Emma Walker-Silverman

Research Student

Emma is a doctoral researcher affiliated with the Refugee Studies Centre. She is broadly interested in intergroup relations and the forces that shape them, and specifically why different people and communities respond so differently to hosting refugees. Her doctoral research uses qualitative and experimental methods to examine the influence of social media on attitudes towards Syrian refugees in Turkey.

She holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Psychology from Stanford University, both with distinction. Before coming to Oxford, she worked as a Fulbright researcher and coordinator with local NGOs in Turkey. Alongside research, she plays ice hockey for the Oxford Blues and is an editor of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration.


Teaching Fellow, Stanford University Department of Psychology 2016-2017

Research Students supervised

Conference papers

Walker-Silverman, Emma (2018) ''If it were us, we wouldn't have fled’: Host community attitudes toward Syrian refugees among youth in Izmir, Turkey', Paper presented at Cultures, Migration and Borders, University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece
Research interests:

Intergroup relations, social psychology, attitudes towards refugees, Turkey, social media, populism, tribalism