The Politics and Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism

Thu Oct 12 2023 at 04:00 pm to 05:30 pm

The University of Manchester | Manchester

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
Publisher/HostHumanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
The Politics and Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism
Book launch and Q&A with HCRI's Dr Miriam Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies
About this Event


This is the first of HCRI public events programme for 2023/24. Dr Bradley will discuss her 2023 book The Politics and Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism, followed by questions and discussion.

  • This is a hybrid event - the in-person venue is Roscoe Lecture Theatre A and the online element is on Zoom.
  • All are welcome, including UoM staff, students and the public.
  • Tickets are free but registration essential.
  • If you have any accessibility concerns or questions, please contact [email protected]


Through a combination of detailed case studies of humanitarian emergencies and thematic chapters which cover key concepts, actors and activities, this book explores the work of the largest international humanitarian agencies. Its central argument is that politics play a fundamental role in determining humanitarian needs, practices, and outcomes. In making this argument, the book highlights the many challenges and dilemmas facing humanitarian agencies in the contemporary world. It covers significant ground-temporally, geographically and thematically.

The book is divided into four sections, providing a wide-ranging survey of contemporary international humanitarianism. The first section begins by presenting chapter-length case studies of the international responses to eleven humanitarian emergencies from the 1960s to the present day across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe; the second explains key concepts and trends in international humanitarianism; the third discusses how the work of international humanitarian agencies interacts with a range of other actors-including media, celebrities, donors, states, civil society, military forces and armed groups-who have significant impacts on humanitarian response and outcomes; and the fourth turns to the operations and activities undertaken by aid agencies on a daily basis.

Ideally suited as a high-level introduction for students of international humanitarianism, the empirical detail and lucid analysis additionally make The Politics and Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism an invaluable point of reference for more established scholars.


Dr Miriam Bradley is a Senior Lecturer in the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester.

Her research focuses on international responses to conflict, violence and migration, and she is the author of Protecting Civilians in War (OUP, 2016). Prior to joining HCRI, she was an Associate Professor at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, and she has also held research and teaching positions at the Geneva Graduate Institute, University College London, the University of Oxford, and Oxford Brookes University.

She has a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, for which she won the 2012 Winchester Prize.


The hosts are the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), a University of Manchester-based centre for the study of humanitarianism and conflict response, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding.

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The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, United Kingdom


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