Refugee-Led Research Hub
Launched in 2021
Funding: IKEA Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Bosch Foundation
The Refugee-Led Research Hub (RLRH) aims to support scholars and researchers from displaced communities, predominantly in Eastern Africa, to be leaders in knowledge production and decision making in the field of Forced Migration Studies and humanitarian research.
The Refugee-Led Research Hub (RLRH) provides support to scholars who have been affected by forced displacement to advance an agenda for refugee-authored scholarship and research in the field of Forced Migration Studies. It achieves this by (1) supporting displaced scholars and researchers to participate meaningfully in research; (2) enabling refugees to develop research and research-related careers; and (3) developing a participatory and co-designed approach to the social sciences and humanities. The RLRH is housed between the RSC and the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi.
The RLRH aims to support scholars and researchers from displaced communities, predominantly in Eastern Africa, to be leaders in knowledge production and decision making in the field of Forced Migration Studies and humanitarian research. RLRH endeavours to bring its name to life: displaced scholars and researchers comprise a large majority of the organisational structure and leadership, supported by non-refugee colleagues who work to transfer their skills and privileges for the enrichment of refugee colleagues. With refugees at the centre of organisation leadership, and as the explicit contributors of all academic and research activities, RLRH aims to build an intellectually rich community of scholars and researchers who best understand displacement and are able to speak to the issues with authority, authenticity, and force.
Overview of activities
At the RLRH, we make efforts to help all affiliates grow and succeed both academically and professionally. A key underpinning of our work is a graduation model that supports individuals in acquiring all the skills they need, beginning with the foundational Online Course in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and carrying onward to advanced and prestigious intellectual and career opportunities.