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Book review essay: Refugees as economic agents in protection systems

New book review essay explores the contributions of three recent books from the Refugee Economic Programme at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford .

Tacit engagement as a form of remote management

In light of the risk of violating sanctions regimes humanitarian organisations may resort to remote management. This paper explores what such remote management through ‘tacit engagement’ might imply in the context of humanitarian negotiations.

Recording available: Helping refugees from Ukraine

PRIO together with the NCHS and the Polish Embassy in Norway recently hosted a discussion on preventing human trafficking in the context of the war in Ukraine. A recording of the discussion is now available.

Forms of humanitarian diplomacy

This report provides an overview of the concept of humanitarian diplomacy and the different forms it may take in humanitarian intervention.

Pets and humanitarian borders

Currently little academic attention is paid to pets and war. This blog explores how the care for animals is rapidly becoming a part of the humanitarian narrative of the attack on Ukraine and provides a starting point for further discussion on this topic.

Humanitarian diplomacy as moral history

This article interrogates the practice of humanitarian diplomacy by focusing on the history of the Red Cross Movement.

Sharing data between humanitarian actors and donor governments

Data play an increasingly important role in response efforts. This blog examines data and definitions, and expectations and standards – and why they matter for more effective humanitarian response.

Different responses to mobility

This PRIO blog offers comparative reflections on the EU’s response to sudden and large-scale arrivals of people across its borders, in 2015 and now.

ICRC report on protecting civilians from explosive weapons

A roundtable discussion was held to identify Norway’s role in leading international efforts to protect civilians from explosive weapons, following a recent ICRC report on this issue.

The future of humanitarian principles

Organised by the NCHS and PRIO in collaboration with the Norwegian Red Cross, this roundtable explored the future of humanitarian principles.

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