Shane Harrison

Humanitarian responses to the protection needs of adolescent boys in emergencies: an ethnographic case study of the Rohingya crisis response in Bangladesh

Supervisors:

Dr Cathy Vaughan, Associate Professor Richard Chenhall, Dr Karen Block

PhD Title:

Humanitarian responses to the protection needs of adolescent boys in emergencies: an ethnographic case study of the Rohingya crisis response in Bangladesh

Abstract:

Children face escalating risk of experiencing violence in humanitarian emergencies. Adolescent boys (age 10-19) are known to be at heightened risk of specific forms of violence, including family violence, neglect, trafficking, child labour and forced recruitment. This violence takes place not only during conflict, but also in transit, refugee camps and detention settings. However, little is known about how humanitarians are responding to violence against adolescent boys in crisis situations. This PhD project aims to understand how humanitarian actors are responding to the protection needs of adolescent boys in emergencies, with a particular focus on sexual violence. Employing an ethnographic approach, humanitarian operations in the Rohingya crisis response in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, will be observed over six-months of fieldwork whilst working as a Gender Adviser for Swiss organisation Terre des Hommes. The results of this research project will be integrated back into Terre des Hommes operations, hopefully building more age and gender sensitive humanitarian operations.