Our mission is to provide a research platform for researchers from various faculties of the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute (IHEID) and humanitarian organisations. The key objective is to encourage a critical assessment of humanitarian practice in order to improve humanitarian response. 


Our research is essentially multidisciplinary, reflecting the multifaceted nature of humanitarian action. Research activities continue to be developed in three main areas :

  • Multidisciplinary research programmes examining various aspects of the humanitarian enterprise
  • Research on particular humanitarian interventions with interested partners
  • Studies and analyses for humanitarian organisations responding to their specific needs

Our academic excellence is reflected by the numerous publications of original research by our staff and lecturers in leading peer-reviewed journals and volumes.


Humanitarian EncyclopediaThe centre's flagship research project, the Humanitarian Encyclopedia, offers a conceptual framework for humanitarian action, and provides a dynamic platform for national and international practitioners, community leaders, policy makers and academics to reflect on humanitarian concepts and practice for the 21st century.

By supporting a wide range of stakeholders and leveraging partnerships, the project will:

  • contribute to improve the quality of humanitarian policies and operational responses;
  • inspire innovation by strengthening the knowledge-policy interface and engaging academics;
  • foster change in ways of working with national actors; and
  • empower a broader, more informed and more cohesive humanitarian movement.

Visit the new Humanitarian Encyclopedia website