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a woman walking down a narrow street in Amman
Over 80% of refugees in Jordan live in urban areas, such as Amman - pictured. © UNHCR/Mohammad Hawari

The Hilary term seminar series is convened by Dr Naohiko Omata.

This term’s public seminar series consists of two separate themes: 1) Refugees in the United Kingdom and 2) Urban Refugees. Speakers come from diverse backgrounds, including both practitioners and academics, to consolidate existing empirical and theoretical knowledge of the proposed themes.

Refugees in the United Kingdom

At the end of 2016, the United Kingdom hosted nearly 120,000 refugees from a range of countries. While the available literature on this population has been growing, many areas of refugees’ post-resettlement/asylum lives remain under-explored. This seminar series will offer insights into the ways in which refugees in the UK have adapted to their new lives, with a focus on understanding the lived experiences of their economic and socio-cultural integration – or lack thereof.

Urban refugees

Currently, more than half of the world’s refugees live outside of designated refugee camps or settlements, surviving with varying degrees of independence and success, and often living under the radar of aid organisations. This seminar series will enable audiences to cultivate a better understanding of the day-to-day lives of ‘self-settled’ refugees around the world, particularly in the Global South.

Time and location

Seminars take place on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm in Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB. No registration is required.

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Hilary term seminars

16 January

Transnationalism, return visits, home and belonging: second generation from refugee backgrounds

Professor Alice Bloch, University of Manchester


23 January

Refugees and the UK labour market

Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva and Dr Isabel Ruiz, University of Oxford


30 January

Building inclusive cities: emerging learning from a knowledge exchange with UK cities

Jacqueline Broadhead, University of Oxford


6 February

From pledges to implementation: exploring local government responses for urban refugees in Ethiopia

Dr Annabel Mwangi, UNHCR Ethiopia


13 February

Urban refugee economies in Ethiopia

Professor Alison Brown and Dr Peter Mackie, Cardiff University


20 February

The accidental city of Kakuma, Kenya: humanitarian urbanism and the development of the refugee camp environment

Dr Bram J Jansen, Wageningen University


27 February

Sudanese constellations of home: refugee NGOs, social networks and urban homemaking in Cairo

Dr Anita Fabos, Clark University


6 March

Exploring gendered ‘vulnerability’: Syrian refugee men and humanitarianism in urban Jordan

Dr Lewis Turner, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute