Migration and Refugees in a Global Context

The integration of global markets now permits free movement of capital, goods and services, but the same is not true of people. Migration in its various forms has become a central feature of international development in its economic, political, legal, social and cultural dimensions. Oxford now leads the world in research on this vital subject.

The department has recognised strength in the fields of refugee studies – including forced migration and internal displacement – in a world where almost all refugees come from developing countries; and in the analysis, modelling and understanding of international migration flows both between developing and developed countries, and within developing regions themselves.

Our strength in this field is due primarily to the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) and a group of migration-focussed academics in the department, who between 2006 and 2017 worked as part of the International Migration Institute (IMI).

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Refugee economies
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Migration and humanitarian aid along the migration corridor in Mexico
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Rethinking refuge
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Teaming research and theatre to create dialogues on migration
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Refugees and renewable energy: the nature of refugee demand for sustainable energy in humanitarian...
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Gender in humanitarian policy and practice
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The resilience challenge in the midst of complex emergencies: a broader understanding of livelihoo...
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Beyond solutions? Pushing the development agenda in refugee assistance – data, drivers, dynamics a...
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Participation of Turkish migrants in the public sphere via trade unions in selected European state...
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Olivier Sterck
Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer
Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi
Departmental Lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law
Robin Vandevoordt
Early Career Fellow in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
Claire Walkey
Research Student
Tom Western
Early Career Fellow in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
Matthew Willner-Reid
Research Student
Roger Zetter
Professor Emeritus of Refugee Studies
Barbara Zeus
Research Student

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03 Nov, 2017
RSC wins major new funding from IKEA Foundation for research on refugee economies
26 Oct, 2017
RSC nominated for Market Research Society's President's Medal 2017
06 Oct, 2017
Forced Migration Review 56 on Latin America and Caribbean now online
02 Oct, 2017
Matthew Gibney becomes Director of Refugee Studies Centre
01 Sep, 2017
International Migration Institute closes
14 Aug, 2017
New article by Naohiko Omata explores political dynamics in Liberian refugee camp
14 Aug, 2017
New article by Georgia Cole on rethinking role and value of refugee ‘label’
20 Jul, 2017
New book: The Myth of Self Reliance by Naohiko Omata
21 Jun, 2017
Forced Migration Review 55 on Shelter in Displacement now online
20 Jun, 2017
New issue paper co-authored by Cathryn Costello urges lifting of obstacles to refugee reunification

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20 Feb, 2017
'What is needed are strong regulations pertaining to wages and conditions at work, which would prevent all workers - local or migrant - from being exploited'. Indrajit Roy quoted in article for Hinudstan Times
19 Feb, 2017
'Are refugees good for the economy?'. Alexander Betts featured in Global Citizen magazine
07 Feb, 2017
'A combination of aspiration and desperation is fuelling migration in India'. Indrajit Roy interviewed by Hindustan Times
05 Feb, 2017
'The human cost for Central Americans could be very big'. Diego Sanchez-Ancochea comments in Sunday Times as Mexico floats end to border cooperation with US
01 Feb, 2017
'Why is architecture failing refugees?'. Mark Breeze interviewed on Radio 4' Four Thought
22 Jan, 2017
'Refugees can be used as a political resource to help those left behind'. Alexander Betts writes in The Observer
17 Jan, 2017
'Righting the wrongs of the refugee system'. Alexander Betts interviewed by Center for Public Impact
11 Jan, 2017
'Uganda’s unsung heroes of refugee protection'. Georgia Cole writes for Open Democracy
09 Jan, 2017
'I saw this risk aversion as an opportunity to reframe my study around that very dilemma'. Ruben Andersson interviewed on BBC's Thinking Allowed about research on 'danger zones'
08 Jan, 2017
'World Hacks: Jobs for Syrian Refugees'. Alexander Betts interviewed by BBC

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