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PhD researcher, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, The University of Melbourne

Thomas McGee is a PhD researcher in the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School. His research focuses on Syria’s changing statelessness landscape. Speaking Arabic and Kurdish, Thomas has worked for a decade as an analyst and adviser on humanitarian and development programmes implemented in Syria and with the UN Refugee Agency in Iraq.


  • –present
    PhD researcher, University of Melbourne


  • 2012 
    University of Exeter, MA in Kurdish Studies
  • 2009 
    University of Cambridge, BA in Modern and Medieval Languages


  • 2020
    Eight years of Displacement- Syria's Statelessness still Unidentified, Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration
  • 2019
    Editors’ Introduction: Palimpsestic Genocide in Kurdistan, Genocide Studies International
  • 2019
    From Syria to Europe: Experiences of Stateless Kurds and Palestinian Refugees from Syria Seeking Protection in Europe, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion and European Network on Statelessness
  • 2019
    Local Cross-line Coordination in Syria, United States Institute of Peace
  • 2019
    ‘Nothing Is Ours Anymore’ – HLP Rights Violations in Afrin, Syria, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
  • 2016
    Saving the survivors: Yezidi women, Islamic State and the German Admissions Programme, Kurdish Studies
  • 2016
    Mapping action and identity in the Kobani crisis response, Kurdish Studies
  • 2016
    Statelessness Displaced: Update on Syria’s Stateless Kurds, Statelessness Working Paper Series
  • 2014
    The Stateless Kurds of Syria Ethnic Identity and National I.D., Tilburg Law Review

Professional Memberships

  • Individual member of the European Network on Statelessness
  • Member of the Global PhD on Statelessness initiative
  • Member of Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Member of International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)

Research Areas

  • Sociology (1608)
  • Middle Eastern Literature (200523)
  • Middle Eastern And African History (210310)
  • Middle Eastern Languages (200318)