Humanitarian action involves by essence many different professional disciplines. Even if a humanitarian organization has historically developed its activities in a specific professional sector (e.g. law, public health, engineering), the multi-faceted character of humanitarian crises has often led organizations to acquire expertise in a wide variety of disciplines. Lawyers and managers thus need to understand and often cooperate with doctors and political scientists.
Also, the complexity of current crises and responses, necessarily calls for knowledge of, and approaches stemming from, a wide spectrum of disciplines which include Political Science, International Relations, Law, History, Development Studies, Medicine and Public Health, Epidemiology, Education, Ethics, Economics, Communication, Environmental science, Conflict studies, Refugee studies, Gender studies, Administration and Management, Demography, Geography, Engineering, Statistics, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy). Analysing the conceptual frame of the sector thus implies to develop an interdisciplinary approach
Research areas of publications having “humanitarian” in their title (1900 – 2017) (Source : Web of Science)