Refugee Studies Centre

Founded in 1982, the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) is part of the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development.  It is an interdisciplinary centre, hosting scholars of politics, law, anthropology and many other disciplines. It was the first academic enterprise of its kind and has become the world’s leading centre in the study of refugeeRSCs and forced migration. The RSC runs an International Summer School in Forced Migration every year. The Summer School, now in its 28th year, aims to encourage reflection amongst practitioners and scholars alike. Many participants are policymakers and practitioners working on refugee protection and related issues, and others are scholars and researchers working directly on refugee and forced migration issues, lawyers and advocates, journalists, commentators or activists. The multidisciplinary course provides peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange opportunities. The aim is to ensure participants return to their professional lives with new thinking, skills and knowledge.

The Asfari Foundation has funded Summer School bursaries for nine candidates since 2012, covering the course fees, accommodation, subsistence and travel costs. So far, two Syrians, two Palestinians and five Lebanese practitioners have been equipped with the knowledge and skills to contribute towards more positive futures for refugees in the Arab region.

Click here to view a video about the Summer School.