Darina Pellowska

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PhD Student

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.23 / 2.24 / 2.27 / 2.32
44789 Bochum


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Research Project

Humanitarian Aid in Conflict: A Political Economy of Belligerent-Humanitarian Interrelations

Politically unstable and conflict-affected environments have become central areas of international humanitarian response. In 2015, the top ten receiving countries of humanitarian funding were all affected by internal conflict. More than half of the overall 2015 international humanitarian assistance took place in (internal) conflict zones. In these high-risk working environments, humanitarian NGOs rely on collaboration with a variety of political, social and economic actors, including conflict parties.
My research project aims to better understand the belligerent-humanitarian relationship in internal armed conflict from a political economy perspective. The comparative network analysis examines the economic interrelations among international humanitarian NGOs and belligerent groups with the help of a case study and includes both, actor-centered and structure-centered arguments.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul

Research interests

Conflict onset and dynamics, politics and policies of humanitarian aid, esp. political interactions of humanitarian organizations with local stakeholders; targeting and delivery of humanitarian assistance, network analysis


Ph.D. Workshop: "Critical perspectives on NGOs in Development" in Oslo, August 2017