Chloé Lewis, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Chloé specialises in the elision of conflict-related sexual violence committed against men and boys within the international protection framework, specifically the UN Security Council’s Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. This is an issue which she is exploring in the context of conflict-induced displacement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of her Doctorate at the University of Oxford. Chloé is also currently researching practices of asylum in African States. In addition to the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, she has a BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick for which she spent a year abroad at the University of California, San Diego. While in California, she worked with displaced communities on the outskirts of Tijuana and interned with Amnesty International USA.
James Souter, Co-Editor-in-Chief
James Souter began studying for a DPhil at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, in 2011. He is currently interested in ethical issues surrounding asylum, refugee policy, and border control. In his doctoral research, he is developing the notion that asylum should at times act as a form of reparation for past injustice. James also holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and a BA in Philosophy and History with European Studies from the University of Exeter. He is currently a volunteer with the Oxford-based organisation, Asylum Welcome.
Emily Bates, Policy Monitor Editor
Emily’s primary interests lie in the political and policy challenges surrounding forced migration, especially with regard to protracted refugee situations in the Middle East. She most recently explored the ways in which Palestinian children and youth experience prolonged exile and their participation in political conflict. Prior to completing her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, she earned an Honours Bachelor degree in International Studies and Modern Languages (Arabic) from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Ursula Wagner, Field Monitor Editor
Ursula’s main interest is internal displacement, and her regional focus is Latin America. She holds a BA in Anthropology and a Minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Masters of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Ursula has field experience with IDP populations in Colombia. Her work focused on how citizenship is defined and practiced by those belonging to Organizations of Displaced Persons in the city of Medellín. Additionally, Ursula has conducted research related to irregular migration through Latin America, and media representations of refugees.
Rachel Mayer, First Hand Editor
Rachel holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford in addition to a First Class degree in International Relations and Anthropology from the University of Sussex. Her recent research has focused on children and youth and forced migration both in the context of UK asylum and refugee resettlement. She most recently explored the impact of vulnerability-led protection tools including the resettlement criteria, UNHCR’s vulnerability and risk identification tools and UNHCR’s implementation of the Guidelines on the Best Interests of the Child. Her regional focus and previous work have been predominantly in South Asia however she is currently working with unaccompanied minors in Cairo, Egypt.
Ellie Ott, Policy Monitor Editor
Ellie’s research and policy interests include resettlement, refugee community-based approaches to development, and protracted refugee situations. Ellie holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration and is currently studying for a second MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. She previously worked as a social-science research analyst for the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, interned for UNCHR Headquarters in Geneva, and volunteered with refugees in Pittsburgh and Kala Refugee Camp in Zambia. In addition, Ellie holds a BS in chemistry and a BA in history and French as well as certificates in African Studies and Western European Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
Hanna Baumann, Academic Articles Editor
Hanna’s research is mainly concerned with refugee situations in the Middle East and North Africa. Having worked in humanitarian and human rights organisations in Israel/Palestine for several years, she is particularly interested in protracted refugee situations in the urban context and displacement within cities. In 2011/12, she is exploring this type of forced migration on the local level in various cities in the frame of a Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs. Hanna holds an MSc (Dist) in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from Oxford and a BA (summa cum laude) in Middle Eastern History and Art History from Barnard College.
Emma Tobin, Field Monitor Editor
Emma’s primary academic interests are in issues of citizenship, nationalism, and national identity for displaced people. She has done extensive work with Tibetan exile communities in India, Nepal, and the U.S. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Hampshire College and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Her current research addresses the role of the internet in forming, maintaining, and transforming diasporic communities and their relationships to the “homeland.”
Robyn Plasterer, Law Monitor Editor
Robyn has been engaged with refugee education and resettlement programs since starting her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia (Canada). During her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at Oxford, she focused on issues relating to remittances, transnational philanthropy and refugee education. Currently, she is an intern at the UNHCR in the department of international protection with the Education unit.
Anne Peters, First Hand Editor
Anne’s academic and professional interests lie in the humanitarian development nexus, with particular emphasis on forced migration issues in the transition phase from complex emergencies in post-conflict situations to sustainable development. She has gained some firsthand experience working in post-Tsunami Thailand as well as post-election crisis Kenya and is currently interning with the Operational Solutions and Transition Unit of UNHCR in Geneva. In addition to her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, she holds a Master of Arts (Honours) from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) where she studied Sustainable Development and International Relations.