Dr Wen-Yu Wu

Dr Wen-Yu Wu

Research Fellow - Forced To Flee Project

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)



My scholarly interests lie in the areas of migration and refugee studies, youth, education, humanitarianism and ethnographic methods. I commit to a reflexive approach to research. Through the current project "Routes to Wellness" (previously Forced to Flee), I hope to explore the challenges and opportunities in doing participatory and collaborative research in which the existing power dynamics in knowledge production are constantly reflected and problematized. My previous PhD project investigates im/mobilities, waiting and hope in students’ expectations and pursuits toward higher education in the case of Syrian refugee students in Lebanon and Jordan. The work takes on a critical lens in examining humanitarian practices in providing educational opportunities in the region. 


PhD in Education, School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK
Funded by University of Birmingham, Global Challenges PhD Scholarship
MA in Middle Eastern Studies, Centre for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Funded by Ministry of Education, Taiwan for academic merits
BA in Public Administration and Policy, National Taipei University, Taiwan

Professional membership

Associated Fellowship (AFHEA), Advanced HE 


Wu, W. (2022). Money In-between the Fields: Performances and Expectations, Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences (PARISS), 3(1), 40-50. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/25903276-bja10031

Wen-Yu Wu (2018) Education in the Arab World, British Journal of Educational Studies, 66:3, 416-417, DOI: 10.1080/00071005.2018.1443723

2017 “Crises and Futures: Temporal Experiences among the Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon” Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies, 7 (1), https://prc.org.uk/upload/jprs/files/JPRS-12-2017.pdf

Other Publications
2019 “‘Who pays you?’ Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees” Refugee Host, 24 September, https://refugeehosts.org/2019/09/24/who-pays-you-guilt-and-reservations-in-producing-policy-relevant-research-on-refugees/

2016 “The pleasure and pain in remembrance” GUAVA Anthropology, April 8, http://guavanthropology.tw/article/6514(Mandarin Chinese)

2016 “What refugee label doesn’t say” the Initium, Jan. 9, https://theinitium.com/article/20160109-opinion-burjalbarajneh/ (Mandarin Chinese)

2015 “On learning about the Middle East” Program for Trans-disciplinary Education on Society-Humanity-Science (SHS Platform), April 29, http://shs.ntu.edu.tw/shsblog/?p=30783(Mandarin Chinese)

2015 “The ABC I learned in Palestine” Common Wealth Magazine Opinion, Feb. 25, http://opinion.cw.com.tw/blog/profile/52/article/2424(Mandarin Chinese)