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Gil LoescherRefugees: A Very Short IntroductionPlease join us as we launch Refugees: A Very Short Introduction, Gil Loescher’s last book. The book offers a concise and compelling introduction to the causes and impact of contemporary refugee responses. By drawing on Loescher’s 40-year legacy as an authority on UNHCR and global refugee issues, the book offers critical insight on the impact of today’s responses to refugee movements for states, global order and refugees themselves. The book also draws on more recent developments to call for a new approach that engages with the root causes of displacement, the politicization of refugee responses, and an enhanced role for civil society actors and refugee-led responses. Speakers will reflect on the meaning of the book for the future of refugee research and responses, including from the perspective of global policy discussions, national responses in the global South, and refugee leadership.


Mustafa Alio (Co-Founder and Managing Director, Jumpstart Refugee Talent)

Alexander Betts (Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, RSC)

Jeff Crisp (Research Associate, RSC)

Janemary Ruhundwa (Executive Director, Dignity Kwanza)

James Milner (Project Director, LERRN: The Local Engagement Refugee Research Network, Carleton University)


Register online here

Related information

Refugees: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press website)

Gil Loescher Memorial Fund

A tribute to Gil Loescher, by Alexander Betts

LERRN events listing 

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