Paper 001: M Clarke and B Parris: Vale the Humanitarian Principles

Paper 002: R Coghlan: Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises: Innovation or radical reclaiming of roots

Paper 003: G Finnigan: Cause-Specific Mortality and Natural Disasters: The urgent need for change

Paper 004: B Lauria, A Canete and R Cochrane: Church networks and Localisation Practice in the Pacific

Paper 005: A Stark: Institutional Amnesia and Humanitarian Disaster Management

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
  • Ethics
  • Response design and implementation
  • Evaluation methodology
  • Strategic foresight
  • Innovation

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.

Submission guildelines

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)

Publication details

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.

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.

If you would like further information you can reach the editor, Prof Matthew Clarke, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University at

Please submit your working paper to