Humanitarian technology: a critical research agenda

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert; John Karlsrud & Mareile Kaufmann (2014) Humanitarian technology: a critical research agenda, International Review of the Red Cross. DOI: 10.1017/S1816383114000344.

Abstract:

New technology may offer many opportunities for humanitarian action, but it also presents a number of challenges. Currently, most of the critical analysis of these potential challenges takes place in the blogosphere, on tweets and on listservs. There is a strong need for more scholarly engagement on the subject. This article offers an agenda for critical inquiry into the emergent field of humanitarian technology as applied to a broadly defined context of crises, encompassing both natural disasters and conflict zones, by identifying what technology does to the humanitarian enterprise, and by reflecting on the key challenges that emerge.

Available at Cambridge University Press

Authors

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Research Professor

Mareile Kaufmann

Mareile Kaufmann

Senior Researcher

Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert

Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert

Research Director, Senior Researcher

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