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Georgia Cole


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.