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New Head of Department

We are delighted to announce that Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea has taken over as Head of Department; he succeeds Professor Christopher Adam, who has led the department for the past two years. Read more.

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Queen's Anniversary Prize for OPHI

The University of Oxford was among 22 UK educational institutions announced as winners of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, for research carried out by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID.

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Loren Landau joins ODID

We are delighted to welcome Loren Landau as Professor of Migration and Development. Loren's interdisciplinary scholarship explores mobility, multi-scale governance, and the transformation of socio-political communities across the global south.

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Sharing methodological learning

Young Lives has launched a new project which aims to share learning on the methodological and ethical challenges of carrying out longitudinal research in low and middle-income countries. Find out more and take part.

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Four Refugee Economies reports

The Refugee Economies Programme has published four new reports based on research in Ethiopia and Kenya, exploring the economic lives of refugees. One report was also published in Somali in a new effort to aid greater dissemination to refugee and host communities.

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Exploring emerging technologies

The Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at ODID convened the 4th China-UK Forum on Innovation and Development, to explore the benefits and challenges of emerging technologies for sustainable and inclusive development.

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Dame Marina Warner

Novelist and academic Dame Marina Warner delivered the 2019 Annual Harrell-Bond lecture, which explored the potential of imaginative 'tale-spinning' in establishing a sense of place and belonging for refugees and forced migrants. Listen to the podcast.

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Our latest Annual Report is now online - you can read all about our new research awards and publications and the past year's events, plus features on inequality in Latin America, crony capitalism in the Middle East and student protest.

Download the report.
The latest issue of FMR focuses on 'Return'. Voluntary return in safety and with dignity has long been a core tenet of the international refugee regime. In the 23 articles in the issue, authors explore various obstacles to achieving sustainable return, discuss the need to guard against premature or forced return, and debate the assumptions and perceptions that influence policy and practice.

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Return: voluntary, safe, dignified, and durable?

Ruben Andersson (2019) 'The anthropological borderlands of global migration'. In J MacClancy (ed) Exotic no more: Anthropology for the contemporary world. University of Chicago Press.

Georgia Cole (2019) 'Avoiding refugee status and alternatives to asylum', RSC Research in Brief No 14

Vanshaj Ravi Jain (2019) 'Frozen frontier: uti possidetis and the decolonization of South Asia', RSC Working Paper No 130

Edoardo Masset and Jorge García Hombrados (2019): ‘Impact of the SADA-Northern Ghana Millennium Village Project on multidimensional poverty: A comparison of dash-board and index approaches’, OPHI Working Paper No 130

Tom Scott-Smith (2019) ‘Beyond the boxes: refugee shelter and the humanitarian politics of life’, American Ethnologist

Suman Seth and Melba V Tutor (2019) ‘Evaluation of anti-poverty programs’ impact on joint disadvantages: Insights from the Philippine experience’, OPHI Working Paper No 132

Nikita Sud (2019) 'The Unfixed State of Unfixed Land', Development and Change

Nicolai Suppa (2019) ‘Work and wellbeing: A conceptual proposal’, OPHI Working Paper No 131

Matthew Willner‐Reid (2019) 'The law of diminishing returns: UNHCR's evolving discourse on returning refugee vulnerability in Afghanistan', Development Policy Review
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In an article for Foreign Policy with David Keen, Associate Professor Ruben Anderson suggests that in the name of fighting illegal immigration, the EU, the United States, and Australia are emboldening authoritarian regimes, fueling abuses and corruption, and stoking intolerance at home.
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In the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, Professor Alexander Betts writes on the migration crisis in the Americas. He compares the situation and the response in the Americas to that in Europe since 2015, and details the lessons that can be learned from Europe. Read the article.
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Associate Professor Nikita Sud drew on her research to comment for Reuters on increasingly contentious disputes in India regarding land claimed for temple deities. She also took part in Al Jazeera's Listening Post, talking about how Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using overseas mega-rallies with the Indian diaspora to bolster his image.
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Departmental Lecturer Ivan Manokha wrote for the French edition of Huffington Post about the rise of 'deepfake' videos, how they are becoming increasingly difficult to detect and the threat they pose to democracy. Read the article (in French).
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Photo credits: Anahitha Sagar, MPhil in Development Studies 2017-19 (Annual Report).
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