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Many congratulations to our founder Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond who is today being awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from SOAS University of London.

Seminal in the field of refugee studies, Dr Harrell-Bond, Emerita Professor, has worked to establish the study of refugees as a significant area of academic enquiry, with an important contribution to public policy. Founder of the Refugee Studies Centre, she was the Director of the Centre from 1982-96. She was awarded the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology in 1996 and the Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology in 2014. She now promotes legal assistance for refugees around the world through the IRRI Rights in Exile Programme. She was made an OBE in 2006 for services to refugee and forced migration studies.