"Aid is the outcome of the messy interaction of social actors struggling, negotiating and at times guessing to further their interests." – Oliver Bakewell

About me

I am an anthropologist with the Sociology of Development and Change group (SDC) at Wageningen University. My teaching and research focuses on refugee- and humanitarian studies. I am interested in humanitarian contexts and crises that become protracted, and in which aid transforms from immediate and short term intervention into a form of humanitarian governance over people and places, and its effects. Specific areas of interests are protracted crises and refugee movements in East and the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and increasingly Europe.


(2020) ‘Humanitarian spill-over: the expansion of hybrid humanitarian governance from camps to refugee hosting societies in East Africa.’ Journal of Eastern African Studies, 14(4) :669-688. (With Milou de Bruijne)

(2020) Security and conflict mitigation in EU migration ‘hotspots’ in Greece. An inquiry into the perceptions and practices of aid groups, WUR/KUNO. (With S. Weishaupt and M. Lubberdink).

(2020) Städte im Entstehen: Konturen des sich urbanisierenden Flüchtlingslagers’, Kurzdossiers: Zuwanderung, Flucht und Asyl: Aktuelle Themen. Bundeszenstrale fur politische bildung.

(2018) ‘Humanitarianism as buffer: Displacement, aid and the politics of belonging in Abyei, Sudan/South Sudan’, African Affairs 92(16).

(2018) Kakuma Refugee Camp. Humanitarian Urbanism in Kenya’s Accidental City. London: Zed Books

(2017) ‘The humanitarian protectorate of South Sudan? Understanding insecurity for humanitarians in a political economy of aid.’ The Journal of Modern African Studies 55(3): 349-370.

(2017) ‘Risky relations?: Aid, security and access for recovery in South Sudan.’ In: People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-Economic Recovery (edited by Hilhorst, D, B. Weijs, G. van der Haar, Gemma). London: Routledge: 173 – 190.

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

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

(2016) ‘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

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