The Displacement Studies Research Network based at the University of Plymouth seeks to provide a voice for the displaced and facilitates a platform for research projects with our global partners.
In recent years, conflict, poverty, and natural and human inflicted disasters have caused an unprecedented rise in the numbers of internally and externally displaced persons and forced migration. Plymouth has witnessed a steady increase in the number of charities, development and support programmes for asylum seekers and refugees since acquiring the status of the centre for arrival and distribution in the South West of England.
The Displacement Studies Research Network seeks to provide a voice for the displaced and facilitates a platform for inter/trans/cross-disciplinary research projects with our global partners.
Doing so provides a research embedded opportunity to officially launch the network and connecting faculties and research active staff in fields related to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and the international, regional and local networks of academics and researchers, policy makers, NGOs, and charitable organisations.
This event will further strengthen our external networks and establishes Plymouth as a leading interdisciplinary displacement studies research community.
- Professor Virginia Murray (Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England, Visiting Professor in Health Protection, MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College and King’s College, London and Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy at University of Cambridge)
- Professor Nasser Yassin (Director of Research at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Professor of Policy and Planning, Health Management and Policy Department, American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
- Professor Andrew Collins (Professor of Disaster and Development, Northumbria University)
- Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Principal Investigator leading the Refugee Hosts project; and Reader in Human Geography and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit at University College London)
- Dr Ahmed Masoud (Writer and Director of Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre, UK)
- Dr Diana Walters (International Heritage Consultant, UK and a member of the Cultural Heritage without Boarders)
- David Feindouno (Devon Area Manager, British Red Cross)
- Dr Martin Mowforth (Associate Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences)
- Rosie Brennan (Senior Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Business)
- Dr Sana Murrani (Lecturer in Architecture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and founder of the Displacement Studies Research Network)
- Dr Haya Al-Dajani (Principal Investigator ESRC DfID project on Resilient Refugee Women, and Principal Investigator on GCRF ESRC AHRC project on Syrian Refugee Artisans in Jordan, Associate Professor (Reader) in Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business, and co-founder of the iSPER Displacement Studies Research Network)
- Professor Iain Stewart (Professor of Geoscience Communication, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute)
The event is sponsored by the University's Arts Institute, the Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Research Group within the Institute for Social, Political and Enterprise Research (iSPER), the Sustainable Earth Institute, and Research and Innovation.