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Forthcoming Dates


The next International Summer School in Forced Migration will take place in July 2016. To receive further information as it becomes available, please contact Tara-Sienna Hartman, at


Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB /
Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN

About the Summer School 

The International Summer School in Forced Migration fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and forced migrants.  

The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

The three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning and reflection. 

The Summer School is intended for:

  • Mid-career and senior policymakers and practitioners involved with humanitarian assistance and policy making for forced migrants. Participants typically include host government officials, intergovernmental and non-governmental agency personnel engaged in planning, administering and co-ordinating assistance.
  • Researchers specialising in the study of forced migration.

2015 tutors & guest lecturers

Summer School Tutors 2015

The Summer School involves a lot of small-group discussion in tutor groups. We are delighted to announce yet another year of excellent tutors. Joining the Summer School as a tutor is Dr Jeff Crisp. Dr Crisp has served as Head of Policy Development and Evaluation at UNHCR, as Director of Policy and Research in the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM) and as Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy with Refugees International. He has first-hand experience of humanitarian programmes and UN operations in more than 60 countries throughout the world and has published and lectured extensively on refugee, migration and humanitarian issues. He has a PhD in African Studies from the University of Birmingham. Returning to the Summer School having previously tutored are Dr Cathryn Costello, Professor Matthew Gibney, Dr Maryanne Loughry, Ms Liesbeth Schockhaert, and Dr Tom Scott-Smith.

2015 Guest Lecturers included:

Professor Susan Akram, Boston University School of Law
, leading expert on Palestinian refugees in international law

Professor Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre and author of numerous works in refugee studies, including Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013)

Professor Chaloka Beyani, London School of Economics
, UN Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons and author of Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum Under the African Human Rights System (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2013)

Dr David Cantor, University of London
, expert on legal protections for refugees in international law, with a strong regional expertise in Latin America

Professor Dawn Chatty, University of Oxford
, anthropologist of forced migration and author of Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East and Deterritorialized Youth: Sahrawi and Afghan Refugees at the Margins of the Middle East

Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford, author of the leading text The Refugee in International Law (with Professor Jane McAdam)

Professor Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University of London, Radboud University Nijmegen, and partner at the London law firm, Kingsley Napley, expert in EU law on immigration, asylum, and border controls

Professor Anne Hammerstad, University of Kent, International Relations Specialist and author of The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor: UNHCR, Refugee Protection and Security (OUP 2014)

Dr Jason Hart, University of Bath, social anthropologist with expertise on refugee children

Dr Khalid Koser, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, expert on international migration, internal displacement and refugee protection

Dr Dallal Stevens, University of Warwick, international refugee lawyer with extensive experience in the Middle East, in particular on refugee protection in the Levant

Professor John Taylor, Professor of International Development at London South Bank University

NB: This list may be subject to change.

Closing Summer School Lecture 2015

Mr Filippo Grandi gave the endnote lecture to the 2015 Summer School. Mr Grandi is an Italian diplomat with extensive experience in United Nations' humanitarian operations. From 2010-2014, he was Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).


  • “The entire experience was superb from start to finish and I felt a real sadness on its ending. I can easily say it far exceeded my expectations. Best parts were the high level of intellectual stimulation, informed and open teaching staff/tutors and beautiful campus.” 2014 participant
  • “The course fully met my expectations and I really did enjoy it. I especially appreciated the work in the tutor groups which were not only fun but also very effective in deepening the topics addressed. I learned a lot in these 3 weeks. Thank you!” 2014 participant
  • “I am very happy that I was able to attend the summer school. It has been such a wonderful learning experience. I felt I was unprepared academically but it has been more than I expected it to be in a good way. I am going back to my job with so much information and wisdom and I am really inspired to go back to school. Thank you to all the RSC staff! It’s been absolutely wonderful and thank you for giving me this opportunity.” 2014 participant

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:

  • substantial experience in working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants;
  • a first degree as a minimum;
  • proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.00 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL.*

*Please note that if your first language is not English, or if your first language is English but you are not a national of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant higher or standard level before any offer of a place can be confirmed.  The requirement to provide English language test scores may be waived in cases where you have successfully completed or are currently completing a degree-level or postgraduate course that is: full-time, at least nine months long, undertaken at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment throughout the course is entirely in English.


Limited Asfari Foundation and Saïd Foundation bursaries are available for Summer School candidates who work on refugee-related issues and who are normally resident in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria (or Palestinians and Syrians resident in the Arab world).
Asfari logo 2015

Candidates wishing to be considered for bursary support must apply directly via the International Summer School office and not contact the funding body directly.


Fee and application deadlines for 2016 TBA.


For all enquiries, please contact:

Tara-Sienna Hartman
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1865 281729