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Oxford University’s renowned International Summer School in Forced Migration is now online! To meet growing international demand for the course, the school will be held three times online this year, once in March and twice in July. Join us and a diverse group of participants from around the world as we take some of the best features of the Summer School and offer them in new engaging and accessible format.

Each Online School will involve an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration that enables people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the worlds of displaced people. The course combines Oxford’s tradition of academic excellence with a stimulating discussion-based method of teaching, learning and reflection. The Online School will cover subjects including: Conceptualising Forced Migration, The Moral Foundations of Refugeehood, International Law and Refugee Protection, and The Politics of Humanitarianism, as well as a choice of optional modules. All the sessions will be run and organised by experts in the field of forced migration studies.

Participants will have early access to pre-recorded lectures and readings which will be followed by live online seminars and discussions. The School’s engaging academic content will be complemented by a range of social and networking opportunities for participants.

The Online Schools are principally designed for policymakers, practitioners and early career academics working on refugee protection and related issues, normally with several (usually at least five) years of work experience. Participants typically include staff of the main refugee, migration and humanitarian international organisations; staff from refugee, human rights and humanitarian NGOs, and government officials working on refugee protection and related issues. Those from refugee backgrounds who work for refugee advocacy and community groups are particularly welcome.

As always, the School will be anchored by its academic tutors. The tutors for the 2022 Online Schools will be:

  • Dr Catherine Briddick (Departmental Lecturer in Gender and International Human Rights and Refugee Law, RSC)
  • Professor Matthew Gibney (Director of the Refugee Studies Centre & Elizabeth Colson Professor of Politics and Forced Migration)
  • Professor Tom Scott-Smith (Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, RSC)

The 2022 School will also feature an impressive range of speakers from academia and international organisations.

Find full details and apply here.

Download course flyer.

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.

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

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

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.

Connect with us

To keep up to date with our events and activities, sign up for email alerts from the RSC and Forced Migration Review, and connect with us on social media.

Forthcoming events

Palestine Refugees and International Law

Friday, 10 March 2023 to Saturday, 11 March 2023 @ University of Macedonia, Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki 546 36, Greece

Recognising Refugees | RSC Conference 2023

Monday, 20 March 2023 to Tuesday, 21 March 2023 @ Keble College, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PG