Alexander Betts

Alexander Betts is director of the Refugee Studies Centre and Leopold Muller Professor of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. His research is on the politics and political economy of refugees, migration, and humanitarianism, with a geographical focus on Africa. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including (most recently) Global Migration Governance (2011), UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (2012), Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (2013), Implementation in World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice (2014), and the forthcoming The Animators: How Diasporas Mobilize to Contest Authoritarianism (2016).

Betts has worked for UNHCR and as a consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, OCHA, and the Council of Europe. His work has been funded by, among others, the MacArthur Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He sits on UNHCR’s “i Circle,” is a member of the World Humanitarian Summit’s Thematic Working Group on Transformation Through Innovation, and is founding director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project. He can be followed on Twitter at @alexander_betts.