To capture and compare the specific humanitarian undertakings of the countries under investigation (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia and Greece), HumanEuroMed addresses three thematic axes:
- The entanglements between international aid, decolonisation and the complex configuration of the post-colonial world.
- Humanitarian diplomacy and the transnational networks that connected the countries of Mediterranean Europe among themselves and to the Global South.
- The linkages between international relief and national welfare, with a focus on the intertwining of policies, practices and cultures of social care on a national level and those of international relief programmes.
Additionally, returning Mediterranean European countries to the spotlight furthers our analysis on three interconnected levels:
- The intra-Mediterranean dimension and the role that humanitarianism has played in the relationships between the countries of Mediterranean Europe themselves.
- The South-South dimension and the effects that international relief projects have had in shaping the relationships between the countries of southern Europe and the Global South.
- The global dimension and how international relief has come into play for the positioning of the countries of southern Europe in the sphere of global relations.