Understanding historical and political contexts to solve the refugee crisis.

Refugee History is an initiative of the University of East Anglia. It has been jointly funded by the School of History, the Faculty of Arts, and from UEA's internal impact fund.

Refugee History is a site and interactive network for journalists, policy-makers, lawyers, NGOs, students, activists, academics, writers and artists and anyone interested in enriching and informing current debates about refugees with new research, insights and reports. It provides a platform for academic research, evidence from the field, professional expertise and personal experience relating to the broad issues of refugees and refugeedom.

Refugee History also operates as an online network through which members are able to share their perspectives on matters refugee, highlight new research, promote best practice, and develop new and collaborative research methods aimed at making an impact on current debates. Our members are some of the foremost thinkers and practitioners dealing with refugee issues today and come from many sectors, disciplines and parts of the world. Our directory is for public use and serves as a go-to guide of who to talk to about the many different facets of refugee and migration issues and scholarship.

If you are a journalist or work in policy or civil society and are looking for an expert to speak to about your work, research of challenges you face then please get in touch. We can put you in touch with our experts and share their research with you, all free of charge.

We have no political agenda, are entirely independent and no shared objectives connect us other than the desire to bring evidence, expertise and experience to current conversations around refugee and migration issues.

To get in touch about the project, make a submission or for media enquiries please contact info@refugeehistory.org or tweet us @RefugeeHistory.


Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge, Joint project lead

Lyndsey writes on twentieth-century literature and history, Human Rights and Refugee Studies, and teaches courses on the History of Human Rights and Literature and Human Rights. She is the lead for the Humanities in Human Rights network


Dr Becky Taylor, Joint project lead

Becky is Reader in Modern History UEA and Britain’s leading historian of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. Her research is focused on minorities, migration and the state and is an expert in the histories of state expansion, migration, ideologies and violence as well as histories of empire, xenophobia and identity.


Dr Kate Ferguson, Impact & Research

Kate curates the Refugee History site and manages the experts directory. She is Research & Policy Director at Protection Approaches an Research Associate at the University of East Anglia, where she teaches on human rights, international justice, and contemporary mass violence. Kate specialises in bringing academic and field research to policy.