Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is an exciting, new open access journal hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, and Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. It will contribute to current thinking around humanitarian governance, policy and practice with academic rigour and political courage. The journal will challenge contributors and readers to think critically about humanitarian issues that are often approached from reductionist assumptions about what experience and evidence mean. It will cover contemporary, historical, methodological and applied subject matters and will bring together studies, debates and literature reviews. The journal will engage with these through diverse online content, including peer reviewed articles, expert interviews, policy analyses, literature reviews and ‘spotlight’ features.

Our rationale can be summed up as follows: the sector is growing and is facing severe ethical and practical challenges. The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs will provide a space for serious and inter-disciplinary academic and practitioner exchanges on pressing issues of international interest.

The journal aims to be a home and platform for leading thinkers on humanitarian affairs, a place where ideas are floated, controversies are aired and new research is published and scrutinised. Areas in which submissions will be considered include humanitarian financing, migrations and responses, the history of humanitarian aid, failed humanitarian interventions, media representations of humanitarianism, the changing landscape of humanitarianism, the response of states to foreign interventions and critical debates on concepts such as resilience or security.

 

 

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is an exciting, new open access journal hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, and Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. Contributing to current thinking around humanitarian governance, policy and practice with academic rigour and political courage, the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs challenges contributors and readers to think critically about humanitarian issues that are often approached from reductionist assumptions about what experience and evidence mean. The journal engages with contemporary, historical, methodological and applied subject matters through diverse online content, including peer reviewed articles, expert interviews, policy analyses, literature reviews and ‘spotlight’ features.

The journal was founded on the belief that the sector is growing and facing severe ethical and practical challenges. The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs provides a space for serious and inter-disciplinary academic and practitioner exchanges on pressing issues of international interest.

The journal aims to be a home and platform for leading thinkers on humanitarian affairs, a place where ideas are tested, controversies are aired and new research is published and scrutinised. Areas in which submissions will be considered include humanitarian financing, migrations and responses, the history of humanitarian aid, failed humanitarian interventions, media representations of humanitarianism, the changing landscape of humanitarianism, the response of states to foreign interventions and critical debates on concepts such as resilience or security


Open Access Policy

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is a fully Open Access journal. No fee is payable by the author or their institution to submit or publish in the journal. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of the articles under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence:

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/


Ethics

Manchester University Press is committed to upholding high ethical standards across all of its journals and providing guidance in order to meet these standards. See here for a summary of our expectations for authors, reviewers and editors.


Copyright notice

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND), which allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal. The work may not be remixed, transformed or built upon and any reuse or sharing must be non-commercial.

 

Editors

Fernando Espada, Save the Children
Juliano Fiori, Save the Children
Duncan McLean, MSF Switzerland – UREPH
Tanja Müller, University of Manchester
Michaël Neuman, MSF-CRASH
Róisín Read, University of Manchester
Isabelle Schläpfer, University of Bern
Gemma Sou, University of Manchester and RMIT University
Bertrand Taithe, University of Manchester

Managing Editor

Phoebe Shambaugh
University of Manchester
Email: phoebe.shambaugh@manchester.ac.uk

Advisory Board

Sharon Abramowitz, The State University of New Jersey
Heba Aly, The New Humanitarian
Urvashi Aneja, Jindal School of International Affairs
Laëtitia Atlani-Duault, Columbia University
John Borton, HPG Overseas Development Institute
Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Chatham House
Samir Elhawary, OCHA
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University of College London
Dorothea Hilhorst, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Shani Orgad, London School of Economics and Political Science
David Rieff, non-fiction writer and journalist

 

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is a fully Open Access journal. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of the articles under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence:

 

 

Information for authors


The editors encourage the submission of inter-disciplinary papers that challenge and advance the growing area of Humanitarian Affairs. Further details of the types of articles the journal accepts and calls for papers can be found on the JHA website. Articles must be prepared according to the journal’s style guidelines.


Call for Papers


In addition to journal’s general call for submissions, the editors invite proposals to the following special issue:

The Politics of Infectious Disease

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed discussions on infectious disease to intense levels, notably around why some individuals and communities have proven more vulnerable than others. Indeed, during the early stages of the pandemic it was said to know no politics or borders and not discriminate. Unsurprisingly, reality has proven more complicated, with both risk and mortality unevenly distributed. Much as measles thrives in contexts of forced displacement, or tuberculosis disproportionately affects low-income settings with crammed living spaces, Covid-19 has developed its own particularities, often closely intertwined with the respective responses.

However much scientific and data-based rationales are pushed to the fore, public health prerogatives also reflect the domestic priorities and biases of those who designed them. Strategies to deal with infectious disease are likewise susceptible to political interests, all the more so when the scope is international. Again, the varying national health plans and related discourse around the Covid-19 pandemic are a case in point. There are however multiple examples, both historical and contemporary, that provide similar illustrations. The humanitarian sector also faces specific challenges when navigating the global health environment and responding to outbreaks of infectious disease.

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs welcomes submissions to all questions on humanitarian action but encourages critical and original contributions around the politics of infectious disease, along with the related implications for humanitarian organizations. These contributions may touch on Covid-19 but we encourage articles on broader issues. In particular, we call for articles around “communications and epidemics”, “modelling and prediction”, “community engagement, the meanings and the limits of the notion”, “humanitarian response to Covid-19 in rich countries”, “discrimination and epidemics / infectious diseases”, “the politics and ethics of research into epidemics and infectious disease in ‘precarious’ settings”, “the aid economy of epidemics response”, and “the role of international humanitarian actors in epidemic response”.

Deadline, Submission and Review Process:

- Initial abstract submission: please email abstracts to Duncan McLean (duncan.mclean@geneva.msf.org) and Michael Neuman (michael.neuman@paris.msf.org) - 1 February 2021

- abstract acceptance and invitation to submit full paper - 1 March 2021

- Initial manuscript submission - May 2021