Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

About the speaker

Dr Gerver has recently completed a PhD at the London School of Economics, and is currently a teaching fellow in the philosophy department at the University of Leeds. Her research considers the ethics of refugee repatriation, focusing special attention on refugees who are detained by the government and wish to repatriate with the help of NGOs. It is not clear if NGOs should help with such return, given the involuntary nature of refugees’ choices. To consider how NGOs should respond, Dr Gerver considers the broader philosophical question of when we should accept consent as valid, and when coercion from third parties undermines consent.

In addition to considering philosophical dilemmas of repatriation and consent, Dr Gerver has conducted fieldwork in South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Thailand, interviewing 160 former refugees and migrants who had repatriated from Israel with the help of NGOs. Based on her data, an estimated 5% of all returnees to South Sudan died within two years of repatriating. The majority who survived were displaced or without shelter, medical care, or food security.

Prior to her PhD at LSE, Dr Gerver worked as an educational consultant in Eastern District, Rwanda.



Listen to the podcast of the seminar here >>

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.

Past Annual Harrell-Bond Lectures

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

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

Past Annual Elizabeth Colson Lectures

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.

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.

Sign up here

Forthcoming events

Carceral junctions – stuckness and connectedness in camps

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar

Unlivable life: ordinary disasters and the atmosphere of crisis in Haiti

Wednesday, 04 November 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar

Reflecting on Refugia

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar

Democracy after Right-Wing Populism | Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2020

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Zoom webinar

‘Belongers’ and ‘non-belongers’: dividing citizens in 1968

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar

Refugees and racial capitalism: what ‘integration’ in the labour market means

Wednesday, 02 December 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar