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A new conceptual framework for protection of forced displaced people

Financing: MICINN (Ref. CSO2011-25202)

Main Researcher: Cristina Churruca Muguruza

Abstract:
This projects looks to introduce new theoretical and conceptual perspectives to overcome gaps in protection of internally displaced persons. It aims to set up a suitable conceptual and operational framework for their protection. This analytical and comparative project makes use of case studies to which it integrally applies two corpus of social theories: critical theories of space and territory and social networks theories.

Adequate protection of displaced persons is difficult to achieve due to the lack of a conceptual theoretical framework that defines this protection:  It is difficult to design protection programmes without knowing exactly what protection means to the displaced persons or the players related to this phenomenon. Nor it is easy to assess the objectives of the programme or get the displaced people and the players responsible for their protection involved.  Against this background, the process of preventing displacement and finding long term solutions becomes vague and ineffective, which is shown by different studies on displacement.  This study will make it possible to define a theoretical-conceptual framework for protection of displaced persons.

General aims:  
Define the characteristics of the progress, limitations and deficiencies in the existing system of humanitarian protection for displaced persons in view of the critical approach set forth in theories of space and territory and social networks.

Characterize how displaced persons and humanitarian players perceive, define and protect their safe space to act in to achieve their aims.
Identify how displaced persons and humanitarian players interact with other agents to create effective networks of influence to protect their space.
Integrate all of the above in a model which explains the complex adaptive system that would open up possibilities for actions to achieve protection.