School of Advanced Study shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award

An ambitious three-year research project led by SAS's Dr David James Cantor receives recognition in Times Higher Education Awards 2017
Times Higher Education Awards 2017
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My colleagues and I are delighted by the recognition that this shortlisting gives to research in the field of refugees and internally displaced persons

‘Pushing the boundaries’, an ambitious research project led by Dr David James Cantor from the Refugee Law Initiative, part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. The winners are due to be announced at a gala ceremony on 30 November.

Shortlisted in the Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences category, the three-year initiative (full title ‘Pushing the boundaries: new dynamics of forced migration and transnational responses in Latin America’) analysed how Latin American states use transnational structures and interventions to address new security and justice challenges resulting from forced migration flows.

The first serious study of the dynamics of forced migration provoked not by war or government persecution but by the activities of organised criminal groups, ‘Pushing the boundaries’ spearheaded research on this ‘new’ cause of forced migration and shifted the traditional notions concerning legal protection of refugees in Latin America.

The project’s findings presented a novel model of Latin American cooperation in refugee protection as a viable alternative to regional models applied in Europe and elsewhere.  

Dr Cantor is one of the lead academics in the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. Including a module that explores regional frameworks and approaches for responding to refugee movements in Latin America, the programme is unique in being the only one of its type offered by distance learning.

"My colleagues and I are delighted by the recognition that this shortlisting for the Times Higher Education Awards Research Project of the Year 2017 gives to research in the field of refugees and internally displaced persons," Dr Cantor said. "The shortlisting also benefits this overlooked region of Latin America by further publicising the need for both understanding and action on the intractable forced displacement caused by organised crime in these countries."