Call for proposals for research on effective collaboration in urban humanitarian responses

News, 4 November 2015
Researchers have until 23 November, 2015 to apply for IIED funding for research on effective collaboration in urban humanitarian responses.

The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in streets of Tacloban City, the Philippines. Reconstruction work is expected to take years (Photo: Eoghan Rice - Trócaire/Caritas, Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons)

IIED is inviting proposals (PDF) for original research projects that contribute to an improved understanding of the ways in which local actors, including municipalities, government agencies and local civil society, can collaborate with humanitarian agencies for a more effective humanitarian response in urban contexts.

The Urban Crises Learning Fund is a three-year project that aims to build an in-depth understanding of how the humanitarian sector can most effectively operate in urban contexts and work with urban actors.

With funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), the fund will work to fill evidence gaps by facilitating primary research, reflecting on past humanitarian responses, developing new tools, and learning from experiences in other fields. 

This is the first of a series of thematic calls for research proposals which will be issued by the IIED Urban Crises Learning Fund throughout 2015/16.

Further information:

  • The focus of this call is on examining the ways in which local actors and humanitarian actors can collaborate in the context of an urban humanitarian response, and the opportunities and challenges offered by such collaboration

  • Successful applicants will be expected to produce a working paper (up to 15,000 words) and a policy briefing paper (2,000 words) to be published in English
  • IIED will facilitate a process of review of the working papers and will provide editorial support in the publication process
  • IIED expects each research project to last three to six months, with an expected contract start date of 15 January 2016 and completion and publication of research outputs by September 2016, and
  • IIED encourages collaborative research projects where local partners play a substantial role in the study process. 

Submission process:

  • The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Monday, 23 November 2015. 
  • Full details are in the PDF guidelines. Submissions and any queries should be sent to Diane Archer by email (


Diane Archer (, researcher, IIED's Human Settlements Group

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