PHASE 3 : Analyzes the causes of conceptual variation

After having analysed the shared and the contested attributes of a concept within the humanitarian sector, the third research question is: What are the causes of this conceptual variation?

We will in particular examine how organizational, geographical and disciplinary factors give concepts their distinct meaning over time.

Based on the results of the descriptive analysis of concepts, case studies will be selected in partnership with humanitarian actors to explore how historical, organizational, cultural and disciplinary factors combined may lead to the existence of diverging conceptions of humanitarianism.

The methodology for Phase 3 will be further developed in 2019.