Humanitarian Studies Centre

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Humanitarian Studies Centre

The Humanitarian Studies Centre (HSC) is a hive of initiatives and activities aimed at academic and applied research; teaching and training; networking, outreach and advocacy.

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Developing and advancing humanitarian studies in the Netherlands and internationally, with a special focus on promoting research and education in crisis-affected and vulnerable areas.

The HSC is part of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The HSC was launched with the stipend attached to the Spinoza price – the highest science award in the Netherlands – that was granted to HSC Director Professor Thea Hilhorst in 2022.

Humanitarian studies concern the study of societies and vulnerable communities experiencing humanitarian crisis. This can originate from disaster, conflict, refugee situations and/ or political collapse.

It studies the causes and impact of crisis; how people, communities and authorities respond to them, including efforts for prevention and preparedness; how humanitarian action and other external interventions are organized and affect the recovery from crises; and the institutional changes that crises and crisis response engender.


The HSC houses three additional institutes

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