Laura Hammond

Dr. Laura Hammond is currently Reader in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London and Principal Investigator for the London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team. Her research interests include food security, conflict, forced migration and diasporas. She has worked in the Horn of Africa for the past fifteen years, and has done consultancy for a wide range of development and humanitarian organizations, including UNDP, USAID, Oxfam, Medécins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the World Food Programme. She is the author of This Place Will Become Home: Refugee Repatriation to Ethiopia (Cornell University Press: 2004) and several book and journal articles.

LIDC Migration Leadership Team

More than 1 billion people are estimated to be migrants, living either inside or outside their country of birth. Migration challenges currently feature centrally in electoral politics and underlie considerations about foreign policy, national and international security, and international humanitarian and development aid. Understanding the drivers, dynamics and impacts of migration in the contemporary world requires a broad-based and interdisciplinary approach which is cognizant of the increasingly complex and multi-scalar drivers and experiences of migration.

In response, the London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team (LIDC-MLT) has been formed by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop a shared and participatory global strategy for identifying and supporting migration research. The LIDC-MLT will host a series of Global Migration Conversations in locations including Nairobi, Delhi, Washington, London and Brussels in 2018. The purpose of the Global Migration Conversations is to assess the scope, achievements and challenges of the existing portfolio of global migration research; to identify strategic opportunities and priorities for further research; and to highlight best practice in the area of impact. Each Conversation will bring together and provide networking opportunities for researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, migrants’ associations and arts organisations in the regions.

Findings from the workshops will feed directly into a range of outputs including: a web-based tool and a report identifying areas of research to priorities; examples of pathways to impact that have been, or are likely to be, promising; and platforms for communication and collaboration that are likely to help bridge research, policy, and public engagement.