Dr Alexander Betts is University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies in the Department of International Development, at the University of Oxford, where he was previously the Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations and a Fellow of Wadham College. He has also been Director of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Global Migration Governance Project and a Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme (GEG). He received his MPhil (in Development Studies, with Distinction) and DPhil (in International Relations) from the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the international politics of asylum and migration, with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
He is author or editor of numerous books, including Forced Migration and Global Politics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009), Global Migration Governance (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Refugees in International Relations (with Gil Loescher, Oxford University Press, 2011), and UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (with Gil Loescher and James Milner, Routledge 2012). He is author of over 50 articles, book chapters and working papers and his work has appeared in a range of peer reviewed journals including Global Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law, and Refugee Survey Quarterly. He has worked for UNHCR and as a consultant to the Council of Europe, IOM, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and his work has been funded by, amongst others, the MacArthur Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has held teaching and research positions at Stanford University and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. .
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