Dr Jessica Hawkins

Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies

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Research interests

Jessica’s current research interests lie in the historical sociology of camp formation. This traces the concepts and themes which underpin modern forms of incarceration, such as refugee camps and their linkages to the camps of the past.

Her second research area focuses on Teaching Humanitarianism; examining how we teach difficult subjects related to violence, conflict and displacement. In particular, she is researching the value of student research visits to conflict-affected societies.

Her previous research interests are focused on state formation in developing countries from a historical sociology perspective. Specifically, her PhD looked at power relations within states including military and political power with a particular focus on intrastate conflict and state service delivery in Uganda. She is also interested in state-led humanitarian responses to displaced people from a historical perspective.

She welcomes PhD supervision enquiries on the historical sociology of state formation and the camp, conflict and development; colonial and missionary “humanitarianism”; state-led humanitarianism; and histories of displacement. She would particularly welcome projects on East African contexts. Further, she would be interested in supervising projects related to the pedagogy of teaching conflict and violence.


Research and projects

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