About IHSA


The International Humanitarian Studies Association is a network engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by disaster, conflict or political instability. Humanitarian studies concern how humanitarian crises evolve, how they affect people and their institutions, communities and societies, and the responses they trigger.

IHSA forms a platform for the different disciplines that address humanitarian studies. It offers a venue where these scholarly communities can meet and debate their different insights and understanding of humanitarian crises, in dialogue with policy actors and implementing agencies. IHSA equally welcomes academic scholars, consultants, policy researchers, and reflective practitioners among its membership. If you are not a member already, please join us today!

Every two years, IHSA organises the World Humanitarian Studies Conference. More information can be found on our conference website.

Read our statement below

Statement of Commitments from Humanitarian Scholars at the World Humanitarian Summit (Spanish version available under this link)


The Association is registered in the Netherlands under the registration (kvk) number: 70739404. Our secretariat is currently hosted in building of the The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.

Download our statutes in the link below.