Write about a humanitarian concept

Humanitarian Encyclopedia calls for contributors to explain 129 concepts most central to humanitarian action.

Make the Humanitarian Encyclopedia yours!
Apply to author a concept here

The Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies is looking for researchers and humanitarian practitioners to co-produce concept entries for the Humanitarian Encyclopedia research project.

We are currently focusing on the following concepts which have been important in the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • communication
  • community engagement
  • contingency planning
  • crisis
  • emergency
  • epidemic
  • ethics
  • health
  • livelihood
  • monitoring
  • prevention
  • psychosocial support
  • sanitation
  • solidarity

The Humanitarian Encyclopedia (HE) offers an inclusive online space for dialogue and promotes co-production of new knowledge to enhance collaboration in future humanitarian responses. In particular, the Humanitarian Encyclopedia is:

  • A living repository of co-produced humanitarian concepts
  • An open source library of relevant humanitarian resources
  • A dynamic mapping of humanitarian actors

Concept entries are the basis of the HE’s interactive repository of humanitarian concepts. Drafted by expert authors from both academic and practitioner backgrounds, these concept entries will help shed light on the HE’s primary research question: How are the central concepts of humanitarian practice defined and used across the humanitarian field? 

Our objective is not to provide a single definition of each concept, but to examine which dimensions of a concept’s definition are consensual and which are contested, and to explain variations in their usage and meaning across geography, organisation type, and other variables. 

In this way, the conceptual entries will serve as a starting point for further conversation and analysis by humanitarian practitioners and academics around the world, who will meet in the HE’s online space and co-produce new forms of knowledge that guide future humanitarian responses.

For more information and to apply for a concept,
please visit see the author package page.