Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs; Director
- Director, Humanitarian Innovation Project
Alexander Betts is Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and a Fellow of Green-Templeton College at the University of Oxford, where he was previously the Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations. He received his MPhil (in Development Studies, with Distinction) and DPhil (in International Relations) from the University of Oxford.
His research focuses on the international politics of asylum, migration and humanitarianism with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009), Refugees in International Relations (with Gil Loescher, Oxford University Press, 2010), Global Migration Governance (Oxford University Press, 2011), UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (with Gil Loescher and James Milner, Routledge 2012), Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013), and Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice (with Phil Orchard, Oxford University Press, 2014).
Alex is author of over 50 articles, book chapters and working papers and his work has appeared in a range of peer reviewed journals including Global Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law, and Refugee Survey Quarterly.
He has worked for UNHCR and as a consultant to the Council of Europe, UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and his work has been funded by, amongst others, the MacArthur Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) and has held teaching and research positions at Universite Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford University.
Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice
Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard (eds), (2014)
Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement
Alexander Betts, (2013)
Global Migration Governance
Alexander Betts (ed), (2011)
The normative terrain of the global refugee regime
Alexander Betts, (2015), Ethics & International Affairs, 29 (4)
Help refugees help themselves: let displaced Syrians join the labor market
Alexander Betts and Paul Collier, (2015), Foreign Affairs, November/December
Research in Brief: Refugee Economies
Alexander Betts and Naohiko Omata, (2015), RSC Research in Brief 2
Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian innovation that starts with communities
Alexander Betts et al, (2015)
Book Review Symposium on "Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement"
Alexander Betts, (2015), European Political Science, 14 (1), 59 - 73
Dr Alexander Betts teaches the 'Introduction to the Study of Forced Migration' and 'International Relations and Forced Migration' courses for the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. He is also Associate Faculty at the Blavatnik School of Government where he teaches 'The Politics and Practice of Humanitarianism'.
Alex currently supervises the following DPhil students: