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Dynamic alliance joins the Refugee Studies Centre and UNSW’s Kaldor Centre

Two internationally renowned research centres, the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at the University of Oxford, and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney, are formalising a partnership to strengthen vital new thinking on global refugee policy.

The RSC-Kaldor Centre partnership is designed to promote innovative research, teaching and policy initiatives. Through a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding, these centres of excellence will facilitate academic exchange and co-operation, encouraging cross-institutional visits and cooperative research.

The Director of the Kaldor Centre, Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, says: “I’ve had a long association with Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, which fosters a rich community of multidisciplinary scholars who enhance each other’s perspectives. With the Kaldor Centre’s particular expertise in refugee law, this collaboration responds to the critical need for global approaches to finding sustainable solutions for the world’s displaced people.” 

Professor Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, adds: “We’re delighted to formalise our collaboration with the Kaldor Centre, one of the most innovative research centres in the world working on refugee law and policy. This enables us to work across regions and across disciplines in order to improve the lives of displaced people.”

The Refugee Studies Centre is a multidisciplinary teaching and research centre based within the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development. Established in 1982, the RSC has won an international reputation as the leading centre for research and teaching on forced migration, work which embraces a commitment to improving the lives and circumstances of forced migrants.

The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW is the world’s first and only research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. The Centre was founded in October 2013 to undertake rigorous research and contribute to public policy involving the most pressing displacement issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world.