Dr Yotam Gidron

Research Officer, Refugee Economies Programme

Yotam received his PhD in African History from Durham University, where he studied political and spiritual life in the South Sudanese-Ethiopian borderlands. He holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and an LLB from Tel Aviv University, and was previously a Visiting Research Fellow at the Refugee Law Project, Makerere University School of Law. In the Refugee Economies Programme, he contributes to the Borders, Mobility, and Livelihoods Project.

Yotam’s work has been published in Refugee Survey QuarterlyAfricaJournal of Eastern African Studies and other journals, and in media outlets such as Africa is a Country, and African Arguments. His book Israel in Africa: Security, Migration, Interstate Politics was published in 2020. Yotam also worked as a consultant with different international and local organisations in East Africa, including the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), Oxfam, the Rift Valley Institute, and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS).

Refugee economies
Research interests:

Modern African history; borderlands; mobility; camps; religion; personhood; South Sudan