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Emeritus Professor and former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, 2006–2010
Roger Zetter is Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies, retiring as the fourth Director of the Refugee Studies Centre in September 2011. His long association with the RSC commenced in 1988 as Founding Editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies, published by Oxford University Press, a position held until 2001.
Following degrees from Cambridge and Nottingham Universities he completed his DPhil at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; this research on the Greek–Cypriot Refugees from 1974 was the foundation for a career-long engagement with questions of institutional and bureaucratic power and the labelling of refugees. His 1991 paper ‘Labelling refugees: forming and transforming a bureaucratic identity’ in the Journal of Refugee Studies is one of the most widely cited papers in the field of refugee studies. For the centenary of Oxford University Press Journals, the paper was selected as one of the 100 most influential papers published over the previous century.
Roger has written over 30 peer reviewed papers, over 20 book chapters, four books, 10 major research reports and numerous op eds.
Sustainable Refugee Return: Triggers, constraints and lessons on addressing the development challenges of forced displacement
Niels Harild, Asger Christensen, Roger Zetter, (2015)
Protection in Crisis: Forced Migration and Protection in a Global Era
Roger Zetter, (2015)
Protecting Forced Migrants: A State of the Art Report of Concepts, Challenges and Ways Forward
Roger Zetter, (2014)
Development and protection challenges of the Syrian refugee crisis
Roger Zetter and Héloïse Ruaudel, (2014), Forced Migration Review