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 →

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 →

No one wants to be the “Global North”? On being a researcher across the North and South.

What are some of the emerging behavioural and ethical tendencies  in today’s research economy and what sociological harms can subsequently occur? Drawing on her extensive experience of conducting research in both the ‘global North’ and the ‘global South,’  Southern Responses to Displacement Research Associate, Dr Estella Carpi, examines different ‘hierarchical and alienating’ structures across research... Continue Reading →

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