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Tom Scott-Smith

MA, MSc, MPhil, DPhil


Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration

Tom Scott-Smith is Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, fellow of St. Cross College Oxford, and Course Director for the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration. He holds an M.Phil and D.Phil from the University of Oxford, an M.Sc from the University of London, and an M.A from the University of Edinburgh. He was previously Lecturer at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol and Senior Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford. Before coming to academia, Tom worked as a development practitioner concerned with the education sector in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Tom specializes in the ethnographic and historical study of humanitarian relief and its impact on the lives of refugees. His work on humanitarianism has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including American Ethnologist, Social Studies of Science, Development and Change, Third World Quarterly, Refugee Survey Quarterly, and the Journal of Refugee Studies. His book on the history of humanitarian nutrition, entitled On an Empty Stomach: Two Hundred Years of Hunger Relief will be published in 2020 by Cornell University Press.

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