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Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
Department of Geography
26 Bedford Way
London
Appointment
  • Reader in Human Geography
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

My research focuses on the intersections between gender, generation and religion in experiences of and responses to conflict-induced displacement and statelessness, with a particular regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. I have conducted extensive research in refugee camps and urban areas including in Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, France, Lebanon, South Africa, Syria, Sweden, and the UK. At UCL I am Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, and the coordinator of the Refuge in a Moving World research network (@RefugeMvingWrld).


Research Summary

My research focuses on the intersections between gender, generation and religion in experiences of and responses to conflict-induced displacement and statelessness, with a particular regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. I have conducted extensive research in refugee camps and urban areas including in Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, France, Lebanon, South Africa, Syria, Sweden, and the UK. I am the Co-Director of UCL's Migration Research Unit, and the coordinator of the Refuge in a Moving World research network across UCL (@RefugeMvingWrld). I am the PI of a new major AHRC-ESRC funded project, 'Local Community Experiences of and Responses to Displacement from Syria', awarded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (see www.refugeehosts.org). In 2016 I was also awarded a further major European Research Council award for my 5-year project, South-South Humanitarian Responses to Displacement: Views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, which will run from 2017-2022.

My recent publications include The Ideal Refugees: Gender, Islam and the Sahrawi Politics of Survival (Syracuse University Press, 2014), South-South Educational Migration, Humanitarianism and Development: Views from the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East, (Routledge, 2015, paperback 2017), The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, (co-editor, Oxford University Press, 2014, paperback 2017) and Intersections of Religion and Migration: Issues at the Global Crossroads (co-editor, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

In 2015, I was awarded a 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of 'the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.' In 2013, I wwas awarded the Lisa Gilad Prize by the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) for 'the most innovative and thoughtful contribution to the advancement of refugee studies' in 2011 and 2012 (in recognition of my article 'The pragmatics of performance: putting 'faith' in aid in the Sahrawi refugee camps').

I am one of the co-founding Editors of the new journal, Migration and Society and one of the Series Editors of the Palgrave Religion and Global Migrations book series. I was Reviews Editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies between 2011-2017.

Teaching Summary

UNDERGRADUATE MODULES
GEOG3048: Migration and Transnationalism (on leave 2017-2018)
 
GRADUATE MODULES
GEOGG201: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration
GEOGG205: Gender, Generation and Forced Migration (Course Convenor)
GEOGG202: Issues in Global Migration (on leave 2017-2018)

Appointments
NOV-2017 Fellow Higher Education Academy  , United Kingdom
01-SEP-2017 Member AHRC-GCRF Strategic Advisory Group AHRC-GCRF, United Kingdom
2017 Journal Series Editor 'Migration and Society' Berghahn, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2016 Academic Chair Refugees and Forced Migration Hub Joint Learning Initiative on Local Faith Communities, United Kingdom
  Advisory Board Member UCL Humanitarian Institute UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2017 Chair of Policy Engagement Committee UCL RELIEF Centre UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2016 – 01-JUL-2017 Research and Policy Advisory Board Member Religious Literacy and Local Leadership in Humanitarian Acti Harvard University and Oxfam, United Kingdom
2016 Member Grand Challenges Justice and Equality Working Group UCL, United Kingdom
2016 – 2016 Member ESRC-ARHC Commissioning Panel Member ESRC, United Kingdom
2016 – 2018 Member ESRC–GCRF Peer Review Panel ESRC-GCRF, United Kingdom
2015 – 2016 Member ESRC Doctoral Training Network +3 Assurance Checking Panel ESRC Doctoral Training Network, United Kingdom
2014 Founding Co-Editor Religion and Global Migrations Book Series Palgrave-Macmillan, United Kingdom
2012 – 2017 International Advisory Group Member Forced Migration Review International Advisory Group  , United Kingdom
2011 – 2016 Member UK Home Office’s Independent Advisory Group on Country Infor  , United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
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