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Bringing Social Class into Humanitarian Debates: The Case of Northern Lebanon – Part Two The Hidden Role of Social Class

In Part Two of this two-part series examining class-based inequality that can be both ignored and exacerbated by humanitarian programmes and aid workers, Dr Carpi draws on research conducted for the Southern Responses to Displacement project and argues that economic changes brought about by the introduction of a humanitarian economy of consumerism and labour in... Continue Reading →

Bringing Social Class into Humanitarian Debates: The Case of Northern Lebanon – Part One

‘Little attention has been paid to the class-based inequality that the very presence of humanitarian agencies produces in crisis-affected settings’ argues Dr Estella Carpi, Southern Responses to Displacement’s Research Associate, in this two-part blog series.  Drawing on observations made during research carried out in Northern Lebanon for the Southern Responses to Displacement project, Dr Carpi... Continue Reading →

Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discusses ‘Decolonisation in Forced Migration and Humanitarian Response’

Southern Responses to Displacement's PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, will join Juilano Fiori, Head of Humanitarian Studies at Save the Children and Patricia Daley from Oxford University, to discuss ‘Decolonisation in Forced Migration and Humanitarian Response.’ Speakers will reflect on Eurocentrism, anti-colonial thinking, and the importance of de-colonising aid, examining how humanitarianism takes a ‘Western’ approach,... Continue Reading →

Humanitarian leadership: developing social capital with affected populations

How can building friendships and social capital between humanitarian actors and local citizens and organisations (in particular, affected populations) help to break the ‘epistemic bubbles’ in which humanitarian actors often operate? Currently, social capital is readily built between humanitarian leaders and agency chiefs, country directors, cluster coordinators, key authorities, and donors. However, humanitarian organisations often adopt... Continue Reading →

Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh to deliver webinar: ‘Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement.’

On January 21st 2021 at 17.30pm (GMT), Southern Responses to Displacement's PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh will deliver “Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement” for the Mellon Sawyer series: 'Humanitarians. Migrations and Care through the Global South' hosted by the Simpson Center, University of Washington. Her presentation will be followed by a graduate seminar... Continue Reading →

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