Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, 1932-2018

12 July, 2018

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Barbara Harrell-Bond, founder of the Refugee Studies Centre at ODID. Barbara passed away on 11 July 2018 in her Oxford home, surrounded by her family.

Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, Emerita Professor, was a legal anthropologist who founded the Refugee Studies Centre in 1982 and directed it until 1996.

Prior to this she conducted research in West Africa from 1967-1982, while employed by the Departments of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh & University of Illinois-Urbana, the Afrika Studiecentrum in Leiden, and the Faculty of Law, University of Warwick.

An unflinching advocate of legal aid programmes for refugees and research and teaching in refugee studies in the global South, Barbara was a driving force behind the establishment of a number of programmes in countries that included Uganda, Egypt, South Africa, and the UK.

On retirement from the RSC, she conducted research in Kenya and Uganda (1997-2000), and was Honorary Adjunct Professor at the American University in Cairo (2000-2008). She wrote the seminal text Imposing Aid: Emergency Assistance to Refugees in 1982.

She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005 for “services to refugee and forced migration studies”.

Please visit the RSC website to read more.