Rania Arar

Refugee capabilities & wellbeing, Refugee camp design
Portrait de ararr
Affiliation : 
Université Grenoble Alpes
Statut : 
Non permanent.e
Équipe de recherche : 
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Adresse : 
Cité des Territoires 14 av. M. Reynoard 38100 GRENOBLE



Refugees are deprived of their central capabilities, and the ways to support them are only through donation and charity. This has resulted in heavy reliance on relief systems and has not helped improve the well-being of refugees.

The research aims at developing a human development strategy based on Amartya Sen’s capability approach, which contributes to improving the well-being of refugees and bringing about sustainable changes in their communities.

The study focuses on: exploring and expanding the capabilities of refugees and turn them into long-term functionings, and designing the enabling environment that promotes the wellbeing of refugees and enhances the implementation of the development strategy.

Titre de la thèse : 
Challenging the sustainability of the current humanitarian refugee system through the lens of Amartya Sen’s capability approach
Directeur.s / Directrice.s extérieur.e.s : 
Jean-Christophe Dissart
Résumé de la thèse : 

The research aims at developing a strategy that contributes to improve the lives of refugees. The strategy will be developed based on studying Amartya Sen’s capability approach and examining how to put into practice
The study focuses on two main pillars; Firstly, exploring the available capabilities and how to turn them into long-term functionings through the setting up of ‘local collective agencies’ that run life in refugee camps. Secondly, designing the enabling environment that can effectively influence the application of the capability approach.
The research will challenge stereotypes that view refugees in perpetual need, and other limiting beliefs that are based on lack rather than abundance; as these beliefs can limit the creation of human agencies.