Focus: refugees and forced migration, protracted refugee situations and humanitarian aid.

About me

I am assistant professor at Wageningen university, teaching about and researching refugees and forced migration, protracted refugee situations and humanitarian aid. I hold a PhD based on an ethnographic study of social ordering processes in protracted refugee situations in Kenya and a post-doc based on an ethnographic study of humanitarian decision-making processes in South Sudan.


The humanitarian protectorate of South Sudan? Understanding insecurity for humanitarians in a political economy of aid Jansen, Bram J. (2017) The Journal of Modern African Studies 55 (3). – p. 349 – 370.

Risky relations?: Aid, security and access for recovery in South Sudan Jansen, Bram J. (2017) In: People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-Economic Recovery / Hilhorst, Dorothea, Weijs, Bart, van der Haar, Gemma, Taylor and Francis Inc., (Routledge humanitarian studies ) – p. 173 – 190.

The Refugee Camp as Warscape: Violent Cosmologies, “Rebelization,” and Humanitarian Governance in Kakuma, Kenya Jansen, Bram J. (2016) Humanity: an International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 7 (3). – p. 429 – 441.

The protracted refugee camp and the consolidation of a ‘humanitarian urbanism’
Jansen, B.J. (2016) International Journal of Urban and Regional Research .

‘Digging aid’ : The camp as an option in east and the horn of Africa
Jansen, Bram J. (2016) Journal of refugee studies 29 (2). – p. 151 – 165.

Two decades of ordering refugees: The development of institutional multiplicity in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp Jansen, B.J. (2013) In: Disaster, Conflict and Society in Crises; Everyday politics of crisis response / Hilhorst, D., Londen and New York : Routledge, (Routledge Humanitarian Studies Series 1) – p. 114 – 131.

Constructing rights and wrongs in humanitarian action: contributions from a sociology of praxis
Hilhorst, D.J.M. ; Jansen, B.J. (2012) Sociology : the Journal of the British Sociological Association 46 (5). – p. 891 – 905.

The accidental city : violence, economy and humanitarianism in Kakuma refugee camp Kenya
Jansen, B.J. (2011) PhD thesis, Wageningen University.

Humanitarian Space as Arena: A Perspective on the Everyday Politics of Aid
Hilhorst, D.J.M. ; Jansen, B.J. (2010) Development and Change 41 (6). – p. 1117 – 1139.

Between vulnerability and assertiveness: negotiating resettlement in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya
Jansen, B.J. (2008) African Affairs 107 (429). – p. 569 – 587.

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