Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies, Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, and Director of the Refuge in a Moving World interdisciplinary research network at University College London (UCL). Her research examines experiences of and responses to conflict-induced displacement, with a particular regional focus on the Middle East. She has conducted extensive research in refugee camps and urban areas including in Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, France, Jordan, Lebanon, South Africa, Syria, Sweden, and the UK.

Elena is currently leading a number of major externally-funded research projects, including Refugee Hosts, a 4-year AHRC-ESRC funded project which is examining responses to displacement from Syria through research with and in 9 communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey (www.refugeehosts.org), and Southern Responses to Displacement: Views from the Middle East, a 5-year project funded by the European Research Council (www.southernresponses.org).

Elena’s recent publications include The Handbook of South-South Relations (co-editor, Routledge, 2018),  South-South Educational Migration, Humanitarianism and Development: Views from the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East, (Routledge, 2015), The Ideal Refugees: Gender, Islam and the Sahrawi Politics of Survival (Syracuse University Press, 2014) and The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, (co-editor, Oxford University Press, 2014). With Dr. Mette Berg of UCL-IOE, Elena is a Co-Founding Editor of the new journal, Migration and Society.

You can follow her and her research on @FiddianQasmiyeh, @RefugeeHosts and @SouthernResp, and via www.refugeehosts.org and www.southernresponses.org.
DPhil International Development, University of Oxford
MA International Relations, UNSW
MSc Gender and Development, LSE
BA(Hons) Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Forced Migration, Humanitarianism, Migration Studies, Religion and Migration, Gender, Islam, Middle Eastern Studies, South-South Cooperation, Southern, postcolonial and decolonial theories