Established in 2020, the Working Group on Feminist Theory, Refugees and Displacement is the second working group to be created at the RLI. It provides an academic platform for promoting exchange and developing collaborative research using feminist theory in displacement research. Currently, it consists of experts from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, US and Europe. 

Key outputs and activities

  • The Working Group is preparing a blog series on feminist theory in displacement research. These include but are not limited to the theories that were discussed by the Working Group in its first year. The introductory blog is here.
  • Conference panels, most recently ‘Improving Global Refugee Regime with Feminist Theory’ at the 6th RLI Annual Conference 2022 (podcast here).
  • Support to early career scholars in feminist theory and displacement.

The Working Group on Feminist Theory, Refugees and Displacement is convened by Natasha Yacoub. RLI network members who wish to become involved should email the convenor directly. 

Current members


Amira Y. Badri

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

Bo Bottomley

Bo Bottomley

PhD candidate in the Law School at the University of East Anglia

Tatiana-Maria Cernicova-Dragomir

PhD student within a joint-PhD program between the Law Faculty of the West University of Timișoara (Romania) and Università degi Studi di Udine (Italy)

Rosa da Costa

Researcher, Minerva Centre for Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, Haifa University

Julia Kienast

Julia Kienast

Postdoc at Aarhus University; my academic titles are Dr.iur. and LL.M.

Irene Manganini

PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of Geneva

Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia

Research fellow at the “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” Research Group, Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Malavika Rao

Malavika Rao

PhD Candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute Geneva

Lore Roels

PhD Fellow, Migration Law Research Group and Gender & Violence Team, Ghent University

Dr Tual Sawn Khai

Lingnan University · School of Graduate Studies, PhD Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Rebecca Smyth

Lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University, specialising in international human rights law

Denise Venturi

PhD Candidate in International Law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Dr Janna Wessels

Assistant Professor of Migration Law at the Amsterdam Center for Migration and Refugee Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Natasha Yacoub

Natasha Yacoub

International refugee law teacher at the RLI and coordinator of the RLI Feminist Theory Working Group

Cristina Zamora-Gómez

Dr Cristina Zamora-Gómez

Assistant professor at the Department of International Public Law and International Relations of the University of Alicante (Spain)

Hannah Zaruchas

PhD candidate and research fellow at the doctoral training group 'Dynamic Integration' at Humboldt University Berlin