Matthew Gibney becomes Director of Refugee Studies Centre

02 October, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Professor Matthew J Gibney has taken up the post of Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at ODID.

The RSC directorship rotates among the senior academic staff of the Centre. Professor Gibney succeeds Professor Alexander Betts in the role. Professor Betts led the RSC from 2014–2017, a time when refugees have been particularly high on political and media agendas.

Upon assuming his new role, Professor Gibney said, 'under Alex Betts’ Directorship, the RSC has flourished in research, teaching, funding and outreach. Indeed, the RSC has never been healthier. I am committed to doing my best to keep the RSC on the right track as the world’s leading centre for academic research and teaching on forced migration'.

Professor Gibney is Elizabeth Colson Professor of Politics and Forced Migration and Official Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He has an international reputation as a leading scholar of the political and ethical issues raised by refugees, citizenship, and migration control. He has recently written on topics including denationalization, the duties of refugees, and the ethics of international responsibility sharing.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Matthew was educated at Monash University (BEc (Hons)) and, as a Commonwealth Scholar, at King’s College, University of Cambridge (MPhil; PhD). Since starting at Oxford in 1997, Matthew has held many roles at the RSC, including Deputy Director, Director of the International Summer School in Forced Migration, and Course Director of the MSc degree. Matthew has published numerous scholarly articles, chapters and books, includingThe Ethics and Politics of Asylum (2004), Globalizing Rights (2003), which has been translated into Italian and Spanish,The Normative, Historical and Political Contours of Deportation (2013) (edited with Bridget Anderson and Emanuela Paoletti) and (with Randall Hansen) Immigration and Asylum (2005), a three volume encyclopaedia. His latest book, which will be published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press, is on Denationalization and the Liberal State.