Zoe Jordan

PhD

The role of humanitarian response in supporting refugee hosting networks in urban areas during protracted displacement.

Qualifications

BA International Development, University of Sussex
MSc Public Policy and Human Development, UNU-MERIT/Maastricht University

Supervisor(s)

Prof Cathrine Brun, Dr Richard Carver

Research project

My research seeks to identify how humanitarian assistance can support urban hosting mechanisms for refugees in situations of long-term displacement, focusing on the experiences and practices of refugees and host families living in Amman, Jordan.

Forced displacement to urban areas, and long-term (protracted) refugee situations are increasingly common. This is a challenge for humanitarian actors, who are still learning how to operate in complex urban areas. Currently, refugees in long-term displacement are seen as stuck in limbo, waiting to be able to continue their lives. Refugees, however, are far from passive. Refugees manage to survive, outside of official assistance regimes, despite legal and political tactics intended to prevent this. To understand these informal processes, this study will question meanings of guest, belonging and integration in these long-term ‘temporary’ situations, and the function of humanitarian intervention in the face of such altered understandings of hospitality and protracted displacement.

Zoe Jordan

PhD
The role of humanitarian response in supporting refugee hosting networks in urban areas during protracted displacement.

Supervisor(s)
Prof Cathrine Brun, Dr Richard Carver