The Asylum Hump: Why Country Income Level Predicts New Asylum Seekers, But Not New Refugees

My colleagues Constantin Ruhe, Lisa Groß and I have a new article out in the Journal of Refugee Studies! I won't post a PDF because it's open access, so anyone can download if for free. We dig into the question about why GDP per capita has not generally been a good predictor of new refugees. … Continue reading The Asylum Hump: Why Country Income Level Predicts New Asylum Seekers, But Not New Refugees

Digitalization and SDG Financing are Political

I haven't posted something in a while that wasn't a blurb about a publication, so to mark my 37th birthday I'm going to write a proper opinion post! The topic is the 'Harnessing Digitalization in Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals' interim report to the Secretary General from the Task Force on Digital Financing of … Continue reading Digitalization and SDG Financing are Political

New working paper! Digitalisation in the lives of urban migrants: evidence from Bogota

Sonia Camacho, Rodrigo Taborda,  Constantin Ruhe, and I have a new working paper out that focuses on access and use of new technologies by urban migrants in Bogota! We'll be revising it at some point, but for now we'd love feedback and comments - it was a challenge, and we hope the paper can start … Continue reading New working paper! Digitalisation in the lives of urban migrants: evidence from Bogota

New article! “When information becomes action: drivers of individuals’ trust in broadcast versus peer‐to‐peer information in disaster response”

After many years and multiple rounds of revision, the core case study from my dissertation on the use of ICTs in disaster response in Samoa has gone live as a pre-print the journal Disasters, published by the Overseas Development Institute! For those without institutional access to the journal, or who just want to download the … Continue reading New article! “When information becomes action: drivers of individuals’ trust in broadcast versus peer‐to‐peer information in disaster response”

Refugee flows and urban integration: the case of Malaysia

I'm very excited to share a German Development Institute Discussion Paper written by my colleague Katrina Munir-Asen, which explores refugee flows and urban integration in Malaysia. The case study is interesting in terms of how it frames the history of Malaysia's refugee and migration policies, and what these policies have meant for protection rules and integration … Continue reading Refugee flows and urban integration: the case of Malaysia

Food Security and Conflict: New article in World Development!

After a year's worth of revising, and the hard work of our intrepid guest editors Tilman Brück and Marco d'Errico, Wolfgang Stojetz's and my contribution to World Development's upcoming special issue on food security and conflict is online! Here's a link to the World Development site, and here's a link to a pirate-grade ungated version. … Continue reading Food Security and Conflict: New article in World Development!

Data Protection in Humanitarian Contexts

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