Call for articles – FMR 55 Shelter in displacement

Forced Migration Review issue 55 – to be published in June 2017 – will include a major feature on Shelter in displacement.

Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 13th February 2017

Displaced people all need some form of shelter – whether emergency, temporary or more permanent, and whether self-settled or in planned settings, whether in rural or urban contexts. This issue of FMR will cover the variety of shelter and settlement responses found, employed and created by, and created for, displaced people. It will look at the possibilities and limitations of community planning and design in responses to displacement and at examples of good practice, in order to improve understanding of and practice in offering shelter and settlement support for people displaced into whatever circumstances.

This issue of FMR will provide a forum for practitioners, advocates, policymakers and researchers to share experience, debate perspectives and offer recommendations. In particular, the FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of experience and opinions, which address questions such as the following:

• How do displaced people experience the various forms of shelter and settlement that they may find, use or are offered through programme interventions? How can the social and political dynamics best be managed in urban areas and camps?
• How do displaced people inhabit, transform and adapt to the shelter and settlement they are in?
• How can or does shelter conform to people’s notions of home and belonging?
• Are there any general points that can be made about intrinsic variables such as culture, climate and duration of displacement?
• How has support to shelter and settlement developed over time?
• What is the role for architecture and design in the provision of emergency shelter?
• Can the provision of shelter after natural disasters teach us lessons for the provision of shelter after conflict?
• How are emergency shelter and settlement for displaced people designed and conceived? How do design considerations relate to the social and cultural reality of the planned inhabitants?
• What is the significance of the (often brief) intervention by international capacities? How do people manage their shelter in the various phases of displacement, including return or recovery, without external or international intervention?
• What roles can or do people take in making their own shelter, even when support or materials are offered?
• How can external actors assist displaced people to adapt or improve the shelter that people find or make for themselves?
• Are the needs of women, men, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, specific social groups and livestock incorporated into shelter design and provision?
• By supporting safer reconstruction and recovery is it possible to reduce communities’ vulnerability?
• What are the contributions and implications of the growing involvement of the private sector in the provision of shelter in displacement?
• Are there limitations to the ways or degrees that displaced people can be consulted over the shelter and settlement they live in?
• What are the impacts upon host populations and how are they supported?
• How can the shelter sector best integrate or coordinate with other related sectors, such as WASH, camp management and protection?
• What are the political and legal constraints on shelter and settlement for displaced people and what are the implications for the well-being of displaced people?
• What has been the contribution of the various shelter and settlement standards and guidelines drawn up in recent decades?
• How do displaced people, their hosts, aid providers and designers evaluate shelters? Are the parameters the same?

Full call for articles and submission details online at
If you are interested in submitting an article, please email the Editors with a proposed outline. Please also consult our guidelines for authors at:

Deadline for submission of articles: 13th February 2017
Maximum length: 2,500 words.

We also welcome articles on other subjects relating to forced migration for consideration for publication in the ‘general articles’ section of the issue.