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Young Lives phone survey findings
The first results from the Young Lives at Work phone survey show that young people in their study countries are going hungry, facing widespread job losses or suspension without pay, and severely disrupted education as a result of the pandemic and lockdown. 

New Leverhulme Research Fellowship
Professor Tom Scott-Smith has won a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to explore the life of Lord John Boyd Orr (1880–1971). The project examines Orr’s intellectual history, asking how his political views changed from youthful conservatism to radical idealism.

Mexican labour courts research prize
Professor Christopher Woodruff and colleagues Joyce Sadka and Enrique Seira of ITAM have been awarded the 2019 Victor Urquidi Prize in Economics by the Collegio de Mexico for their research on the functioning of Mexico's labour courts. Find out more about the work and its impact.

Alexander Betts on new EU pact
Professor Alexander Betts was interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the European Commission’s ‘New Pact on Migration and Asylum', saying the 'reset' was welcome but much depends on political will among member states. Read more.

Ann Irfan wins best article prize
Anne Irfan, Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration, has won this year’s Contemporary Levant Best Paper Award for her paper ‘Petitioning for Palestine: Refugee appeals to international authorities.’ Find out more and access the paper. 

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A new book by Jessie Barton-Hronešová explores differing pathways to redress for victims/survivors of the 1992-5 Bosnian war – families of missing persons, victims of torture, survivors of sexual violence, and victims suffering physical disabilities and harm.

Jessie Barton-Hronešová (2020) The Struggle for Redress: Victim Capital in Bosnia and HerzegovinaSpringer


Christopher Adam, Mark Henstridge, Stevan Lee (2020) ‘After the lockdown: macroeconomic adjustment to the COVID-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy
Cathrine Briddick (2020) ‘Combatting or enabling domestic violence? Evaluating the residence rights of migrant victims of domestic violence in Europe', International & Comparative Law Quarterly
Cheryl Doss, Jemimah Njuki and Helena Mika (2020) ‘The potential intersections of COVID-19, gender and food security in Africa’, Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security
Marie Godin and Georgia Donà (2020) 'Rethinking transit zones: migrant trajectories and transnational networks in Techno-Borderscapes', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,

Kate Pincock, Alexander Betts and Evan Easton-Calabria (2020) ‘The rhetoric and reality of localisation: refugee-led organisations in humanitarian governance’, Journal of Development Studies

Vanya Slavchevska, Cheryl Doss, Ana Paola de la O Campos and Chiara Brunelli (2020) ‘Beyond ownership: women’s and men’s land rights in Sub-Saharan Africa’, Oxford Development Studies
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Juan Manuel Santos and Sabina Alkire of OPHI wrote for Project Syndicate about what the most recent Multidimensional Poverty Index tells us about progress in improving the lives of the poor, suggesting that rather than allowing these gains to be reversed by the COVID-19 pandemic, governments should seize on the moment to redouble their efforts.
As lockdown eases in India, Nikita Sud was interviewed by TRT World on what lies behind - and what can be done to tackle - the country's twin health and economic crises, suggesting that the national government could learn from responses in some states. Watch the interview
In an article for Culturico, Dawn Chatty unpicks some of the myths around recent UK government pronouncements about an 'invasion' of migrants and emphasises that the UK should open up safe, legal means for all people fleeing armed conflict, death, torture, and other forms of persecution to make their asylum claims in the country.
'The supervisor is always present, even when they are absent from the office. This is unprecedented in human history' - Ivan Manokha spoke to CTECH about the increased use of employee surveillance tools as a result of home working during the pandemic. Read the article. 
Corneliu Bjola and recently completed DPhil Ilan Manor analysed NATO's public digital diplomacy during the COVID-19 crisis for Turkish Policy Quarterly to assess what was new, whether it struck the right balance, and what lessons could be drawn. Read the analysis
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