Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs
- Director, Refugee Economies Programme
Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, William Golding Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, and Associate Head (Doctoral and Research Training) of the Social Science Division, at the University of Oxford. He served as Director of the Refugee Studies Centre between 2014 and 2017. His research focuses mainly on the political economy of refugee assistance, with a focus on Africa.
He is co-author, with Paul Collier, of Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (Penguin Allen Lane and Oxford University Press, 2017), which was named by the Economist as one of the ‘Best Books of 2017’. His other books include Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013), Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009), Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Global Migration Governance (Oxford University Press, 2012), Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Refugees in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2011).
He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was named by Foreign Policy magazine in the top 100 global thinkers of 2016, and his TED talks have been viewed by over 3 million people. He has previously worked for UNHCR and has served as a Councillor on the World Refugee Council. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian. He currently leads the IKEA Foundation-funded Refugee Economies Programme, which undertakes participatory research on the economic lives of refugees in Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia. He received his MPhil (with distinction) and DPhil from the University of Oxford.
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 Programme: Activities and Impact 2016-2021
Alexander Betts et al, (2021)
Transnational blindness: International institutions and refugees’ cross-border activities
Alexander Betts et al, (2021), Review of International Studies
The Wealth of Refugees: How Displaced People Can Build Economies
Alexander Betts, (2021)
Refugees and patronage: a political history of Uganda’s ‘progressive’ refugee policies
Alexander Betts, (2021), African Affairs
Building economies in refugee-hosting regions: lessons from Dollo Ado
Research in Brief
Alexander Betts and Raphael Bradenbrink, (2020), RSC Research in Brief 18