Senior Research Associates

The RLI’s network of senior research associates aims to facilitate collaborative work between established scholars. It also provides a forum for research dissemination to advance the boundaries of their respective fields of study by feeding into national and international policy on the protection of refugees and displaced persons. 

Find out how to join the network here.


Dr. Caroline Abu Sa'Da

Director of the Research Unit of MSF Switzerland

Prof. Deborah E. Anker

Director of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program


Céline Bauloz

Senior Migration Research Officer at IOM and Senior Fellow at the Global Migration Centre


Bruce Burson

New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal

Prof. Vincent Chetail 

Professor, and Founding Director of the Global Migration Centre




Dr. Jeff Crisp

Expert analyst on refugee, migration and humanitarian issues

Dr. Cathryn Costello

Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Oxford University


Prof. Heaven Crawley

Professor at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Jean-François Durieux​

Expert analyst


Dr. Alice Edwards

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Prof. Terje Einarsen

Professor in law at University of Bergen


Dr. Michelle Foster

Director of the International Refugee Law Research Programme at Melbourne Law School

Dr. Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo

Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Law School


Prof. Geoff Gilbert

Professor of Law in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex

Dr. Mariaguilia Giuffré

Senior Lecturer in Law at Edge Hill University


Prof. Elspeth Guild

Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary, University of London

Prof. Colin Harvey

Professor of Human Rights Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast 


Dr. Lucy Hovil

Managing Editor of the Intl Journal of Transitional Justice, and Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit

Prof. Kate Jastram

Director of Policy & Advocacy, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies


Martin Jones

Lecturer in international human rights law at the University of York

Prof. Satvinder Juss

Director of the MA Course in International Peace & Security at King’s College London


Prof. Susan Kneebone

Professorial Fellow and Associate, Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne

Prof. Hélène Lambert

Professor of International Law at the University of Westminster, Professor of Law at University of Woollongong


Dr. Katy Long

Independent Researcher

Prof. Jane McAdam

Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW





Prof. Pene Mathew

Dean of Auckland Law School

Prof. Stephen Meili

Director of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic





Prof. Jennifer Moore

Professor of Law, University of New Mexico

Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax

Associate Professor in Law, Queen Mary University of London


Dr. Bríd Ní Ghráinne

Assistant Professor, School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University, Ireland

Prof. Naohiko Omata

Associate Professor, Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford


Prof. Jaya Ramji-Nogales

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at Temple University

Prof. Philip Schrag

Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Legal Studies


Dr. James C. Simeon

Associate Professor, York University Canada

Dr. Dallal Stevens 

Associate Professor of Law at the University of Warwick


Dr. Vladislava Stoyanova

Ragnar Söderberg Associate Senior Lecturer Lund University, Sweden

Dr. Nikolas Feith Tan

Senior researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights



Dr. Evangelina (Lilian) Tsourdi

Departmental Lecturer of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Oxford University


Matthew Zagor

Associate Professor at Australian National University



New Senior Research Associates (not alphabetised)

Dr. Ralph Wilde

Faculty of Laws at University College London



Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler

Associate Professor in International Refugee Law
at the University of Reading


Brian Gorlick

International jurist and consultant



Dr. Aaron Petty

Appellate Immigration Judge (US), & Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois


Dr. Almamy Sylla

Senior Lecturer at the Université des Lettres et des
Sciences Humaines de Bamako (ULSHB), Mali


Miriam Cullen

Associate Professor of Public Law and Sustainability, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

Dr. Agnes Woolley

Lecturer in Transnational Literature and Migration Cultures at Birkbeck, University of London


Prof. Andrea Pacheco Pacifico

Associate Professor of International Relations/Law, Paraiba State

Amira Y. Badri

Prof. Sociology of Development, Director Social Sciences and Development Research Unit
Ahfad University for Women, Sudan