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More than the humanitarian gaze

This online exhibition features a collection of images from UN photographer Jørgen Grinde’s work in the Middle East in the 1950s.

Humanitarian neutrality during the Syrian civil war since 2011

Organised by PRIO and the NCHS, this virtual roundtable examined the principle and practice of humanitarian neutrality during the Syrian civil war since 2011.

Humanitarian racism and “pet exceptionalism”

As the final part of a three-part series, this blog reflects on the “open-door policy” for Ukrainian pets following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and how this “pet exceptionalism” challenges us to rethink humanitarian work and protection.

Ukrainian companion animals: Unsettling humanitarian borders

As part two of a three-part series, this blog considers the cross-border mobility of Ukrainian companion animals and explores the (re)bordering effects and (re)production of state-based citizenship generated by the reception of companion animals.

Ukrainian refugees and pet exceptionalism

When the war in Ukraine started in early 2022, the protection of pets soon became part of the humanitarian narrative. As part one of a three-part series, this blog explores ethical, practical and policy-related questions regarding Ukrainian refugee pet exceptionalism and the need for a critical discussion on the topic.

Change of culture? Gender and Intergovernmental Organisations

Gender equality, standing for equal treatment and opportunities between genders, has become a liberal norm central to many intergovernmental organisations, including the United Nations (UN). This blog explores the duality of gender equality as a normative aim of the UN’s external interventions, as well as an internal organisational goal.

Regulatory conundrum: Exclusive tourism enclaves

Mega tourism projects have the potential to transform or disfigure local communities. This blog explores the regulatory and possible humanitarian challenges associated with exclusive tourism enclaves.

Covid-19 and Muslim humanitarian actors and organisations

Two new PRIO policy briefs examine the response to the Covid-19 pandemic by Muslim humanitarian organisations in both Pakistan and in Indonesia.

The impact of the Ukraine war on donor priorities

Two new PRIO policy briefs examine the impact of the Ukraine war on donor priorities, including consequences for recipient communities in the Global South and the role of emerging donors.

Ukrainian pet exceptionalism unpacked

New article on ‘pet exceptionalism’ sheds light on new dilemmas raised when refugees are also fleeing with their companion animals.

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