Our latest publication

Amidst the debris:
Humanitarianism and the end of liberal order

Published by Hurst, in this collection of essays public intellectuals, scholars, journalists and aid workers reflect on the relationship between humanitarianism and ‘liberal order’. What role has humanitarianism played in processes of liberal ordering? Amidst challenges to liberal order, what are the implications for the political economy of humanitarianism, and for the practices of humanitarian agencies?

Promoting critical reflection on humanitarianism

Save the Children’s Humanitarian Affairs Team was established in 2012 and has since been dedicated to promoting critical reflection on humanitarianism. Our primary object of analysis has been the relationship between humanitarianism and politics. Not so concerned with how humanitarians might adhere to ‘good practice’, we question what it is that informs humanitarians’ conception of ‘the good’. Rather than asking how humanitarians can protect themselves from the dirty world of politics, we explore the agency exercised by humanitarians in processes of political and social change.

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The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
(University of Manchester)

A leading global centre for the study of humanitarianism and conflict response, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit
(University College London)

The Development Planning Unit conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global south.