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Risk, Governance and the Challenge of Migration

The theme of the 2017 Advancing Good Governance seminar, which will take place at Rhodes House, Oxford on 8–9 June 2017, is ‘Risk, Governance and the Challenge of Migration’. Recent crises linked to refugee flows and migration have exposed the failure of current models of global governance to address a highly complex spectrum of risks, including xenophobia, political unrest, corruption and poverty. The 2017 seminar will take a focused look at the specific political, developmental, economic, security and humanitarian risks arising from the refugee and migration crises, and consider new models of governance which might be able to sustainably address those risks and resolve the root causes creating such risks. More information to come.

2017 Seminar Highlights:


“Risks and Challenges in Specific Migration Contexts: What Will a New Governance Model Need to Address, and What Will It Look Like?”

Chair: Penny Lawrence (Deputy Chief Executive, Oxfam GB)


“Spotlight on Enterprise in Recent Refugee and Migrant Crises Contexts”

Chair: Alexander Betts (Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, University of Oxford)


“From Ideas to Transformation: Achieving the Change We Need”

Chair: Jemilah Mahmood (Under Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)

Further details are available at:


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Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

Public Seminar Series

Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

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Forthcoming events

A celebration of the life of David Turton

Saturday, 20 July 2024, 2pm to 3pm @ The Crypt Cafe, St Peters Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA