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Religion, Forced Migration, and Minority Rights Researcher, UCL

Kat Eghdamian is a specialist researcher and facilitator on religion, forced migration, and minority rights issues. Her current research explores the relationship between religious identity and experiences of international displacement, with a focus on religious minorities among Syrian refugee populations in the Middle East and Europe.

Currently a PhD candidate with an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship at University College London (UCL), Kat also holds a number of research, teaching, and consulting roles with national and international organisations.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford, she is also a qualified barrister and solicitor. Prior to academia, Kat worked in human rights advocacy and research for almost a decade, with a primary focus on freedom of religion and belief issues.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, UCL
  • –present
    Module Convenor and Associate Tutor - MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, University of London
  • –present
    Research Associate, The Centre on Religion and Global Affairs
  • –present
    Fellow - Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding Research Cluster, University of Groningen


  • 2015 
    University of Oxford, MPhil Development Studies, Department of International Development
  • 2011 
    London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc Sociology
  • 2009 
    University of Auckland, BA (Honours) Sociology, First Class
  • 2006 
    University of Otago, BA/LLB