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Dr Georgia Cole

Dr Georgia Cole

Research Fellow, Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Newnham College


Biography:

My postdoctoral research, completed at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, questioned the value of refugee status to displaced populations and explored alternatives to asylum through the experiences of Eritreans on the move. Prior to this, I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development. This traced how, when and why refugee status ends for certain populations, namely when the ‘ceased circumstances’ Cessation Clause of the 1951 Convention is applied by states and UNHCR to populations that are no longer considered to need international protection.

At the Margaret Anstee Centre where I am now a Research Fellow, I intend to research the experiences of forced migrants within the Gulf States, primarily focusing on the historical connections and contemporary experiences of Eritreans within Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Research Interests

Georgia is interested in exploring how and when refugee status comes to an end, including through the attainment of durable solutions, and in alternatives to asylum. She is currently researching experiences of forced migrants in the Gulf States, which connects to larger questions on what forms 'protection' takes in States that are not signatories to the 1951 Convention.