Responses to Displacement in the Middle East

Conference Call for Proposals

30 November 2017, LSE


Internal displacement is a global humanitarian, human rights and security issue. Contrary to popular belief, there are far more IDPs than refugees in the world today, and the scale of the problem is challenging the capacity of humanitarian organisations and governments to respond to the needs of both IDPs and local populations. Conflict and violence being the main triggers of internal displacement, a significant proportion of IDPs are in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Turkey.

This conference welcomes papers looking at internal displacement in the Middle East (plus Afghanistan), with a country or regional focus, on any of the following questions.

Research Questions

  • What is the relationship between conflict, violence and displacement?
  • Are challenges experienced by IDPs and refugees different? Are policy responses by national and international actors to IDPs and refugees different; in what way?
  • What are the complexities involved in short-term humanitarian responses to internal displacement; and what are the drawbacks in short-termism in responding to internal displacement?
  • What are the limitations of national and international responses to internal displacement today and how should governments and international actors respond to the long-term challenges of internal displacement in relation to settlement, resettlement and return?
  • What is the relationship between resilience and displacement? Is the international policy framework on resilience problematic when it comes to displaced people (both IDPs and refugees)?
  • What are the impacts of internal displacement on state sovereignty?
  • What is the relationship between gendered vulnerabilities and internal displacement?
  • Why is conflict-related internal and external displacement neglected in the Women, Peace and Security agenda of the states the Middle East, and of those countries that receive refugees from conflict areas?
  • How and why does the experience of internal displacement in camps, urban and rural areas differ; are there any similar themes or experiences? How do gender, ethnic or religious identity, age and levels of educational attainment etc. intersect to affect the experiences of IDPs? 

To Apply

Proposals for 20-minute papers should include a paper title, an abstract (300 words), a short biographical statement, contact details and affiliation. Please use the proposal form below. 

Key Dates

Deadline for paper proposals: 22 September 2017

Notification of successful papers: 2 October 2017

Deadline for submitting papers: 16 November 2017

More Information

For more information, please visit the project webpage or contact Chelsea Milsom at

Unfortunately travel funds are not available for speakers or participants to attend the conference. Registration is free.

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Responses to Diplacement in the Middle East

Paper Proposal

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