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Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs
- Director, Humanitarian Innovation Project
Alexander Betts is Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and a Fellow of Green-Templeton College at the University of Oxford, where he was previously the Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations. He received his MPhil (in Development Studies, with Distinction) and DPhil (in International Relations) from the University of Oxford.
His research focuses on the international politics of asylum, migration and humanitarianism with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009), Refugees in International Relations (with Gil Loescher, Oxford University Press, 2010), Global Migration Governance (Oxford University Press, 2011), UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (with Gil Loescher and James Milner, Routledge 2012), Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013), Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice (with Phil Orchard, Oxford University Press, 2014), Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development (with Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan, and Naohiko Omata, Oxford University Press, 2016), Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism (with Will Jones, Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (with Paul Collier, Penguin Allen Lane, 2017).
Alex is author of over 50 articles, book chapters and working papers and his work has appeared in a range of peer reviewed journals including Global Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law, and Refugee Survey Quarterly.
He has worked for UNHCR and as a consultant to the Council of Europe, UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and his work has been funded by, amongst others, the MacArthur Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) and has held teaching and research positions at Universite Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford University.
Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System
Alexander Betts and Paul Collier, (2017)
Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice
Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard (eds), (2014)
Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement
Alexander Betts, (2013)
Global Migration Governance
Alexander Betts (ed), (2011)
Refugee Economies in Kenya
Alexander Betts, Naohiko Omata, Olivier Sterck, (2018)
Thrive or survive? Explaining variation in economic outcomes for refugees
Alexander Betts, Naohiko Omata, Louise Bloom , (2017), Journal on Migration and Human Security, 5(4), 716 - 743
Local Politics and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Exploring Responses in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan
Alexander Betts, Ali Ali, Fulya Memişoğlu, (2017)
Talent displaced: The economic lives of Syrian refugees in Europe
Alexander Betts et al, (2017)