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UNHCR housing units in Diavata camp, Greece

Series convened by Tom Scott-Smith and Mark E Breeze

This interdisciplinary seminar series examines the nature and challenges of emergency shelter in the context of forced migration. What are the key issues in the design and provision of shelters?  What does better shelter mean and how can we get there? How can political dynamics be managed in the organization of camps and urban areas? What lessons emerge from over forty years practical work in the shelter sector? The speakers in this series include academics and practitioners from the fields of architecture, planning, anthropology, humanitarianism, and design. The seminar series complements the forthcoming issue of Forced Migration Review on Emergency Shelter, to be published in 2017.

Time and location

Seminars take place on Wednesdays from 5.00-6.30pm in Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, OX1 3TB. No registration is required and everyone is welcome to attend.

* NB: The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture will take place at Magdalen College on Wednesday 26 October, delivered by Patrick Kingsley, Migration Correspondent at The Guardian. Registration is required for this lecture. Details here >>

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Michaelmas term seminars

12 October

Emergency shelter: reflections on a new European infrastructure

Tom Scott-Smith, University of Oxford


19 October

Building structures in Calais refugee camp

Grainne Hassett, Hassett Ducatez Architects and the University of Limerick


26 October, Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture*

Reporting refugees: what a journalist learnt on the migration trails to Europe

Patrick Kingsley, Migration correspondent, the Guardian


2 November

Dwelling in an emergency shelter: between geopolitics and everyday life

Irit Katz, University of Cambridge


9 November

The settlement approach: integrating programming at community level

Tom Corsellis, Shelter Centre Geneva


16 November

Complicit or emancipatory? Architecture, space and design in humanitarian operations

Camillo Boano, University College London


23 November

Lessons from 15 years of post-disaster shelter reconstruction projects in India

Tom Newby, CARE International


30 November

Shelter in flux

Cathrine Brun, Oxford Brookes University