Professor Gil Loescher, 1945-2020

30 April, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce that our colleague, Professor Gil Loescher, passed away of heart failure at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Tuesday.

Gil was a legend of Refugee Studies. He was a pioneering scholar who brought International Relations to bear on the study of refugees, and critically examined the evolution of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees over many years. More than that, he was a beloved teacher on the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and was influential in the formation of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) in the 1980s and early 1990s.

We mourn the loss of a scholar, colleague, and friend of great decency, warmth and commitment - one whose resilience and courage in the last decades of his life inspired us all.

We send our condolences to Gil’s wife, Ann, his daughters, Margaret and Claire, and the rest of his family.

Over the next few months, the RSC will explore ways to memorialise Gil’s contribution to Oxford and to the study of forced migration.

A longer tribute will follow on the RSC website in the coming weeks.