Lucy has spent that past seventeen years working with local and international civil society on issues of forced displacement and conflict across Sub-Saharan Africa. Areas of experience include forced migration, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity, access to justice, transitional justice, gender-based violence and qualitative research design. During the course of her work, she has had extensive experience of working with a broad range of governments, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and donors in order to understand conflict contexts, their impact on local populations, and how best policy interventions can improve their effectiveness.

Lucy is currently the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit, and a Senior Research Associate for the International Refugee Rights Initiative. Her book, Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging was published by Palgrave in 2016.

Publications/recent projects

Journal articles and monographs

  • Conflict, Displacement and the Search for Belonging. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • “Forced Displacement and the Crisis of Citizenship in Africa’s Great Lakes Region: Rethinking Refugee Protection and Durable Solutions.” Refuge Vol. 31 (2), Dec 2015. (Co-authored)
  • “Challenging International Justice: The Initial Years of the International Criminal Court’s Intervention in Uganda.” Stability Journal, 2 (1): 3, pp. 1 – 11, 2013.

Book chapters

  • “Where the formal and informal collide: former Burundian refugees struggling to belong in Tanzania.” In Forging African Communities: Mobility, Integration and Belonging, Ed Oliver Bakewell and Loren Landau. Palgrave, forthcoming 2017.
  •  “Emergencies.” In State of the World’s Refugees, UNHCR, forthcoming 2017.
  • “Gender, conflict and forced displacement.” Handbook on Gender and Conflict. Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • “Ensuing that today’s refugees are not tomorrow’s stateless: solutions in a refugee context.” In Solving Statelessness, ed L. Van Waas and M. J. Khaana, Wolf Legal Publishers, 2016.
  • “Local Integration.” Handbook on Forced Migration, Ed Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh et al, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Working Papers

  • “Tackling the root causes of trafficking and smuggling from Eritrea. The need for an empirically grounded EU policy on mixed migration in the Horn of Africa.” IRRI, Strategic Initiative in the Horn of Africa and SOAS, November 2017 (co-authored)
  • “Protection for refugees, not fromrefugees: Somalis in exile and the securitisation of refugee policy.” International Refugee Rights Initiative, October 2017.
  • “Aligning Refugee Policies with Refugee Realities.” Rights in Exile policy paper, September 2017.
  • “I Know the Consequences of War: Understanding the dynamics of displacement in Burundi”. International Refugee Rights Initiative, December 2016 (co-authored).