and protections at a time when the country’s political order is being reshaped, following the withdrawal of the US.

Holding aid accountable

This project aims to map 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.

Adhocism: Ad hoc crisis responses and international organisations

This project will study the impact of ad hoc crisis responses on international organisations (IOs) through a systematic study of ad hoc crisis responses in two policy domains, namely security and health.

Co-duties: Democratic duties, collective action, and the greater good after Covid-19

This project aims to provide insights into the performance of individual duties in order to better understand how voluntary engagement in democratic societies may address large-scale collective action problems.

Effects of externalisation: EU migration management in Africa and the Middle East

This project seeks to provide policy-relevant research on the effects of EU external migration policy in six countries across Africa and the Middle East