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This panel discussion at the Refugee Studies Centre will consider the future of humanitarian action in the context of forced migration. Drawing on a collection of papers published in the latest edition of Refugee Survey Quarterly, the presentations will begin with three members of staff from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sharing their experiences and reflections on the challenges aid workers face when responding to human movement. Respondents will address the political and legal implications of humanitarian action, the prospects for humanitarian principles, and the relationship between aid and border regimes. The event will be held in Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB.


Tom Scott-Smith (Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, University of Oxford)


Linn Biörklund (Humanitarian Affairs Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières, Operational Centre Amsterdam)

Hernan del Valle (Head of Advocacy and Operational Communications, Médecins Sans Frontières, Operational Centre Amsterdam)

Ioanna Kotsioni (Victims of Torture Project Coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières Greece).


Cathryn Costello (Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, University of Oxford)

Jeff Crisp (TBC) (Former Head of Policy Development and Evaluation at UNHCR and Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford)

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