Module Convenors and Associate Tutors

Each module of the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies is developed and run by specialists in the field. Module Convenors and Associate Tutors provide academic advice and support to their tutor groups by leading online discussions, providing feedback on online activities (‘E-tivities’) and the final assessment and advising on reading materials and other resources related to each module on the programme.

The Module Convenors and Associate Tutors for the programme are:

Alice Edwards
Alice Edwards
Module convenor: RPM270 Gender, sexual identity and age in the refugee context

Dr Alice Edwards is an experienced international refugee and human rights lawyer and scholar. She is the Head of the Secretariat for the Convention against Torture Initiative, www.cti2024.org, a global government-led initiative based in Geneva, Switzerland, and being spearheaded by the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco to achieve universal ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture, by 2024.

From 2010-2015, she was UNHCR’s Chief of Protection Policy and Legal Advice and the Senior Legal Coordinator in the Division of International Protection, Geneva. In 2001-2 and 2010-11, she was the focal point for the legal aspects of both the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the 1951 Refugee Convention respectively. UNHCR’s 2001-2 Global Consultations on International Protection resulted in the development of the first UNHCR legal guidelines on gender-related refugee claims, which she authored, along with many other guidelines in the series. Her publication on ‘Age and Gender Dimensions in International Refugee Law’ in E. Feller, V. Türk, and F. Nicholson (eds.), Refugee Protection in International Law: UNHCR’s Global Consultations on International Protection (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 46-80, and earlier gender research in Bosnia and Herzegovina charted a course for further legal and policy thinking in the area of women’s claims to refugee status. Her field assignments with UNHCR were in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda and Morocco.

Alice has held academic appointments in law at the universities of Oxford and Nottingham (2006-10), worked for Amnesty International in London (2005-6), and is widely published and cited. Her publications include the much-acclaimed book, Violence against Women under International Human Rights Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011, pb 2013), as well as three edited collections: Human Security and Non-Citizens (CUP, pb & hb 2011), Nationality and Statelessness under International Law (ed., CUP, 2014, pb 2016) and In Flight from Conflict and Violence: UNHCR’s Consultations on Refugee Status and Other Forms of International Protection (ed., CUP, forthcoming 2016). She is an editor of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, Refugee Law Reader and Migration Studies Journal. LL.B (Hons.), B.A (UTAS), LL.M (Distinction) (Nottingham), PhD (ANU). She is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.

Vickie Knox
Vickie Knox
Module tutor: Researching Refugees, research methods component of the Dissertation (core module)

Vickie Knox is in the final stage of her PhD at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her doctoral research explores the links between organised crime and migration in Mesoamerica, in the contexts of mixed migration and the emerging protection crisis in the region. Previously she has worked on reproductive rights and equality, with a particular focus on Latin America, and is a co-director of the Central America Woman’s Network. She has considerable experience in communications and campaigns and has held senior roles in advocacy organisations including Amnesty International and International Alert, and worked as an independent consultant for several years. She also has degrees from Queen Mary University of London and University of Brighton, and her other research interests include international human rights law, equality and discrimination, and reproductive rights.

Matthew Scott
Matthew Scott
Module tutor: RPM010 Protecting human rights, refugees and displaced persons in international law (core module)

Matthew is a UK-qualified solicitor and a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law at Lund University in Sweden. His research examines the scope of the non-refoulement obligation in the context of disasters and climate change. His research is part-funded by the European Refugee Fund and he is part of the Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (LUMIN).

He teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in asylum and immigration law and has delivered external training under the auspices of the Odysseus Academic Network.

