The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Evan Easton-Calabria is currently completing her DPhil in International Development, tracing the changes and continuities of refugee self-reliance assistance and refugees’ involvement with development since the 1920s.
Her work with refugees began in Kampala, Uganda, in 2011 and led her to focus on both historical and contemporary refugee self-reliance programmes.
She is also a Research Officer for the Humanitarian Innovation Project’s (HIP) research project on refugees’ bottom-up social protection. Through academic research and piloting grassroots self-reliance projects with refugee communities in Kampala, she aims for her academic work to inform not only Refugee Studies but contemporary refugee policy, and in so doing alter the structure of assistance to more fully incorporate refugees as partners.