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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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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