Visiting Research Fellow
Dr. Helidah Ogude-Chambert is a scholar and practitioner of Migration and International Development with over 15 years of experience. As a practitioner working on or in conflict-affected environments, she has dedicated her career to researching and addressing issues related to migration, forced displacement, conflict prevention, social cohesion, and intersectional inclusion. In the broadest sense, her interdisciplinary scholarship uses critical theories, mixed methods, and historical ways of thinking to understand how political elites exploit emotions and discourse to shape news media and state policies in ways that engineer differential premature death.
In her most recent research, Dr. Ogude-Chambert used corpus-assisted discourse studies to understand how U.K. newsprint media and the U.K. Government represented migrants during the height of the European ‘refugee crisis.’ Her work demonstrates that affective representational practices were central to justifying and enacting immigration policies that led to the routine production of border deaths, disproportionately affecting Black and Brown men from the Global South.
She has previously worked at the World Bank across various countries in Africa and East Asia as a Social Development Specialist, and for the Government of South Africa (The Presidency and Economic Ministry) as a Senior Policy Researcher.
Academic contact: Tom Scott-Smith