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Conveying insights

Field-based knowledge production is key to gain purchase on the causes and effects of political crises

Since 2011, our researchers have produced timely and critical analyses concerning issues of fundamental international importance.

Our work has been presented to and used by some of the world’s most preeminent humanitarian NGOs and UN agencies, supported and acclaimed by a number of prestigious universities and referenced in many international media outlets.

Field-based research cycle

Our research methods are all selected in view of the contribution they make toward two goals: the production of original field-based knowledge of the highest quality, and sustainable capacity-building within the countries that we work. Five broader principles undergird this approach.

→ Long-term, field-based investigations aimed at collecting original data.

→ Long-standing collaborations with local researchers, and the provision of training and opportunity to junior scholars.

→ Constant peer-dialogue during the data collection process, and rigorous peer-review of all analyses.

→ A dedicated in-house editorial process supporting the production of accessible though rigorous outputs, be they policy reports, maps or infographics.

→ A bespoke dissemination and advocacy strategy that engages with multiple audiences, and ensures public debates. 

Our approach to doing research


The production of high-quality research requires a significant time investment. Our respect for this reality ensures that our outputs are not compromised by either empirical or logical flaws.
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We believe that the ready availability of evidence-based research is in the public interest. Innovative editorial work and wide dissemination of our analyses are therefore critical components of our work.
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For scholars working on issues like those focused upon by Noria as for the interviewees and people supporting them in the field, certain dangers must be constantly navigated. Whether subjected to surveillance, restrictions on access, or, on certain occasions, physical violence, the threats are many. In such contexts, researchers must take action to protect themselves, those they work with, and those they study.
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