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 Assistance and Conflict Economies: Analyzing Humanitarian Resource Networks in Darfur (Sudan)

Working in conflict settings means for humanitarian organizations that they must cope with belligerent groups and their distinct political and economic agendas – agendas that often do not comply with humanitarian norms and principles. My doctoral research project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the difficult interplay between humanitarian organizations and belligerent groups in Darfur (Sudan). I use network analysis to examine the social production and effects of inter-relations between local humanitarian resource structures and belligerent economies. I use a qualitative comparative case study design which mainly builds on long-term participant observation and interviews with three humanitarian NGOs and two conflict parties in North Darfur. Field work will start in Summer 2018.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul

Research interests

  • conflict onset and dynamics
  • local policies of humanitarian assistance, esp. local interactions of humanitarian organizations with conflict stakeholders
  • targeting and logistics of humanitarian assistance
  • social network analysis
  • organizational sociology

Workshops and Conferences

  • NEEDS 2018 - The Third Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, March 2018; Panel 7: Aidnography - The Everyday Practices Of Humanitarian Assistance (presentation and conference paper)
  • Ph.D. Workshop: "Critical perspectives on NGOs in Development" in Oslo, August 2017