Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow
Georgia Cole holds the Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellowship in Development Studies at Lady Margaret Hall, having completed her DPhil in International Development in 2016 on the topic of ‘Beyond the Politics of Labelling: Exploring the Cessation Clauses for Rwandan and Eritrean Refugees through Semiotics.'
Her research during the Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellowship explores the role and value of refugee status according to displaced communities themselves. In response to the observation that refugee status is continually evolving to suit States, rather than refugees, it asks what the continuing ‘value’ of refugee status is for those individuals seeking protection, and durable solutions in particular. It involves ethnographic, multi-sited fieldwork, primarily with displaced Eritreans, to explore their expectations and experiences of refugee status and alternative pathways to protection.
She teaches on courses at the Refugee Studies Centre and has previously taught at the Department of Geography at the University of Oxford and as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the College of Arts and Social Sciences in Eritrea. She was a co-convener of the Oxford Central Africa Forum, and previously served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration.
She holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from Oxford, and a BA (Hons) in Geography from Trinity College, Cambridge.
“But if Locals are Poorer than you, How would you Justify Additional Help?”: Rethinking the Purpose of Sensitive Interview Questions
Georgia Cole, (2018), Refugee Survey Quarterly
Questioning the value of ‘refugee’ status and its primary vanguard: the case of Eritreans in Uganda
Georgia Cole, (2018), RSC Working Paper Series, 124
How friends become foes: exploring the role of documents in shaping UNHCR’s behaviour
Georgia Cole, (2018), Third World Quarterly
‘Faithing’ gender and responses to violence in refugee communities:insights from the Sahrawi refugee camps and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Chloé Lewis and Georgia Cole, (2017), Gender, Violence, Refugees
Beyond labelling: rethinking the role and value of the refugee ‘label’ through semiotics
Georgia Cole, (2017), Journal of Refugee Studies