The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

Edited by Fernando Espada, Juliano Fiori, Tanja Müller, Michaël Neuman, Duncan McLean, Róisín Read, Bertrand Taithe, Miriam Bradley, Gianluca Iazzolino, Arif Azad

Journal information

  • ISSN: 2515-6411 (Online)
  • Frequency: triannual


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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.

Our rationale can be summed up as follows: the sector is growing and is facing severe ethical and practical challenges. The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs provides 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.

Editorial board


  • Duncan McLean, MSF Switzerland – UREPH
  • Fernando Espada, Save the Children
  • Juliano Fiori, Save the Children
  • Tanja Müller, University of Manchester
  • Michaël Neuman, MSF-Crash
  • Róisín Read, University of Manchester
  • Miriam Bradley, University of Manchester
  • Gianluca Iazzolino, University of Manchester
  • Arif Azad, Institute of Social Policy Islamabad
  • Bertrand Taithe, University of Manchester

Managing editor

Phoebe Shambaugh, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

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Advisory board

  • Sharon Abramowitz, The State University of New Jersey
  • 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 Elhawary, 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
  • Lisa Ann Richey, Copenhagen Business School
  • David Rieff, non-fiction writer and journalist
  • Miriam Ticktin, The Graduate Centre, City University of New York


The editors encourage the submission of inter-disciplinary papers that challenge and advance the growing area of Humanitarian Affairs. Details of the types of articles, including extent, themes and approach are below. Articles should be prepared according to the journal’s guidelines and should consult the journal’s website for more information on how to write and prepare their article. 

Submissions are made online via the JHA ScholarOne website.

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is an Open Access journal. No fee is payable by the author or their institution to submit or publish in the journal.

Please contact the journal team at with any queries.