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 Stonebridge is Professor of Humanities and Human Rights in the Department of English Literature and Institute for Research into Superdiversity, (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham.  Her research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and history, Human Rights, and Refugee Studies, drawing on the interdisciplinary connections between literature, history, politics, law and social policy.  She is a scholar of the political philosopher, Hannah Arendt and following Arendt, adopts a comparative and question-driven approach to modern cultural history.


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 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.


Hari Reed, Research and Co-Editor

Hari curates the Refugee History site and manages the experts directory. She coordinated Refugee History's contribution to the 2017 Being Human festival. She is a PhD student at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores the ways that grassroots refugee organisations represent refugees creatively and on social media. 


Advisory Board

Providing strategic advice and oversight to our activities.

Jeff Crisp

Dr Jeff Crisp has held senior positions with UNHCR, where he was Head of Policy Development and Evaluation, as well as Refugees International (Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy) and the Global Commission on International Migration (Director of Policy and Research). He has also worked as an academic, journalist and in the NGO sector. Jeff has first-hand experience of refugee situations throughout the world and has published, lectured and broadcast extensively on humanitarian issues. He holds a Masters degree and PhD in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham. He is currently a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and Honorary Professor at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

Lisa Matthews

Lisa Matthews is a coordinator at Right to Remain, a national organisation that works with groups across the UK supporting people to establish their right to remain with dignity and humanity, and challenges injustice in the asylum and immigration system.  Lisa has worked at Right to Remain since 2011.  Her previous experience is in providing psycho-social support to refugees in Cairo, mental health community outreach with London's Somali and Bangladeshi communities, asylum and immigration legal casework, integration case management with refugees, and asylum advice.  She has a Masters Degree in War, History and Memory from the University of Manchester.

Daniel Trilling

Daniel Trilling is editor of New Humanist magazine and a journalist whose reporting and commentary on refugees in Europe has been published by the London Review of Books, Guardian and New Statesman among others. He is the author of Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain's Far Right (Verso, 2012) and the forthcoming Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe (Picador, 2018).