Prof Tom Scott-Smith

Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration

Tom Scott-Smith is Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, fellow of St Cross College and Course Director for the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration. He specialises in the ethnographic and historical study of humanitarian relief and its impact on the lives of refugees.

He holds an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, and was previously Lecturer at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol and Senior Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford.

His work on humanitarian nutrition has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including Third World Quarterly, the Journal of Refugee Studies and Disasters. Tom is currently finishing a monograph on the history of humanitarian nutrition, entitled On an Empty Stomach: the Humanitarian Approach to Hunger, as well as working on a biography of the nutritional scientist and statesman Lord John Boyd Orr.

Before coming to academia, Tom worked as a development practitioner in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Humanitarian nutrition
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Emergency shelter
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Architectures of Displacement
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Tom Scott-Smith is Course Director for the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. He teaches courses on The Anthropology of Forced Migration; Research Methods in the Study of Forced Migration; and The History and Politics of Humanitarian Aid.

Research Students supervised

Faith Cowling
Research Student (PRS)
Myfanwy James
Research Student (PRS)
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
Research Student (PRS)

Journal articles and special issues

Scott-Smith, Tom (ed) (2016) 'Special Issue: Humanitarianism and the Migration Crisis', Refugee Survey Quarterly 35 (2)
Scott-Smith, Tom (2016) 'Humanitarian neophilia: the ‘innovation turn’ and its implications', Third World Quarterly
Scott-Smith, Tom (2016) 'Humanitarian dilemmas in a mobile world', Refugee Survey Quarterly 35 (2) 1-21
Scott-Smith, Tom (2015) 'Beyond the 'raw' and the 'cooked': a history of fortified blended foods', Disasters 39 (s2) s244-60
Scott-Smith, Tom (2015) 'Control and Biopower in Contemporary Humanitarian Aid: The Case of Supplementary Feeding', Journal of Refugee Studies 28 (1) 21-37
Scott-Smith, Tom (2014) 'How projects rise and fall: the lifecycle of a dietary modernisation scheme', Development in Practice 24 (7) 785-96
Scott-Smith, Tom (2013) 'The fetishism of humanitarian objects and the management of malnutrition in emergencies', Third World Quarterly 34 (5) 913-28

Chapters

Scott-Smith, Tom (2013) 'Insulating the developing classes: ideology and humanitarianism in practice'. In Tina Wallace, et al (eds) Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives: A Perfect Storm , Rugby: Practical Action
12 January, 2017
Tom Scott-Smith wins ESRC-AHRC award for project on Architectures of Displacement
24 September, 2015
Department Welcomes Mathias Czaika, Tom Scott-Smith as New Associate Professors
28 March, 2013
BLOG: Tom Scott-Smith on the Many Meanings of Humanitarianism
Research interests:

Humanitarianism, technology, refugees, nutrition, shelter, NGOs