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Angela Sherwood is a postdoctoral research fellow for the RefMig project, primarily focusing on the legal obligations and regulation of international organisations in the global refugee and migration regimes with particular attention to the IOM.
Angela completed her doctorate in law at Queen Mary University where she also taught seminars on state crime, disaster displacement, and forced evictions. Angela previously worked for Amnesty International as a researcher and advisor on migrants’ rights, where she investigated supply chain human rights abuse and regulatory failures to protect labour migrants. Prior to this, Angela worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for nine years in humanitarian operations, research and policy development, at IOM’s headquarters in Geneva and in its field offices in Haiti, East Timor, South Africa, Tunisia, Mongolia, and Zimbabwe. She has also co-led two mixed methods studies on internal displacement in Haiti and the Philippines for the IOM and the Brookings Institution.
Angela’s recent publications include Grabbing Solutions: Internal Displacement and Post-Disaster Land Occupations in Haiti (in Refugees’ Roles in Resolving Displacement and Building Peace: Beyond Beneficiaries); Haiti’s Disaster Urbanisms: The Emerging City of Canaan (in The Routledge Handbook of Informal Urbanization); and Researching the Resolution of Post-Disaster Displacement: Reflections from Haiti and the Philippines (in the Journal of Refugee Studies). Angela's current research interests cover topics of borders and mobility, the role of corporations and international institutions in migration governance, and the criminology of humanitarianism.