Interdisciplinary concept analysis

To be rigorous, the analysis of concepts needs to be based on a scientifically rigorous method. A team of linguists will work together with a multidisciplinary panel of experts to analyse how concepts are defined and used across organizations and disciplines.

At the outset, a corpus of data will be constituted by a representative set of documents such as :

  • most recent strategies published by a diverse range of humanitarian stakeholders;
  • position or internal papers produced by humanitarian stakeholders;
  • peer reviewed scientific articles related to the use of specific concepts in humanitarian action;
  • reference reports on concepts published by humanitarian support groups and think tanks.

This innovative terminological method, based on machine learning, is key to enable the treatment of a large amount of data.

Interdisciplinary teams of experts will then be asked to :

  • interpret the result of the terminological analysis;
  • collectively write the Encyclopedia entries describing patterns of conceptual variation;
  • elaborate hypotheses on the causes and consequences of such variation.

The Encyclopedia relies on the active involvement of humanitarian actors at each stage of the research process. During this phase, humanitarian practitioners will:

  • Co-create, together with the team of scholars, a corpus of reference documents defining and discussing the selected concepts
  • Discuss the conceptual entries written by the interdisciplinary team of scholars

A pilot test of the terminological method on a sample of concepts will be carried out in 2018. Want to know the exact date ? Check our website regularly or follow us on Twitter.