Dr. Rana Dajani participated and spoke at The International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) conference on (Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response. in The Hague, the Netherlands on 27-29 August 2018. Dr. Dajani spoke about the learnings collected about adapting research methodologies for use in humanitarian crisis contexts. Where she discussed and explored the importance of rigorous research in delivering effective and impactful programs to beneficiaries in development and humanitarian fields. She also explored the challenges and ways to move forward in creating collaborative partnerships between academia and reactionaries in the field.
The International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) is a network engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability. Humanitarian studies concern how humanitarian crises evolve, how they affect people and their institutions, communities and societies, and the responses they trigger.
Every two years, IHSA organizes the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies. The World Humanitarian Summit called for stronger bridges between humanitarian aid and development and urged a rethink of humanitarian governance and practice with much more space for authorities, service providers and populations of crisis-affected settings. This leaves many questions open regarding the importance of humanitarian principles and the effectiveness of the humanitarian response.