My colleague Constantin Ruhe and I are organizing a workshop June 25-26 at the German Development Institute on forced migration. We'll be hosting it at the Institute's headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and as a first step in organizing we've put out a call for papers and posters. The scope of the workshop will go beyond … Continue reading Workshop call for papers: Forced Migration Processes: Trends, Concepts and Patterns
Science has been on a mini-surge of publishing refugee related articles. The first that came across my desk was on the relationship between asylum applications and climate change. While I appreciated the spirit of it, I'm not the only one who thinks it's seriously flawed, and was surprised it was accepted in a journal as … Continue reading Algorithms and Refugee Integration
I was scanning Twitter this morning and came across this IRIN article on how aid agencies will have to rethink their data protection and privacy standards as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect. It raised a number of interesting personal data issues across the full spectrum of the humanitarian and NGO … Continue reading Data Protection in Humanitarian Contexts
2017 has been a good year for work in terms of academic, policy, and editorial writing. A lot of my writing is co-authored; I'm lucky to get to work with outstanding colleagues! Now for the recap: Academic writing The year started off with the publication of a collaborative effort between Pamina Firchow, Roger Mac Ginty, … Continue reading 2017 Wrap Up: Lots of writing, and great co-authors
To wrap up the year we published a Discussion Paper on state fragility and forced displacement - this will be revised further in January for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, so comments and critiques are welcome!
I was recently interviewed on my experience with, and research on, how mobile phones support conflict prevention as part of the launch of George Washington University's Media and Peacebuilding Project. Along with my interview, they interviewed some really excellent people from across the research and practice spaces. I'm really excited to see what comes out … Continue reading Mobile Phones and Conflict Prevention: A recent interview
My colleague Nicholas Bodanac and I have been working on this for about a year now, and we finally have a published version of our paper where we argue that a digital turn in peacekeeping can have positive economic effects in post-conflict settings. It's currently online at International Peacekeeping - anyone who wants the full … Continue reading Peacekeeping’s Digital Economy: New article in International Peacekeeping
Today my colleagues Benjamin Schraven and Steffen Angenendt, and I published an article about why wealthy nations should still be committed to providing development aid to countries with high emigration rates. It's an important topic, especially since well designed development and migration policies can have positive outcomes for both sending and receiving countries. Enjoy reading!
For those who are interested in economic development and migration, but were frustrated that my FR editorial last month was only in German, you can now find the English version on DIE-GDI's blog!
The last few things that went out from my desk were in German, so for my English readers here's a new UNU-WIDER working paper from Tilman Brück, Patricia Justino, and me reviewing the state of the field in development and conflict research. Hopefully it's useful, especially for those who are in drafting stages and developing … Continue reading UNU-WIDER working paper on development and conflict (in English!)