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Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

The journal aims to be a home and platform for leading thinkers on humanitarian affairs

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is an exciting, new open access journal hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, and Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. It contributes to current thinking around humanitarian governance, policy and practice with academic rigour and political courage.

The journal challenges contributors and readers to think critically about humanitarian issues that are often approached from reductionist assumptions about what experience and evidence mean. It covers contemporary, historical, methodological and applied subject matters and will bring together studies, debates and literature reviews. The journal engages with these through diverse online content, including peer reviewed articles, expert interviews, policy analyses, literature reviews and ‘spotlight’ features.

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The journal’s rationale can be summed up as follows: the sector is growing and is facing severe ethical and practical challenges. The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs will provide a space for serious and inter-disciplinary academic and practitioner exchanges on pressing issues of international interest.

The journal aims to be a home and platform for leading thinkers on humanitarian affairs, a place where ideas are floated, controversies are aired and new research is published and scrutinised. Areas in which submissions will be considered include humanitarian financing, migrations and responses, the history of humanitarian aid, failed humanitarian interventions, media representations of humanitarianism, the changing landscape of humanitarianism, the response of states to foreign interventions and critical debates on concepts such as resilience or security.

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Duncan Mclean, MSF-Switzerland

Fernando Espada, Save the Children

Juliano Fiori, Save the Children

Tanja Müller, University of Manchester

Michaël Neuman, MSF-Crash

Róisín Read, University of Manchester

Isabelle Schläpfer, University of Manchester

Gemma Sou, University of Manchester

Bertrand Taithe, University of Manchester


Sharon Abramowitz, The State University of New Jersey

Heba Aly, IRIN News

Urvashi Aneja, Jindal School of International Affairs

Laëtitia Atlani-Duault, Columbia University

John Borton, HPG, Overseas Development Institute

Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and Chatham House

Samir Eljawary, OCHA

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University of College London

Dorothea Hilhorst, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Shani Orgad, London School of Economics and Political Science

David Rieff, non-fiction writer and journalist

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