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Lecturer in International Development, University of Sussex

Melissa Gatter is Lecturer in International Development at the University of Sussex. Her research centres on the anthropology of forced migration, development, and time in the Middle East, particularly the intersection of time, space, and aid in refugee camps in Jordan and beyond. Melissa consults on development programs across the Middle East and has worked in communications and in the field for leading aid agencies in Jordan, including Save the Children.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer in International Development, University of Sussex
  • 2021–2022
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sheffield


  • 2020 
    University of Cambridge, PhD, Middle Eastern Studies


  • 2021
    Preserving Order: Narrating Resilience as Threat in Azraq Refugee Camp , Territory, Politics, Governance
  • 2020
    Thinking beyond gendered challenges: Experiences of a (female) aid worker-ethnographer in Jordan’s refugee camps, Refugee Review
  • 2018
    Rethinking the lessons from Za'tari refugee camp, Forced Migration Review
  • 2017
    Restoring childhood: Humanitarianism and growing up Syrian in Za’tari refugee camp, Contemporary Levant