We believe that evidence-driven, field-based research must play a central role in addressing the suffering found in humanitarian crises, human rights failures, and war. Our work is focused on seven areas of inquiry that we believe are critical to understanding the changing nature of crises.

7 Research Themes

Humanitarianism and Politics

Humanitarianism and Politics

Humanitarian intervention is an essential safety net for the most vulnerable. However, politics and power always define the context in which humanitarian action takes place.

Upholding Human Rights in the Face of Violence

Upholding Human Rights in the Face of Violence

Protection of human rights is a primary obligation of the state. However, during armed conflict, mass flight across borders, or transitions from conflict to post-conflict, the state may be unwilling or unable to fulfill that obligation.