Magazine article Forced Migration Review

News from the Refugee Studies Centre

Magazine article Forced Migration Review

News from the Refugee Studies Centre

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Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

Oxford: 4th November 2015, 5pm

"We do not want to become refugees" - Human mobility in the age of climate change

Professor Walter Kalin (Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, and Professor of Constitutional and International Law, University of Bern) will give the 2015 Annual Harrell-Bond lecture. Disaster displacement is one of the big humanitarian challenges of our times and is likely to increase significantly in the context of climate change. Building on the work of the Nansen Initiative on disaster-induced cross-border displacement, the lecture will explore different tools available to address displacement and other forms of disaster-related human mobility.

Location: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford 0X1 3PW.

Email to reserve a place. For more details, visit events/2015-annual-harrell-bond-lecture.

New appointments at the RSC

Dr Will Jones has been appointed Departmental Lecturer in Politics and Forced Migration for one year (as sabbatical cover for Professor Matthew Gibney). He will continue to work with Alexander Betts on the political life of refugees in Africa, including their forthcoming book The Animators: How Diasporas Mobilise to Contest Authoritarianism (Cambridge University Press).

Georgia Cole has been appointed as the new Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow (in association with Lady Margaret Hall). Her appointment is for three years. She will be continuing her research on the politics of refugee cessation in relation to Rwandan and Eritrean refugees, as well as beginning a new project on the 'value of refugee status'.

Dr Leila Vignal will be joining the RSC for two years on a Marie Curie Fellowship. As a geographer, she will be working on a number of projects relating to mapping the response to the Syrian refugee crisis, both in the region and in Europe.

Recent publications

Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian innovation that starts with communities

Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, Nina Weaver (July 2015)

'A critical approach to the production of academic knowledge on refugee integration in the global North', RSC Working Paper Series, 109

Christina Kovacs (June 2015)

Departure of Dr Kirsten McConnachie

After three years at the RSC as the Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow, Dr Kirsten McConnachie has taken up a position in the University of Warwick's School of Law.

During her time at the RSC, Dr McConnachie worked primarily on a comparative study of security and self-governance strategies among refugees from Myanmar in Southeast Asia. In 2015 she was jointly awarded the 2015 Socio-Legal Studies Association Early Career Book Prize for her book Governing Refugees: Justice, Order and Legal Pluralism (Routlege, 2014), which examines themes of community governance, order maintenance and legal pluralism in the context of refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border. More recently, Dr McConnachie has been writing about Southeast Asia's migrant boat crisis, highlighting the need for ASEAN and global involvement in resolving Rohingya statelessness and the discrimination against them. See (May 2015) south-east-asias-migrant-boat-crisis-is-a-globalresponsibility-41698.

Professor Dawn Chatty elected Fellow of the British Academy

We are delighted to announce that Dawn Chatty, Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration and former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. …

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