The Humanitarian Leader – a Working Paper Series was launched in August 2019 to provide a platform for non-peer reviewed research to be shared to promote discussion and dialogue. Papers are published here monthly.
Areas of focus include:
- International humanitarian architecture
- Response design and implementation
- Evaluation methodology
- Strategic foresight
Submissions are now open
Practitioners, academics and those with an external perspective are encouraged to challenge our collective assumptions about the humanitarian system by contributing to the series. We welcome papers that interact with concepts of leadership in the humanitarian system, as well as those that further knowledge useful to humanitarian decision makers, and/or that interact with core concepts of the sector.
Papers need to meet the following requirements to be considered:
- Referencing must be in Harvard format
- A 150 word abstract must be included
- The paper should be in MS Word format
- All language should be in the third person and spelling and punctuation should be as polished as possible
- Please include a 50-100 word leadership relevance response:
How does this paper inform humanitarian leadership practice?
- The preferred word count is 5000 words (excluding bibliography, abstract and leadership relevance response)
The author/s retain ownership of the intellectual property in their working paper and grant to The Centre for Humanitarian Leadership the right to publish the Working Paper on our website. The author/s warrant to the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership that their Working Paper does not infringe any third party’s intellectual property rights, nor does it contain any defamatory material.
Publishing in this Working Paper Series will not prevent later publication in a journal and all rights remain with the author/s.
Academic writing resources
The information below has been developed to support student academic writing skills and is equally useful for Working Paper preparation.
- Deakin’s Academic Skills Guide includes information on a variety of skills that prospective authors may find useful for Working Paper preparation. In particular Academic Style of Writing offers information to build academic writing skills, and the Choosing the right words and the Academic Phrasebank may be useful for language choice and academic writing more broadly.
- Critical thinking, reading and note-taking provides tips on literature analysis and critical thinking to develop a ‘stand-point’ or research question.
- Literature Review outlines the structure and language used in academic material.
- If you are a current Deakin student, you can access writing support with a Deakin Language Advisor.
- Harvard referencing includes information on the citation format used in the Working Paper Series.
How to submit | Contact us
If you think that you have a Working Paper, we want to hear from you! All papers submitted will be reveiwed and authors will be advised of the review outcome within 10 days of receipt.
Please submit your working paper to firstname.lastname@example.org.