What is the Africa Research Group?

A new community of scholars researching refugee law, policy and practice in the Africa region, the Africa Research Group is part of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN).  

Since 2015, the ESN has brought together over 150 early-career scholars working on refugee and forced migration issues from around the world. The network provides an opportunity for scholars to share ideas and research across countries, disciplines and institutions.  

In 2019, the ESN is expanding with the creation of an Africa Research Group – the first interdisciplinary community of scholars researching refugee law, policy and practice in the Africa region. The Africa Research Group will:

  • create a collaborative community of early-career scholars researching African regional refugee law, policy and practice;
  • provide a platform for connection and collaboration between scholars based within Africa and elsewhere;
  • showcase members’ research on African refugee protection within the network and to broader audiences;
  • provide opportunities to members to present, discuss and seek feedback on their research; 
  • support scholars’ professional development by linking them with resources for publications, funding and other opportunities; and
  • promote the study of refugee law and practice in Africa.

The Africa Research Group will be a primarily online community. It will stay connected via online communications (such as email) and will host an online meeting/workshop for new members around June 2019. Members of the Africa Research Group may apply to attend the Kaldor Centre’s annual ESN workshop, held in Sydney in November each year. Opportunities for regional meetings of members may arise as the network expands. 

All official communications are in English. Scholars are encouraged to build their own networks within the Africa Research Group by finding partners either within or outside their own countries for independent collaboration.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Kaldor Centre invites all early-career scholars (from honours to post-doctoral level) undertaking research on refugees and forced migration in Africa to apply to join the Africa Research Group. Scholars based at universities in Africa are particularly encouraged to apply, although applications from researchers based elsewhere are also welcome. Current members of the ESN who wish to join the research group should also apply following the procedure below.

Members of the Africa Research Group will be expected to actively engage with the group and to share updates about their work and current developments or opportunities related to their research. 

More established scholars researching African regional refugee protection are also welcome to indicate their interest in keeping abreast of the research group’s developments, and to act as mentors to members with similar interests. Established scholars are invited to write to tamara.wood@unsw.edu.au, setting out their interest in the research group.

How to apply

The Africa Research Group is led by Dr Tamara Wood, a Centre Affiliate at the Kaldor Centre and expert in African regional refugee law. Scholars interested in applying to join the Africa Research Group are invited to complete this form, and return it by email to tamara.wood@unsw.edu.au.

Scholars accepted into the Africa Research Group will automatically become part of the Kaldor Centre’s broader ESN.


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