Fourth Annual Student Conference on Forced Migration
University of East London
18-19 March 2006
The Fourth Annual Student Conference entitled "Refugees: Questions of inclusion and exclusion" will take place at the University of East London on the 18-19 March 2006. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warwick University, March 15th, 2004
The growing national and international interest on the refugee phenomenon is currently reflected in the growing number of students working in the field of forced migration in the UK. Postgraduate students in different universities are researching various aspects of the issue from different perspectives. The First Annual Student Conference on Forced Migration that was held in Oxford in February 2003, proved to be a successful response to the need for a postgraduate student forum on forced migration and asylum in the UK. Therefore, The Second Annual Student Conference on Forced Migration was organised with the same ethos, entirely coordinated by students with the aim of creating a relaxed and supportive environment in which postgraduates can meet, present and share their research and their experience. This year the event was hosted by the Centre for Research in Ethnic Research at the Unoversity of Warwick and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council under the Teaching and Development Activities Scheme.
This year the conference included four parallel workshops, organised by ICAR, that offered more focused discussions on various practical, methodological, and career related issues and were led by experts in the field.
Around 100 postgraduate delegates (MA/MSc/MPhil/PhD, etc.) from over 30 different UK and international universities attended. Fifteen postgraduate students were selected by the Student Planning Committee following a call for papers to present their developing research work and/or completed findings and a group of experts were invited as speakers to take part in the workshops.
Postgraduates studying in a wide range of multi-disciplinary fields attended, including: migration studies, refugee studies, development studies, social work, law, economics, planning, geography, sociology, international relations, race and ethinc relations, psychology, mental health and media studies.
Dr Katia Amore holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations and a Master Degree in Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of Warwick in the UK. She graduated in Oriental Languages and Literatures from Ca' Foscari University in Venice. Her research focuses on issues related to "voluntary" or "forcible" refugee repatriations with an emphasis on EU policies and the case of Kosovar refugees.She has launched the weblog Migration Island dedicated to issues related to migration and asylum.
Magali Dreyfus holds a degree in Law and a Master degree in comparative public law from La Sorbonne University in Paris. She worked one year as a volunteer for the CEAR (Comision espanola de ayuda a los refugiados) in Madrid. In Paris she also tought French to refugees and migrants recently arrived. She did an internship at the CRER, where she worked on a project dealing with the question of immigration and integration in Europe through the study of the French and British cases. She is currently a doctoral student at the European University in Florence.
Dr. Ekuru Aukot
Dr. Ekuru Aukot holds a LLB, LLM, and a PhD from the School of Law, Warwick University; Advocate of the High of Kenya. The subjetc of his PhD thesis is: 'The Localization of International Refugee Law: Implications of Law, Policy & Practice of Refugee Admission and Protection in Kenya'.
She graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris in 2002 (major International Development);
She conducted some research for the UN (ECLAC) on natural disasters in Santiago of Chile and worked for a humanitarian NGO (ACTED) in Tadjikistan. She is currently completing an MSc in Environment and Development at LSE.
Jessica Porter graduated from the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford in June 2003, with an MSc in Forced Migration. She is currently working for the North of England Refugee Service as a part-time case worker and also works alongside Elise, co-ordinating ICAR/UNHCR's postgraduate network.