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We're pleased to announce that The Handbook has been published and is now available to purchase from Oxford University Press

Since the birth of 'refugee studies' and the establishment of the Refugee Studies Centre in 1982, research into the causes, experiences and implications of forced migration has grown exponentially, and yet to date there has been no authoritative volume charting the birth and rise of 'refugee studies' or critically considering the future challenges for this field of research and practice.

Filling this major gap, The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies offers a comprehensive and cutting-edge overview of the key intellectual, political, social and institutional challenges arising from mass displacement in the world today. Through state-of-the-art contributions by more than 50 leading scholars and practitioners, readers are introduced to the field via a combination of innovative academic analysis and critical personal reflections of working with and about refugees and other displaced peoples, including trafficked people and 'environmental refugees'.

The Handbook’s editorial team is composed of current and former RSC staff and RSC Associates: Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (former RSC Senior Research Officer), Professor Gil Loescher (Visiting Professor), Dr Katy Long (former RSC Research Associate) and Dr Nando Sigona (RSC Research Associate).

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From the publishers:

Refugee and Forced Migration Studies has grown from being a concern of a relatively small number of scholars and policy researchers in the 1980s to a global field of interest with thousands of students worldwide studying displacement either from traditional disciplinary perspectives or as a core component of newer programmes across the Humanities and Social and Political Sciences. Today the field encompasses both rigorous academic research which may or may not ultimately inform policy and practice, as well as action-research focused on advocating in favour of refugees' needs and rights.

This authoritative Handbook critically evaluates the birth and development of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and analyses the key contemporary and future challenges faced by academics and practitioners working with and for forcibly displaced populations around the world. The 52 state-of-the-art chapters, written by leading academics, practitioners, and policymakers working in universities, research centres, think tanks, NGOs and international organizations, provide a comprehensive and cutting-edge overview of the key intellectual, political, social and institutional challenges arising from mass displacement in the world today. The chapters vividly illustrate the vibrant and engaging debates that characterize this rapidly expanding field of research and practice. (Oxford University Press, 2014)

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