Increasing the interdisciplinary analytical skills and competences amongst humanitarian researchers and practitioners, in the North and South, is a must if the humanitarian system wants to remain relevant in the 21st century.

About me

Joost Herman is professor of Globalisation studies and humanitarian action. He studied History and International Law in Leiden and conducted PhD research at the Institute for Human Rights at the University of Utrecht into the protection of minority groups in Central and Eastern Europe. He joined the University of Groningen in 1995, became University Reader in International Relations and International Organization in 2003, and professor in 2012. He is one of the founders of the international master’s degree programme Network On Humanitarian Action (NOHA), served from 2005 to 2014 as financial director of the NOHA Network and was appointed President of the NOHA Association in September 2014. His second and final term will end in April 2020. Herman is also Director of the Institute for Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) and chairman of the Department of International Relations and International Organisation.


P. Gibbons, R. McDermott, S. Maitra and J. Herman, “Building on the Capacities of Crisis-affected Populations: from Victims to Actors”, Development Policy Review (Spring 2017)

L. Heyse, A. Zwitter, R. Wittek and J. Herman eds., Humanitarian Crises, Intervention and Security: A Framework for Evidence-Based Programming (Routledge; Boulder 2014).

A. Zwitter, C.K. Lamont, H.J. Heintze and J. Herman eds., Humanitarian Action: Global, Regional and Domestic Legal Responses (Cambridge University Press; Cambridge 2014).

J. Herman, The Socialisation of Globalisation (Inaugural Speech; Groningen 2014).

J. Herman, “NATO and Humanitarian Organisations. Bien ennuies de se trouver ensemble”, in:

M. Drent, A. van den Assem and J. de Wilde, NATO’s retirement? Essays in honour of Peter

Volten (CESS Greenwood papers; Groningen 2011) pp. 105-116.

D.Dijkzeul, J. Herman and D. Hilhorst, ‘Social Dynamics of Humanitarian Action’, Disasters (Special Issue; April 2010) pp. 127-129. Peer reviewed journal.

D.Dijkzeul, J. Herman and D. Hilhorst, ‘Editorial: Social Dynamics of Humanitarian Action’ Disasters (Special Issue; April 2010). 145 pp. Peer reviewed journal.

D. Dijkzeul en J. Herman ed., Humanitaire Ruimte. Tussen onpartijdigheid en politiek (Gent University Press; December 2009) 226 p.

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