The civilian population often suffer in humanitarian crises, regardless of whether these are conflicts created by human beings or natural catastrophes.
The international humanitarian assistance apparatus is made available in crises where the local state apparatus lacks the will or capacity to help the population. Protection of civilians in (post-)conflict situation is a central research area at NUPI. Our research concerning humanitarian issues is both academic and practical.
Among the questions we seek to answer are these:
- What causes humanitarian crises, and what solutions are available?
- How is the humanitarian assistance apparatus composed?
- What are local perspectives on humanitarian principles?
- What effects do the global humanitarian principles have?
- What is the linkage between politics and practice in humanitarian assistance?
- - and the between politics and a-political, neutral humanitarian principles?
NUPI is a partner in the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, together with CMI (Bergen) and PRIO (Oslo). The Centre works to coordinate research on humanitarian questions, and to serve as a bridge-builder for humanitarian actors and the authorities.
News about humanitarian issues
20 Jun 2017
Read Senior Research fellow John Karlsrud's opan access article.
21 Mar 2017
What is new and different about development as it goes more global today?
Publications about humanitarian issues
From humanitarian action to development aid in northern Uganda and the formation of a humanitarian-development nexus2017The instituted order of humanitarianism is both changing and challenged. This article addresses the transition between humanitarian action and development aid in northern Uganda, which was driven by the government’s ambition to reassert its humanitarian sovereignty by discursively recasting the situation...
2017We are living in a new epoch: the Anthropocene, where the world is overheated by human activity, driven too fast and filled too full, uneven and unequal. This collection explores the question of identity in this new world, looking at the consequences of rapidly accelerating change on social and personal...
2017The plural legal system in post-conflict Liberia expresses tensions between modern and customary institutions. This article seeks to understand how Liberians navigate choices in the plural legal system to address gender-based violence cases. By asking how and why people make the choices they do, we highlight...
Research projects about humanitarian issues
2017 - 2020 (Ongoing)
The concept of partnership is central to the organisation of international development aid. This project will study the concept of partnership in theory and practice.
2015 - 2016 (Ongoing)
The Rising Powers and Peacebuilding project seeks to address an important question that has not yet been thoroughly researched: what are the new approaches that rising powers have taken to peacebuilding,...
2012 - 2016 (Ongoing)
Protection of Civilians: From Principle to Practice