The Kaldor Centre brings the respective strengths of diverse scholars and institutions to bear on contemporary challenges in refugee law and forced migration. A hub for the ideas of academics, policymakers, legal practitioners, NGOs and the broader community, the Centre fosters networks, knowledge exchange and strategic relationships designed to multiply the impact of excellent research.

Emerging Scholars Network

The Kaldor Centre’s next-generation Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) is a global group of graduate and early-career scholars whose work impacts on refugee and migration issues. Sharing ideas across disciplines and institutions, members bring expertise in areas as diverse as migration law, refugee mental health, history, political theory, and climate change-related displacement. 

Through the network, up-and-coming scholars also get the opportunity to engage directly with senior academics and global policymakers. Each November an ESN workshop coincides with the Kaldor Centre's flagship Annual Conference. Senior scholars and keynote speakers join the workshop to discuss and develop Emerging Scholars' research.

Our 2020 workshop was held virtually 10-12th November, and involved Network members from around the world. Download our workshop program here.

Read more about the research achievements of ESN members in our 2020 'Year in Review' newsletter here.

See profiles of ESN Members.

Asia-Pacific Research Group

An increasing focus on regional policy challenges gave rise to a specialist Asia-Pacific Research Group within the Emerging Scholars Network, launched in 2017. Early-career scholars undertaking research on refugees and forced migration in the region are encouraged to find out more about the Asia-Pacific Research Group

The Asia-Pacific Research Group is designed to foster a collaborative community, showcasing its members' research and encouraging inter-country and interdisciplinary dialogue. The network supports member scholars by helping them to access resources for publications, funding and other opportunities, while also promoting more rigorous study and robust practice of refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific.

Africa Research Group

Early-career scholars undertaking research on refugees and forced migration in Africa are encouraged to find out more about the Africa Research Group, introduced in April 2019. More established scholars researching African regional refugee protection are also welcome to get involved in the research group’s developments and to act as mentors to members with similar interests.

Primarily an online community, the Africa Research Group held its first virtual workshop in 2019.

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. 

Gender & Diversity Research Group

The Emerging Scholars Network has launched a Gender & Diversity Research Group, to connect early-career academics exploring issues of gender, sexuality, age and disability in the field of refugee and forced migration studies. Scholars conducting research on gender (broadly defined) or other intersectional factors, or who are keen to expand their research agenda to include these perspectives, are invited to join this forum. Members participate in an online reading group, share published research and opportunities, and seek feedback on work in progress. Interested scholars are invited to contact:

Climate Change, Disaster & Human Mobility Research Group

The Emerging Scholars Network has launched a ClimateChange, Disaster & Human Mobility Research Group. We aim to connect graduate and early-career academics and researchers exploring displacement, migration, relocation and immobility in the context of disaster, climate change and environmental degradation. Scholars conducting research on these themes in the fields of law and other social sciences, including in forced migration and migration studies, or who are keen to expand their research agenda to include these perspectives, are invited to join this forum.

Members are welcome to share published research and opportunities and to actively engage with the group. Interested scholars are invited to contact: Sanjula Weerasinghe and Erica Bower at with a specific reference to the group in the subject line. 

Join the Emerging Scholars Network

The Kaldor Centre invites scholars, from honours to post-doctoral level, to join the ESN. Scholars who wish to join are asked to email Dr Claire Higgins at with a short summary of their qualifications and current research activities in this field.

Those scholars who wish to join the ESN's Asia-Pacific research group (including existing members of the ESN) are invited to submit an application to Madeline Gleeson through the procedure set out in the Call for Applications. Scholars based at universities in the Asia-Pacific region are particularly encouraged to apply, although applications from outside the region will also be considered provided the research is relevant to the group's focus. Questions about the ESN's Asia-Pacific research group should be directed to Madeline Gleeson at

Researchers based at universities in Africa are particularly encouraged to apply to the ESN's Africa Research Group, although applications from researchers based elsewhere are also welcome. Early-career or established scholars are invited to write to, setting out their interest in the research group.

Researchers whose work engages with Climate Change, Disaster & Human Mobility or issues around Gender & Diversity are invited to join via the contact details listed under the group headings above.

Scholars added to the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Gender & Diversity or Climate research groups will automatically become members of the broader ESN.

Legal Centres Teleconference

The Kaldor Centre convenes a monthly national teleconference for legal organisations involved with asylum and refugee issues in Australia. The teleconference provides an opportunity to share information about recent developments in legislation, case law and practise relating to asylum seekers and refugees, and for coordination of responses. If you are interested in joining the teleconference, please contact

Kaldor Centre partnership with the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford

This collaboration responds to the critical need for global approaches, enabling scholars at UNSW’s Kaldor Centre and Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre to work across regions and across disciplines to improve the lives of the world’s displaced people.

To strengthen vital new thinking on global refugee policy, the RSC-Kaldor Centre partnership is designed to promote innovative research, teaching and policy initiatives. Under the arrangement, these internationally renowned research centres facilitate academic exchange and co-operation, encouraging cross-institutional visits and cooperative research.  Read more. 

Displaced Scholars Peer Mentoring Program

The Displaced Scholars Peer Mentoring Program aims to support early career scholars who have experienced displacement and are researching and/or studying in the field of refugee and forced migration studies to pursue their academic and professional goals. Displaced scholars frequently face considerable barriers to accessing traditional scholarly opportunities and fora due to financial constraints, interruption to education or limitations imposed by legal status. This Program aims to contribute to increasing representation of refugees and other people with lived experiences of displacement within the field of refugee and forced migration studies, where there is a critical need to better understand and incorporate perspectives of displaced people.  Read more.


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.