Senior Researcher, 4As Project, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Evan Easton-Calabria is a research associate at the Refugee Studies Centre and a senior researcher at the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University. Previously she was Principal Investigator of the RSC research project, ‘Responses to Crisis Migration in Uganda and Ethiopia: Researching the role of local actors in secondary cities’, funded through the Cities Alliance/UNOPS, and a John Fell Fund grant, ‘Digital Livelihoods for Refugees? Exploring pathways to the new world of work in Nairobi and Tel Aviv’. She is also lead editor of the Refugee Studies Centre’s research dissemination platform Rethinking Refuge. Prior to this she worked on the Refugee Economies Programme's research project on refugee-led social protection.
Her work with refugees began in Kampala, Uganda, in 2011 and has led her to research historical and contemporary refugee self-reliance assistance. Recent work traces the changes and continuities of refugee self-reliance assistance and refugees’ involvement with development since the 1920s. In 2015 she was Principle Investigator for the National Geographic Early Career Grant project ‘Innovation and the Art of Self-Reliance: Artistic Livelihoods of Kampalan Refugees’ and in 2015-2016 for the research project ‘Researching Refugee-Run Micro-Finance’ funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. While living in Uganda, she co-founded a grassroots organisation with refugees in Kampala that provides livelihoods training and support to urban refugees. Through academic research and piloting grassroots self-reliance projects with refugee communities in Kampala, she aims for her work to contribute to Refugee Studies and inform contemporary refugee policy on livelihoods and self-reliance. She holds a Masters and Doctorate in International Development from the University of Oxford.
Urban refugees and IDPs in secondary cities
Research in Brief
Evan Easton-Calabria and Jennifer Wood, (2022), RSC Research in Brief 19
Urban Refugees and IDPs in Secondary Cities
Evan Easton-Calabria et al, (2022)
Refugees, Self-Reliance, Development: A Critical History
Evan Easton-Calabria, (2022)
Belonging in Berlin: An exploration of Syrian refugee-led organisations and volunteerism during COVID-19
Evan Easton-Calabria and Yahya Alaous, (2022)
IDPs in secondary cities: good practices and ongoing challenges from Ethiopia
Research in Brief
Evan Easton-Calabria et al, (2021), RSC Research in Brief 16