Call for Abstracts: Urban Displacement


The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre is the leading source of information, analysis and policy advice on internal displacement in the context of conflict and violence, disasters and development investments.

The Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID) is IDMC’s annual flagship publication analysing displacement situations and assessing the scale, patterns, drivers and impacts of internal displacement across the world. The report reveals what countries and local and international actors can do to reduce internal displacement and highlights which areas require most attention and resources across humanitarian and development sectors. By presenting what is known about internal displacement, how it is calculated, and what remains unknown, the GRID is also a way to flag key blind spots and areas where the evidence base needs strengthening.

For the upcoming GRID 2019, IDMC will present new analysis of current drivers, patterns and impacts of urban internal displacement. This call for external contributions complements IDMC’s in-house data analysis and research by soliciting new thinking, analysis and case studies that will be used as input for GRID 2019. Successful papers will be peer reviewed and published online as Background Papers to the main report. 


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IDMC is seeking to receive contributions to enhance the knowledge basis of urban internal displacement and displacement risk. As highlighted by the Concept Note, four key areas of work relating to the topic have been identified, and can be used as indicative themes to examine and analyse the scale and scope of urban internal displacement globally (For more information on IDMC’s work on Urban displacement, see here):

§  Data: How many people are displaced in urban areas? Where do they usually settle?

§  Drivers and triggers of urban displacement: What are the drivers and triggers that prompt and prolong urban displacement, and how do they play out against the backdrop of exponential urban growth in different countries?

§  IDPs and the city: How does displacement shape urban landscapes, and what challenges and opportunities does it present in terms of service provision and urban systems? How do IDPs cope with their displacement related vulnerabilities in urban areas?

§  Cities and displacement: How do urban processes, growth and demographic and economic change determine displacement risk and affect those displaced?

All of the above needs to be explored from two perspectives, that of the people displaced and that of the city. Given that the focus of IDMC is on forced internal displacement triggered by conflict and violence, disasters, and development investments, contributions should analyse the phenomenon considering such angles.

IDMC welcomes contributions that analyse the economic and social costs linked with urban internal displacement, and will select those contributions that provide state-of-the-art data and analysis, case studies and/or literature reviews on urban forced migration and the patterns, trends, impacts and dynamics of urban internal displacement.

Submission Process

Abstracts of a maximum of 700 words should be sent to the GRID Coordinator at and the Head of IDMC’s Policy and Research Department, no later than 2 July 2018. Abstracts must include:

§  Paper title

§  Objectives of the research, background information and policy relevance

§  Methodology

§  Key partners and research team composition

§  Key findings and messages

Selected contributors will be informed via email by 13 July 2018 with guidelines for submissions of the full papers, which are expected to be provided by mid-October 2018 (more information will come).