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There are more people displaced that at any time since the Second World War. State fragility, conflict, and climate change create a growing refugee challenge. Old institutions are no longer fit for purpose, and a rethink is urgently needed. This lecture reimagines an approach that can offer sustainable assistance at scale based on recognising the complementary role of states, markets, and society - including an important role for business and entrepreneurship.

Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a TED speaker, and co-author of the forthcoming Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (with Paul Collier, Penguin and Oxford Univerity Press).

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RSC Conference 2017: 'Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies'

The RSC hosted this international conference on 16-17 March 2017.

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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.

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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.

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Public Seminar Series

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

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Forthcoming events

Intergenerational impacts of IDPs on children’s early childhood development in host communities: evidence from Burundi

Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Meeting Room A, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Sonopolis: Sound, citizenship, and migrant activisms in Athens

Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

What would an ethical, but feasible, response to the refugee crisis look like? An exploration

Tuesday, 04 June 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Meeting Room A, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

A Mobile Milieu: Humanitarian Equipment and the Politics of Need | Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2019

Wednesday, 05 June 2019, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

From emergency shelters to dwellings: on the role of refugees as architects and the construction of dwellings in Zaatari Camp, Jordan

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Meeting Room A, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB