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Dawn Chatty

Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration
Director of Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford


Dawn Chatty is Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. Her academic experience encompasses a wide range of forced migration issues caused by development and infrastructure projects as well as conflicts and violence.     Prof. Chatty specializes in the Middle East Region with a particular interest in marginalized, indigenous and mobile populations. She has been amongst the pioneers to research the populations displaced by nature conservation initiatives and to attract attention to the complexities of "forced settlement" of mobile peoples. She has researched the sociocultural, economic, health, gender and generational aspects of displacement in various contexts and authored six books in the field. Before joining to Oxford University, Prof. Chatty taught at universities in the United States, Lebanon, Syria and Oman and worked as a development practitioner for UNDP, UNICEF, FAO and IFAD projects. For more information about her works and publications please visit her RSC web page and personal website.
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David Turton

Senior Research Fellow, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Honorary Associate, Refugee Studies Centre,
University of Oxford

Dr. David Turton is a Senior Research Fellow at the African Studies Centre and Honorary Associate of the Refugees Studies Centre, where he was formerly Director and Reader in Forced Migration. His anthropological work has focused on southwestern Ethiopia, where he has studied the impacts of long-term ecological change on human displacement and the relationship between warfare, ethnicity and political identity. In refugee studies, he has had a particular interest in the conceptual and methodological problems involved in the study of forced displacement as a field of academic enquiry. His publications include "Forced Displacement and the Nation-State," in J. Robinson (ed.), Development and Displacement, Oxford University Press/Open University, 2002;The meaning of place in a world of movement”, Journal of Refugee Studies, 18:3, 2005; and “Who is a forced migrant?” In C. de Wet (ed.) Development-induced displacement: problems, policies and people. Berghahn Books, Oxford and New York, 2006.















Roger Zetter

Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies

Roger Zetter is Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies, and fomer Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. His long association with the RSC commenced in 1988 as Founding Editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies, published by Oxford University Press, a position held until 2001. Prof. Zetter has written o
ver 30 peer reviewed papers, over 20 book chapters, four books, 10 major research reports and numerous op eds. Besides refugee and humanitarian policies, his academic work includes shelter and settlement for the forcibly displaced, urban housing, and land and property issues. His current research explores the linkages between environmental change, livelihoods and displacement, focusing specifically on the protection of rights of those vulnerable to displacement by the impacts of climate change. The diverse funders of his research and consultancy include international agencies and organisations  such as UNHCR, UNHABITAT/IASC, UNDP, UNFPA, IOM UNDP, IFRC, World Bank, Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation and the European Commission.
For more information about his projects and publications please visit his RSC web page.












International Conference on Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement

22-23 March 2013

 Refugee Studies Centre (RSC)    Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)         University of Oxford


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