The IDP research programme provides an independent specialised forum to promote and facilitate research on internal displacement.

Launched in summer 2019, it follows on from the July 2018 workshop ‘Revitalising IDP research’. It is hosted by the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.



The IDP research programme aims to promote and facilitate research on internal displacement. It includes, but is not limited to, policy-relevant research. Its objectives are to:

  • Raise the profile of research on internal displacement in academic and practitioner circles
  • Support, disseminate and share current and ongoing work by researchers in this field
  • Connect research in this field with that in cognate areas, including refugee studies
  • Bring new researchers to the field and develop new cross- and inter-disciplinary work
  • Promote and support research capacity in countries affected by internal displacement



Coordinated by the RLI staff working on internal displacement (Professor David Cantor, Joakim Daun and Bethan Mathias), the programme includes:

  • Specialised networks of Senior Research Associates and Research Affiliates, integrating academic and other researchers on internal displacement from around the world
  • A dedicated Policy Engagement Group to ensure institutional perspectives from policy and practice shape its research into policy-relevant concerns
  • Research capacity-building in countries affected by internal displacement
  • Ongoing research into internal displacement and IDP protection, including as a component of projects such as ‘Research capacity strengthening and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics’ (RECAP) with LSHTM
  • A forum for publications on IDPs, such as the new 2019 ‘State of the Art’ Review: Research on Internal Displacement.