IFHV Working Papers

In 2011, the IFHV and the Ruhr University Bochum decided to set up an IFHV Working Paper Series in humanitarian studies. In line with the IFHV's multidisciplinary profile, we intend to publish a broad range of papers in the field of humanitarian studies. Our Working Paper Series publishes 'work in progress'. The Working Paper Series intends to stimulate the humanitarian discourse, contribute to the advancement of the knowledge and understanding of the practices, policies and norms of humanitarian action, and last but not least seeks to attract comments, which improve the content of the working paper for further publications.

The Working Paper Series allows IFHV staff and students, and like-minded researchers in the field of humanitarian studies to bring their work and ideas to the attention of a wider audience.

In order to publishing high-level working papers, the papers offered for publication will be technically screened by the editors of the Working Paper Series and subjected to an international, external blind review process.

  • Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielboerger, Editor
  • Benedikt Behlert, Editor


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  • Prof. Gilles Carbonnier, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Eberwein, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Grenoble, France.
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Malanczuk, C.V. Starr Professor of Law, Peking University School of Transnational Law, China.
  • Prof. Janice Gross Stein, Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada.

Given the multi-disciplinary character of the Working Paper Series, the papers have to be formatted in one of the most recognized journals in the field of study the author wants to locate her or his paper in. Consistent adherent to a particular style is a prerequisite for acceptance.
Manusscripts can be submitted to the editors.


Vol. 10, No. 2, December 2020
WEYMANN, CARLA MARIE: How to Care in a Cowboy Culture - Strengthening Humanitarian Operational Leaders’ Capacities for Staff Care in Field Missions [PDF]

Vol. 10, No. 1, September 2020
BOHLEN, RAFAEL: „¡Que salga el régimen!“ Transnationale Handlungsräume zwischen „Exit, Voice and Loyalty“ — Eine explorative Fallstudie zu (forcierter) Migration und politischem Aktivismus venezolanischer Migranten in Kolumbien [PDF]

Vol. 9, No. 1, March 2019
SEVRIN, ASTRID: The Marginalization of Girls Associated with Armed Groups. A Qualitative Field Study of the Gender-Based Challenges in the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Intervention in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo [PDF]

Vol. 8, No. 1, September 2018
HORSTMAN, LARA: Ready to Change Perspective? How a Changed Perspective on Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) Can Tackle the Weakness of Development Assistance in Protracted Crise [PDF]

Vol. 7, No. 1, December 2017
MIHALIK, EVA: Should Peace Be Built by Delivering Justice? An Assessment of the Duty to Prosecute Crimes against International Law [PDF]

Vol. 6, No. 2, December 2016
BRÖHL, JANINA: To Deliver and Stay Secure [PDF]

Vol. 6, No. 1, October 2016
BOSSO, FRANCESCO: Cooperation-based Non-entrée. What prospects for legal accountability? [PDF]

Vol. 5, No. 3, October 2015
KEWELOH, RONJA: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Theory and Practice: A Case Study of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Asia [PDF]

Vol. 5, No. 2, September 2015
BEHLERT, BENEDIKT: Die Unabhängigkeit der Krim: Annexion oder Sezession? [PDF]

Vol. 5, No. 1, August 2015
GARDENER, J. LILY: Under the Ash Cloud. Gender Distinctions in the Resilience of Kemiri Community towards Mount Merapi Volcanic Activity [PDF]

Vol. 4, No. 3, May 2014
ENGLER, STEVEN; KÖSTERS, JOHANNES & SIEBERT, ANNE: Farmers Food Insecurity Monitoring
Identifying Situations of Food Insecurity and Famine [PDF]

Vol. 4, No. 2, May 2014
BAGHERZADEH, NAZANIN: Death in Disaster - Actions and Attitudes towards Dead Body Management after
Disasters in Yogyakart [PDF]

Vol. 4, No 1, March 2014
KRING, FRANZISKA: Die Bedeutung der Schutzverantwortung in den Resolutionen 1970 und 1973 des Sicherheitsrates [PDF]

Vol. 3, No. 3, December 2013
LÜLF, CHARLOTTE: Modern Technologies and Targeting under International Humanitarian Law [PDF]

Vol. 3, No. 2, October 2013
KÖNIGSTEIN, HEIKO FABIAN: The Influence of Mental Health on Reconciliation in Post-War Lebanon
An Explorative Field Based Study Using Grounded Theory Research [PDF]

Vol. 3, No. 1, October 2013
KOTH, MARKUS: Civil-Military Cooperation and lts Impact on Human Security - Chances and Limits
The Example of the Australian Defence Forces in East Timor (1999 and 2006) [PDF]

Vol. 2, No. 2, August 2012
BECK, JOHANNES: Contested Land in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Anatomy of the Land-Related Intervention [PDF]

Vol. 2, No. 1, May 2012
WULF, JAN: A Balanced Scorecard for the Humanitarian Sector?
Adaptability of the Balanced Scorecard Model to Sector-Wide Performance Management in Humanitarian Aid
Feasibility and Implications [PDF]

Vol. 1, No. 2, August 2011
GARAVOGLIA , MATTEO: Germany's Humanitarian Aid and Media Reporting on Natural Catastrophes. An Investigation of the Relationship between Issue Salience and the Provision of Humanitarian Aid at the Beginning of the 21st Century [PDF]

Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2011
ALIYEV, HUSEYN: Aid Efficiency in an Armed Conflict - The Role of Civil Society in the Escalation of Violence in the North Caucasus. [PDF]