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
The massacre of Fulani in central Mali on 23 March marks a grave, new turn in the conflict. How did we get here? NUPI researchers Natasja Rupesinghe and Morten Bøås provide insight into possible reasons.
Conflict sensitivity in focus as the three-year NUPI-led research project on the EU’s crisis response (EUNPACK) organised a final conference in Brussels in March.
22 Jun 2018
Project Manager Stein Sundstøl Eriksen gives three key recommendations for Norwegian authorities.
Publications about humanitarian issues
2019This book offers a first overarching look at the relationship between states and their citizens abroad, approached through the concept 'Duty of Care'. How can society best be protected, when increasing numbers of citizens are found outside the borders of the state? What are the limits to care...
2019The ownership discourse has profoundly altered the management of development aid. Nominally, it seeks to instil greater freedom as well as responsibilities among aid recipients. Revisiting two ethnographic studies (the World Bank–Uganda partnership and NGO relations in Ethiopia), this article shows how...
Research projects about humanitarian issues
2018 - 2021 (Ongoing)
NUPI together with 40 partners from across the globe have established an international network to undertake research into the effectiveness of peace operations.
Photograph: NTB Scanpix
2018 - 2021 (Ongoing)
The project will look deeper into the conservative New Right in countries such as Russia, the US, and Europe, examining in particular the alternative visions of Western civilisational order that these...
2017 - 2020 (Ongoing)
In times of radical uncertainty and flux: how do individual actions inspire collective action or lead to new institutional practices in ways that determine the direction of a society?