Alex Betts | Implementation and World Politics

How International Norms Change Practice

Monday, April 8, 2013 (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map)


Alexander Betts, Associate Professor, Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, University of Oxford


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Alexander Betts is a University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, and a Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford, where he was previously the Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations. He received his MPhil (in Development Studies, with Distinction) and DPhil (in International Relations) from the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the international politics of asylum, migration, and humanitarianism, with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009), Global Migration Governance (Oxford University Press, 2011), Refugees in International Relations (with Gil Loescher, Oxford University Press, 2011), UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (with Gil Loescher and James Milner, Routledge, 2012), and the forthcoming Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013). He is Director of Oxford’s new Humanitarian Innovation Project. He has worked for UNHCR and as a consultant to the Council of Europe, IOM, UNDP, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and his work has been funded by, amongst others, the MacArthur Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the Oxford University Press John Fell Fund, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has held teaching and research positions at University of Texas at Austin, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Stanford University.


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