What We’re Reading – Justin Schon on Motivations vs Opportunities

As a geographer, I certainly have my problems with “push-pull” models of migration. Simply put, people move for many reasons; these motivations are difficult to describe, capture, or categorize, even for the individuals who are migrating. Real trouble starts when overly simplistic models are used to inform state or UN policy on migration. Physical violence and the economics of violence are more difficult to tease apart than most formal definitions of “the refugee” tend to assume.

In his article for the Political Violence at a Glance blog, Justin Schon proposes a more nuanced framework for understanding how movement and violence intersect, based on years of first-hand research with Syrians across the Middle East.

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What We’re Reading – Vicarious Trauma on Bellingcat

Secondary trauma is a serious problem for remote analysts, but also for humanitarian workers who connect closely with people affected by conflict.

This week, LLST is reading Hannah Ellis for Bellingcat: a quick, accessible survey of secondary trauma among remote analysts observing raw footage of violent or graphic events. The piece is produced for analysts who work with online sources for Bellingcat (or on studies with similar methodology). Continue reading “What We’re Reading – Vicarious Trauma on Bellingcat”