Alexander Betts

Professor of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford

Alexander Betts is Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Professor in Forced Migration and International Affairs, and a Fellow of Green-Templeton College at the University of Oxford, with a focus on the politics and economics of refugees. He is author or editor of numerous books, including the forthcoming Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development (Oxford University Press, 2017). He is author of many articles, book chapters and working papers and his work has appeared in a range of peer reviewed journals including Global Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Ethics and International Affairs, Journal of International Relations and Development, Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law, and Refugee Survey Quarterly. He has worked for UNHCR and as a consultant to a range of organisations including UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, and OCHA, and his work has been funded by, amongst others, the MacArthur Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He appears regularly in the BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera, and has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, and Foreign Affairs. He sits on UNHCR’s “i Circle”, has served as an advisor to the World Humanitarian Summit, and co-chairs (with UNHCR) the Solutions Alliance working group on Research, Data, and Performance Management. He is founding Director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project (, is a TED speaker, and was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2016.