Before commencing doctoral research he practiced asylum and immigration law at the Immigration Advisory Service in the United Kingdom. He has also worked for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Niklas Feith Tan
Niklas Feith Tan
Module tutor: RPM010 Protecting human rights, refugees and displaced persons in international law (core module)

Nikolas Feith Tan is a PhD fellow at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Aarhus University in international refugee law. He is currently acting as a Legal Advisor with the Danish Refugee Council. Nikolas’ doctorate looks at state cooperation in the field of migration control. An Australian lawyer admitted to practice, Nikolas is a former officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Copenhagen and Bachelors of Law and Arts (Political Science) from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Sarah Deardoff Miller
Dr Sarah Deardoff Miller
Module tutor: Securing refugee protection in practice

Sarah Deardorff Miller received her doctorate in international relations at Oxford University in 2014, where she focused on the role of UNHCR in protracted refugee situations. Her research interests include the politics of forced migration, protracted refugee situations, international humanitarian organisations and global governance. She has worked with various non-governmental organisations in Africa and Asia, and has worked and published with think tanks and research institutions in the USA and Europe. In 2015 she was a Franklin Fellow at the US Department of State. She is also teaching with the American University’s School of International Service, and continues to consult, research and write on refugee/internally displaced persons (IDP)-related issues.

Dr James Smith
Dr James Smith
Module co-convenor: RPM280 Displacement, healthcare and humanitarian action

James is a British medical doctor with an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London. He maintains an active research fellowship with the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and now works for MSF Switzerland’s Unité de Recherche sur les Enjeux et Pratiques Humanitaires (UREPH), where his interests include humanitarian ethics, evidence-based humanitarian response, the intersection between migration and humanitarian action, and aspects of global health governance.

Kat Eghdamian
Kat Eghdamian
Module tutor: RPM020 An introduction to forced migration studies (core module)

Kat Eghdamian is a specialist researcher and consultant on refugees and forced migration, religion, and minority rights issues. Her current research examines the relationship between religious identity and experiences of international displacement, with a focus on religious minorities among Syrian refugee populations across the Middle East and Europe.

Currently a PhD candidate (ESRC Scholar) at University College London (UCL), Kat is also a Fellow at the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen and a Research Associate for the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs. She holds postgraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Oxford.

Nicholas Maple
Nicholas Maple
Module tutor: RPM020 An introduction to forced migration studies (core module)

Nicholas Maple is a PhD candidate at the Refugee Law Initiative, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, under the supervision of Dr David Cantor. His PhD research examines reception policies in the global South and how they interact with the international refugee regime and its core norms, with a particular focus on freedom of movement. He is the Academic Support Officer for the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies and also teaches on the core module RPM020 An introduction to refugee and forced migration studies.

Nicholas has nearly two years’ experience working in the field as an advocate for organisations such as Asylum Access, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and UNHCR. He has worked as a researcher at the Refugee Law Initiative, completed consultancy work for organisations such as Chatham House and had work published by UNHCR.

Dr Christina Oelgemoller
Dr Christina Oelgemoller
Module tutor: RPM020 An introduction to forced migration studies (core module)

Christina Oelgemoller is currently a Lecturer in International Relations at Loughborough University. Prior to this she was in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, during which time Christina was awarded her DPhil. Her doctoral work is an interdisciplinary study in Geography and International Relations entitled ‘Migration management: the radical violence of the international politics of migration’. In this work, questions are asked about the construction of the ‘illegal migrant’ as a particular political subject, framed in the context of changes in the doctrine formation of international migration since the 1980s on the back of – among other factors – the Indochina refugee crisis. ‘Migration management’ raises important questions about normative violence, governance and ethics. Christina has a multidisciplinary background, with degrees in Social Policy, Politics and Law; Intercultural Work, Human Rights and Conflict Management; and Research Methods awarded by Universities in both Germany and the UK. Outside of academia she has worked for several years in organisations including the UNHCR Branch Office in Berlin and an International NGO in Geneva.

Christina’s research is driven by questions about statecraft, democracy and ethics, around two specific areas of research interest: constructions of political subjectivity and equality (with a focus on international migrants/forced migration), and doctrine formation in international multilateralism and diplomacy (with a focus on post-conflict reconstruction and missing persons).