Ms Barbara Zeus

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Barbara is a DPhil candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development. She holds a BA in Regional Studies Asia/Africa & Social Sciences and an MA in Education and International Development from University College London. She has worked in diverse contexts from grassroots and NGO level to national policy and UN level on four continents, most recently as Education Specialist with UNHCR. In more than ten years of professional experience in international development and humanitarian aid, Barbara has managed multi-donor projects and gained expertise in programme design, monitoring & evaluation, data management and analysis, and capacity building. She has worked on refugee protection as well as post-conflict reconstruction and returnee integration in South and Southeast Asia as well as East and Central Africa and published her academic work on issues around forced migration and education.

Beyond solutions? Pushing the development agenda in refugee assistance – data, drivers, dynamics a...

Barbara has taught English as a Foreign Language and has run several trainings and workshops on refugee education programming, monitoring & evaluation and education data management and analysis.

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Zeus, Barbara (with ML Anselme) (2012) 'Education as an essential component of prevention of youth re-displacement', Forced Migration Review 41
Zeus, Barbara (2011) 'Exploring Barriers to Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Situations: The Case of Burmese Refugees in Thailand', Journal of Refugee Studies 24 (2) 256-76


Zeus, Barbara (2012) 'Formalising Virtual Learning Spaces for Refugee Youth'. In Y L Visser, L Visser, M Simonson, R Amirault (eds) Trends and Issues in Distance Education: International Perspectives (2nd ed) , Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing


Zeus, Barbara (with J Chaffin) (2011) 'Education for Crisis-Affected Youth: A Literature Review', New York: Adolescent and Youth Task Team (AYTT), Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Zeus, Barbara (2010) 'Whole People, Holistic Approaches: Cross-Sectoral Action and Learning - Framing Paper 3 - INEE Policy Roundtable 2010 "An Enabling Right: Education for Youth Affected by Crisis"', Geneva: INEE

Working papers

Zeus, Barbara (2008) 'Identities In Exile: De- and Reterritorialising Ethnic Identity and The Case of Burmese Forced Migrants in Thailand', Südostasien-Working-Papers Nr 34 Berlin: Humboldt Universität

Conference papers

Zeus, Barbara (2014) 'Workshop on Higher Education and Refugees', Paper presented at the UKFIET and UCL Institute of Education: Forum on Higher Education and International Development, London
Zeus, Barbara (2014) 'Developing asset-based approaches to innovation for refugee self-reliance in Africa', Paper presented at the Humanitarian Innovation Conference, Oxford
Zeus, Barbara (2014) 'Thinking out of the box for youth in crisis-sensitive contexts: Lessons learned and implications for a post-2015 world', Paper presented at the 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society: Revisioning Education for All, Toronto
Zeus, Barbara (with I Bigirimana ) (2011) 'Higher Education for Long -Term Refugees- A Global Overview and Perspectives from Within', Paper presented at the 13th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM): Governing Migration, Kampala
Zeus, Barbara (2010) 'Educational Programming for Crisis-Affected Youth - Some Lessons Learned', Paper presented at the Paper presented at: XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies: Bordering, Re-bordering and New Possibilities in Education and Society, Istanbul
Zeus, Barbara (2010) 'Exploring Paradoxes Around Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Situations', Paper presented at: 'Borderless Education: The Provision of Tertiary Degree Programmes to Long-term Refugees', Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto
Research interests:

Forced displacement; durable solutions; education; humanitarian and development aid.