IHSA Book Series

The Routledge Humanitarian Studies series is a collaboration with the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA). The series editors are Alex de Waal, Dorothea Hilhorst, Mihir Bhatt and Annette Jansen.

The series takes a comprehensive approach to the growing field of expertise that is humanitarian studies. This field is concerned with humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability and deals with the study of how humanitarian crises evolve, how they affect people and their institutions and societies, and the responses they trigger.

We invite book proposals that address, amongst other topics, questions of aid delivery, institutional aspects of service provision, the dynamics of rebel wars, state building after war, the international architecture of peacekeeping, the ways in which ordinary people continue to make a living throughout crises, and the effect of crises on gender relations. This interdisciplinary series draws on and is relevant to a range of disciplines, including development studies, international relations, international law, anthropology, peace and conflict studies, public health and migration studies.

Please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk) to discuss book projects.


Disaster Research – Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives
Edited by Rasmus Dahlberg, Olivier Rubin and Morten Thanning Vendelo

This book brings together in one multidisciplinary volume the key approaches in disaster research. It is structured thematicallyaround key approaches to disaster research from a wide range of academic disciplines including the law of disasters, disaster historiography, disaster politics, disasters as culture, anthropology of disaster, organizational theory of disaster management, and disaster psychology.

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Disaster, Conflict and Society in Crises Everyday Politics of Crisis Response
Edited by Professor Dorothea Hilhorst

Humanitarian crises, whether they result from conflict, natural disaster or political collapse are usually perceived as complete breaks from normality, spurring special emergency policies and interventions. This book questions this assumption, arguing that there are both continuities and discontinuitiesbetween crisis and normality. Using a wealth of international case studies from a team of leading experts, the book examines what this means for the social and political dynamics of institutional response, international policy and aid interventions in crises.

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Human Security and Natural Disasters
Edited by Paul Bacon, Christopher Hobson and Robin Cameron.

This book develops human security not only through extending it to natural disasters, but also by demonstrating how it can be developed by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. To date, the interdisciplinary dimension of human security has not received sufficient attention. The book demonstrates the value of drawing on a wide range of voices and examines the vulnerability of social groups and communities in the event of a disaster, and how they collectively empower themselves to prevent, respond to and recover from disasters.

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Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disaster  Responding to the 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
Edited by Paul Bacon, Christopher Hobson

The book identifies the many different forms of human insecurity that were produced or exacerbated within Japan by the triple disaster. Each chapter adds to the contemporary literature by identifying the vulnerability of Japanese social groups and communities, and examining how they collectively seek to prevent, respond to and recover from disaster. Emphasis is given to analysis of the more encouraging signs of human empowerment that have occurred. Contributors draw on a wide range of perspectives, from disciplines such as: disaster studies, environmental studies, gender studies, international relations, Japanese studies, philosophy and sociology.

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The Paradoxes of Aid Work – Passionate Professionals
by Silke Roth

While the success and failure of development cooperation and humanitarian aid have found extensive coverage in the academic literature and the public debate, studies that address the experience of aid workers are still rare. This book explores the life worlds of people working in aid and analyses the processes that lead to the involvement in development cooperation, emergency relief and human rights work and what impact aid work has on the life-courses of aid workers, including their relationships with friends, family and partners.

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The New Humanitarians in International Practice – Emerging Actors and Contested Principles
Edited by Zeynep Sezgin, Dennis Dijkzeul

This book sheds light on why and how new humanitarian actors engage in humanitarian action and how their humanitarian activities are perceived in their (transnational) organisational environment. It provides detailed international and empirical comparisons between the ‘new’ humanitarians and traditional humanitarian actors, in particular those which focus on the relative level of commitment to humanitarian principles. It thus elucidates the role of the humanitarian principles in promoting coherence and coordination in the crowded and diverse world of humanitarian actors.

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