Capturing forgotten voices: Syrian adolescents' experiences of displacement and humanitarian action

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Arts Languages and Cultures


This studentship aims to capture the voices of young refuge
es and to help integrat
them into
humanitarian programming through collaboration with Plan International, a key
in child protection. Refugee adolescents (understood as any person aged between 11 and 19) are
one of the most vulnerable a
ge groups in situations of conflict and displacement. They are
increasingly exposed to various forms of violations, such as physical, sexual, and psychological
violence, exploitation, trafficking, and military recruitment (Schlecht et al., 2017). Yet, adol
especially females, are often overlooked in humanitarian programming that traditionally focuses
on the experience of younger children or adults.
he specificities of adolescents' experiences and needs are neglected in the existing academic literat
there is a gap in capacity building
resources for humanitarian organisations
work with them
(Cuesta and Leone, 2020)
. This
project thus focuses on adolescents to examine their specific experiences of displacement as well
as their experience
s as aid recipients in humanitarian crises. It contributes to a wider intellectual
endeavour in the field of humanitarian studies
to engage with the local context and the diverse
experiences of vulnerable communities
and incorporate them into
effective hum
responses. Capturing adolescents' voices will help to
improve academic understanding of
the issues
faced by a so far under
researched age group. The project can then offer an evidence
base to
practitioners to improve age
specific programming that
currently based
on assumed
rather than evidenced needs.
Doing so is important because
protecting, investing in, and
empowering adolescents is essential not only to better protect children, but also to build inclusive
communities and facilitate e
arly recovery and development (UNICEF, 2020)


10 25 50

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P000665/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2027
2669221 Studentship ES/P000665/1 30/09/2021 29/09/2024 Sarah Shmaitilly