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Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Katy Long's research focuses on migration, citizenship and refugee issues, especially responses to longterm crisis and conflict – both by the international humanitarian and political communities and by refugees and migrants themselves. Although her work looks at global policy implications, she has carried out detailed fieldwork in Guatemala, Rwanda and Uganda.

Katy has written extensively on these topics, and in 2013 The Point of No Return: Refugees, Rights and Repatriation – a monograph based on her Ph.D research into "durable solutions" to refugee crises (Cambridge, 2009) -- was published by Oxford University Press. Prior to taking up posts at Oxford, the London School of Economics and Edinburgh University she worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees' (UNHCR) Policy Development and Evaluation Service in Geneva, writing on a number of issues including opening up labour migration routes for refugees, border closures and out-of-country voting. She is also co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (OUP, 2014), the first comprehensive guide to refugee studies scholarship.

Katy also enjoys engaging in public discussions and debate on migration and humanitarian issues: she runs the website and tweets as @mobilitymuse. Her work has also appeared at Open Democracy, The Conversation, Democracy in Africa, and Africa@LSE, as well as BBC World Service, ITV and Channel 4. She is also the author ofThe Huddled Masses: Immigration and Inequality, a short accessible ebook.

While at FSI Katy is also working on a new project that considers how the sale of citizenship for money -- on both the legal and black markets -- affects our understandings of political community and freedom of movement.


  • –present
    Visiting Scholar at Stanford University , Stanford University