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The state and future of humanitarian studies: A Special Collection to Celebrate 30 Years of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA)

Clara Egger: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Patrycja Grzebyk: University of Warsaw, Poland

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 December 2024

On the occasion of NOHA’s 30th anniversary, The Journal of International Humanitarian Action encourages submissions of research articles and commentaries concerning the state and future of the interdisciplinary field of humanitarian studies. From the end of the nineties onwards, research on humanitarian action has progressed with the growing importance of humanitarian affairs in global politics. Initially restricted to medical and legal sciences, humanitarian studies now gather a vibrant community of researchers and practitioners combining perspectives from political science, economics, anthropology, communication, and management. Over the past decades, educational programs in humanitarian action have flourished all over the globe.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Clara Egger: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Clara Egger is an Assistant Professor of Global Governance at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology from the Erasmus School of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is the Chair of the International Organizations section of the International Studies Association.  Her research agenda focuses on the political economy of crisis governance and humanitarian aid. Clara was granted the French Red Cross Award for the best research on humanitairan action (2015) and was shortlisted for the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize awarded to the best Europeam thesis on politics (2017).

Patrycja GrzebykUniversity of Warsaw, Poland

Patrycja Grzebyk is an Associate Professor at the University of Warsaw. She is a member of the Board of the Network on Humanitarian Action and member of the Board of the European Society of International Law. She is also NOHA Director at the University of Warsaw. Her main research interests focus on International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal law, Use of Force and the role of international courts. She authored numerous publications, including monographs Human and Non-Human Targets in Armed Conflicts, CUP 2022Criminal Responsibility for the Crime of Aggression, Routledge 2013. ORCID: 0000-0003-4022-7018. 

About the collection

In this context, the special collection aims to analyse the state of humanitarian studies as a research and educational field. We not only seek the overview of existing literature, but articles which aim to indicate main gaps and problems which should be investigated by researchers, analyses about the difficulties in organization of humanitarian studies at master or higher level and main dilemmas in research of humanitarian action.

The possible topics (below are just examples, JIHA is open to any other propositions) which could be dealt are:

• Ethics in Humanitarian Action Studies/Research 
• Language diversification in humanitarian studies
• Teaching in person humanitarian action
• Teaching online humanitarian action
• Need to decolonize humanitarian studies
• Limitations of humanitarian action studies
• Cultural differences in global world
• Need of mobility in humanitarian action and the question of localization
• Dangers of simplification – TEDx talks
• Interdisciplinary studies – between teaching everything and nothing
• Students internships in humanitarian action (preparations to work with vulnerable persons)
• Localization and education

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system. During the submission process, under the section additional information, you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "NOHA30" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.