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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Humanitarianism and Development

Humanitarianism and Development is an inter-disciplinary research group that engages with the cross-cutting themes around humanitarian intervention and development, both theoretically and based on empirical research.

It is a collaborative group jointly convened and managed by members from the Global Development Institute (GDI) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI).

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One of our core objectives is to bring PhD students and other postgraduate researchers together, and each year a number of seminars and workshops are organised by the joint GDI and HCRI postgraduate research community.

Our research focuses on wider issues of humanitarian intervention, including its ethics, politics and power structures, as well as its relationship to development policies and practice, with a particular focus on (post-) conflict settings.

This reflects not only an interest in theoretically analysing dynamics behind humanitarian and developmental interventions and their linkages, but equally to contribute to changes in the practice of intervention.

Academic staff

  • Tanja Müller (GDI and HCRI)
  • Rubina Jasani (HCRI)
  • Roger Mac Ginty (HCRI and Politics)
  • Maura Duffy (HCRI)
  • Tim Jacoby (GDI and HCRI)
  • Bertrand Taithe (History and HCRI)
  • Alfredo Stein Heinemann (PEM and GURC)
  • Kirsten Howarth (HCRI)
  • Uma Kothari (GDI)

Find out more about our staff:

PhD students

Karolina Olofson, Helen Underhill (GDI/ED), Cathy Wilcock (GDI), Jasmin Ramovic and Birte Vogel.

Key publications and resources

  • The Humanitarianism and Development area on the GDI website
  • Bertrand Taithe (2007) Horror, Abjection and Compassion: From Dunant to Compassion Fatigue. new formations 62(1): 123-136.
  • Tanja Müller (2013) The long shadow of Band Aid humanitarianism: Revisiting the dynamics between famine and celebrity. Third World Quarterly (34)3: 470-484