The Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies is a unique teaching, research and policy platform for humanitarian action. We are a joint centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva, two internationally renowned centres of academic excellence. Read about our most recent achievements in 2020 here.

Our vision

To be a global centre for academic excellence rooted in humanitarian practice, providing high quality education and training, and serving as a global policy hub for the humanitarian sector. Find out more about our vision here.

Our mission

Our mission is to contribute to a better, more effective, humanitarian response.

We offer high quality post-graduate courses that enable humanitarian professionals and graduates to make a difference and improve the lives of people affected by conflicts, epidemics, disasters, climate change or social exclusions, as well as increase the capabilities of humanitarian organisations.

We organise public events, conferences and workshops, to stimulate debates on contemporary humanitarian issues and strengthen the link between theory and practice, action and reflection.

We are also promoting the critical reflection of the humanitarian system through research projects developed by our researchers on current issues either in the field or in collaboration with major humanitarian organisations and academic centres.

Our flagship research project, the Humanitarian Encyclopedia, offers a platform for practitioners, community leaders, policy makers and academics to reflect on humanitarian concepts and practice in the 21st century.

For more information about our centre, download our corporate brochure.


Education and Research

We offer a wide range of training programmes and conducts academic research projects, drawing on Geneva’s network of international institutions and non-governmental organisations.

Our courses provide in-depth training on topics such as communication, health, and sexual violence, as well as project management in humanitarian settings. They are based on an innovative pedagogical model in order to strengthen the practitioners’ competencies and apply the theoretical knowledge, developed during the courses, directly to their professional environment. 

Our interdisciplinary research projects foster critical analysis of the humanitarian sector to encourage reflection on professional practices as well as the politics of humanitarianism and humanitarian organizations.

Find our more about activities in our Annual Report 2019.