Dr Hanno Brankamp

Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration

Hanno Brankamp is Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre. He holds a BA from Humboldt University of Berlin, a Master’s Degree from the University of St Andrews, and a DPhil from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis explored the intersection of policing and humanitarian governance in Kenyan refugee camps. He previously was Lecturer in Human Geography at King’s College London (KCL).

Hanno’s research interests include the geographies of im/mobility and forced migration, humanitarianism, carceral geographies, the spatialities of camps, police and state violence, ethnographic research, displacement in Kenya and (East) Africa, and abolitionist politics. He is currently co-coordinator for the Africa Research Group in the German Network of Forced Migration Studies (Netzwerk Fluchtforschung) and member of the editorial board of their blog (https://blog.fluchtforschung.net). Hanno has previously worked as a graduate attaché for the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) in Nairobi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, and for Friedrich-Ebert Foundation (FES) in Amman, Jordan.

Hanno’s work has been published in Political Geography, Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Migration & Society, Forced Migration Review, The Routledge Encyclopaedia of African Studies, and media outlets such as The Guardian, Open Democracy, Africa Is A Country, African Arguments, Democracy In Africa, Afrika Süd and the social justice platform Pambazuka. He is currently co-editing two special issues: one in the journal Area exploring ‘Camp Methodologies’ and another in Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees focusing on ‘Humanizing Studies of Refuge and Displacement’.

In the media

Journal articles and special issues

Brankamp, Hanno (with Zoltán Glück) (2022) 'Camps and counterterrorism: Security and the remaking of refuge in Kenya ', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Brankamp, Hanno (with Yolanda Weima) (2022) 'Camp Methodologies: The “How” of Studying Camps', Area
Brankamp, Hanno (2021) '‘Madmen, Womanisers, and Thieves’: Moral Disorder and the cultural text of refugee encampment in Kenya', AFRICA: Journal of the International African Institute 91 (1) 153-176
Brankamp, Hanno (2020) 'Refugees in uniform: Community policing as a technology of government in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya', Journal of Eastern African Studies 14 (2) 270-290
Brankamp, Hanno (with P Daley) (2020) 'Labourers, migrants, refugees: managing belonging, bodies and mobility in (post)colonial Kenya and Tanzania', Migration & Society 3 (1) 113-129


Other publications

Brankamp, Hanno (2016) 'Community Policing in Kakuma camp, Kenya', Forced Migration Review 53 51-55
11 August, 2021
New article by Hanno Brankamp explores methodological import of emotions in refugee research
17 Mar, 2021
'The imagined immorality of refuge'. Hanno Brankamp writes for Africa is a Country
13 Jun, 2018
'The cynical recasting of refugees as raconteurs can't mask the grim reality'. Hanno Brankamp writes for The Guardian
12 Jun, 2018
'TEDx comes to the refugee camp (aka Think Your Way out of Oppression!)'. Hanno Brankamp writes for African Arguments
20 May, 2016
'Closing the camps: Kenya’s déja-vu politics'. Hanno Brankamp writes for Democracy in Africa
21 Mar, 2016
‘Good camps, bad camps: What’s wrong with the ‘Jungle’?’. Hanno Brankamp writes for Open Democracy
30 Nov, 2015
'#WhatWouldMagufuliDo sparks new bout of Tanzaphilia'. Hanno Brankamp writes for African Arguments
29 Jul, 2015
’In Germany, are some refugees more equal than others?’. Hanno Brankamp writes for Africa Is A Country
09 Jul, 2015
‘Germany on Safari: A new military scramble for Africa?’. Hanno Brankamp writes for Africa Is A Country
Research interests:

Humanitarian violence; carceral geographies; camps; abolition; coloniality; critical ethnography; policing; East Africa; Kenya