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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. 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).


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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) and The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, (co-editor, Oxford University Press, 2014).

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 Series Editors of the new Palgrave Religion and Global Migrations book series and have been the Reviews Editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies since 2011

Teaching Summary

UNDERGRADUATE MODULES
GEOG3048: Migration and Transnationalism (Course Convenor)
 
GRADUATE MODULES
GEOGG201: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration (Course Convenor)
GEOGG205: Gender, Generation and Forced Migration (Course Convenor)
GEOGG202: Issues in Global Migration (Contributor: lectures on forced migration and humanitarianism)

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