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

About me

Bram Jansen is assistant professor at Wageningen university, teaching about and researching refugees and forced migration, protracted refugee situations and humanitarian aid. He holds 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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