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Public Seminar Series Michaelmas term 2022

Convened by Professor Alexander Betts (Director, Refugee Studies Centre)

This year the RSC Public Seminar Series will take place through fortnightly seminars, on Tuesday lunchtimes from 1-2pm. This term, the seminars will cover a wide-range of themes, including social cohesion, humanitarian energy, refugee education, and statelessness. 

About the speaker

Dr Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and member of Linacre College Oxford. She holds a BSc from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford in Refugee Studies. She has held academic positions as a Research Associate at Imperial College London and Research Analyst at the University of Cambridge. As a practitioner, Sarah was previously Head of Humanitarian Energy at the international NGO Practical Action, and a senior adviser on energy for the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). Sarah is the Research Lead for the Global Platform for Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement (GPA), a multi-institutional group leading action on energy in forced migration settings.

Sarah specialises in the institutional and geographic study of energy in humanitarian settings, including the impact of electricity and clean cooking access on the lives of refugees. Her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including the Journal of Humanitarian Action, Nature Energy, and Climate Policy. Sarah's research focuses on understanding institutional and individual practices on energy within humanitarian systems and refugee camps. Her Fellowship is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and considers ethnographic evidence on the energy needs of refugees.


This seminar will be held in person. No registration required. 

Please direct enquiries to

Public Seminar Series Michaelmas term 2022 poster (pdf)


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