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Why doesn’t Europe grieve deaths in the Mediterranean?

NCHS Associate, Heidi Mogstad explores European leaders and citizens widespread acceptance of non-white refugees drowning in Europe in this opinion piece for Al Jazeera.

Exploring Europe’s external migration policy mix

New article for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies explores how visa, readmission and resettlement policies interact in Europe’s external migration policy mix and remote control of borders.

Engaging with the Taliban then and now: Lessons learned, lessons spurned?

This virtual roundtable examined engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan, including similarities and differences between current international engagement and what happened over 20 years ago.

Engagement and disengagement

This blog builds on a recent roundtable examining red lines in humanitarian negotiations, and continues the exploration of the humanitarian relationship with politics and power. By casting a fresh gaze on humanitarian principles, and recognising the social and political agency of humanitarian action, it identifies a place for both cooperation and challenge.

Opacity or transparency? Screening by NGOs in the context of aid work

NGOs delivering aid are often required to screen individuals against various watchlists to prevent terrorism financing and money laundering. This NCHS paper explores how European NGOs communicate the act of screening to the public and the associated transparency implications.

From asylum seekers to kin

This article for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies explores the building of kinship between Norwegian citizens and asylum seekers from the Middle East.

Is there legal pluralism in Afghanistan?

This NCHS paper examines the use of the term legal pluralism in Afghanistan and argues that where access to justice is particularly difficult or neglected, social actors face an absence rather than a plurality of legal orders.

Red lines for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan

Organised by PRIO and the NCHS, this virtual roundtable examined where to draw red lines for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan following the ban on women aid workers.

Governance and survival after the earthquake

The tragic earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria in February has been labelled the region’s “worst natural disaster” in 100 years. This blog explores the governance and political complexities of humanitarian assistance in responding to the disaster.

Continental encampment

Edited by Are John Knudsen and Kjersti G. Berg (CMI), ‘Continental Encampment’ explores responses to mass migration and traces the genealogy of humanitarian containment in the Middle East and Europe.

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