PositionBetts Alexander

William Golding Senior Fellow and Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs


BA (Durham), MSc (Bristol), MPhil (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)

Research Interests

Refugees, migration, international institutions, African politics.


  • Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs (2015-)
  • Associate Professor in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford (2011-15)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CISAC, Stanford University (2010-11)
  • Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations, Wadham College, Oxford (2007-10)
  • Rose Junior Research Fellow in International Relations, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (2006-7)

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

International Relations; Comparative Politics.

Graduate Teaching Areas

Refugee and Forced Migration Studies; International Relations.

Selected Publications

Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (Penguin and Oxford University Press, 2017, with Paul Collier)

Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2016, with Will Jones)

Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development (Oxford University Press, 2016, with Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan, and Naohiko Omata)

Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013)

Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009)


  • Serves as a Councillor on the World Refugee Council.
  • Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2016.
  • Named as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2016.
  • Awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research in 2016.
  • Named by Thinkers50 as one of the top emerging business influencers in 2017.


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