Saving Humans is one of the inaugural research themes of the University of Birmingham’s new Institute of Advanced Studies. It is an inter-disciplinary initiative whose key research question is: Under what circumstances do individuals, organisations, and states intervene to save human lives? Actions to save human lives can range in scale from the individual to whole populations. From spring 2013, the theme will bring together researchers and practitioners from across the university and beyond to investigate such actions, addressing three different domains: medicine; human and natural environments; and security and conflict. We will also programme a series of public events.
A preparatory workshop took place on 14 June 2012, with researchers from across the university as well as colleagues from the National University of Ireland at Galway and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester.