Dr John R Campbell
BSC(OREGON) MA(NEW YORK) DPHIL(SUSSEX)
Reader in the Anthropology of Africa and Law
- Dr John R Campbell
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Between January 2007 and January 2009 Dr Campbell was away from SOAS undertaking research funded by an ESRC Grant (RES-062-23-0296) entitled "Refugees and the Law: An ethnography of the British Asylum System". This research sought to follow refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia who were seeking asylum in the UK. In April 2009 I convened a conference at SOAS to present research our findings and to look at how European state’s and the USA handle and assess asylum applications [access to the papers from this conference can be found at: www.nomadit.co.uk/refuge/]. Dr Campbell will not accept requests by solicitors to write Expert Reports for asylum seekers for the foreseeable future.
Dr John R Campbell - Refugees and the Law: An ethnography of the British Asylum System
- Anthropology of Development
- Anthropology of Law
- Culture and Society of East Africa
- Ethnography of a Selected Region - East Africa
- Introduction to Legal Anthropology
- Perspectives On Development
PhD Students supervised
- Mikal Woldu, Transnational ties and identity construction among Eritrean youth living in the diaspora.
Research for my doctorate was conducted in the town of Koforidua, Ghana in the mid-1970’s on aspects of the political economy of urban development. Immediately following the defense of my thesis I went to the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where I taught in the sociology department for four years when I became involved in archival and policy-based research on the city of Dar es Salaam. After leaving Tanzania I worked for Oxfam-UK in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1987-88) where I was responsible for setting up a five-year slum-upgrading project that attempted to address issues of inadequate shelter, water, employment and sewage problems. I was also given the welcome task of assisting with Oxfam’s rural development projects. In 1990 I re-entered academic life in the Department of Anthropology at The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland where I began to write up material on Ethiopian development.
In 1991, I joined the University of Wales, Swansea as a lecturer in social anthropology where I taught and became increasingly engaged in development consultancy as a social development adviser. Some of the issues I was involved with included: participation in the World Bank Poverty Mission to Kenya (1994); undertaking a study of the NGO sector in Ethiopia (1996); involvement with several UK-DfID funded projects based in the Ministry of Agriculture in Gaborone, Botswana (1996-98); a review of Kenyan civil society (1998); evaluation of an NGO project in coastal Kenya (1999); and reviewing UK-DfID funding to Kenyan-based NGOs (1999).
I joined SOAS in 2001 and my interests focused on development and refugees. Between January 2007 and January 2009 I was away from SOAS undertaking research funded by an ESRC Grant (RES-062-23-0296) entitled "Refugees and the Law: An ethnography of the British Asylum System". This research sought to follow refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia who were seeking asylum in the UK. In April 2009 I convened a conference at SOAS to present research our findings and to look at how European states’ and the USA handle and assess asylum applications [the papers from this conference can be found at: www.nomadit.co.uk/refuge/]. I am currently writing an ethnography of the British asylum system.
I was Head of Department from 2010-2012. I am currently available to write expert reports for Ethiopian and Eritrean asylum applicants which are concerned with nationality and/or statelessness. Solicitors should email details of the case to me well in advance of the hearing otherwise I may not be able to assist them.
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Campbell, John (2013) Nationalism, Law and Statelessness: Grand Illusions in the Horn of Africa. Oxford: Routledge. (Routledge Explorations in Development Studies)
Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Holland, Jeremy and Campbell, John, eds. (2005) Methods in Development Research: Combining quantitative and qualitative methods. Intermediate Technology.
Campbell, John and Holland, Jeremy, eds. (2004) Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Development. London: Intermediate Technology Group.
Campbell, John and Rew, Alan, eds. (1999) Identity and Affect: Experiences of Identity in a Globalising World. London: Pluto Press.
Campbell, John (2015) 'Expert Evidence in British Asylum Courts: The Judicial Assessment of Evidence on Ethnic Discrimination and Statelessness in Ethiopia.' In: Berger, Iris and Redeker Hepner, Tricia and Lawrance, Ben and Tague, Joanna T. and Terretta, Meredith, (eds.), African Asylum at the Cross Roads. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, pp. 102-120.
Campbell, John (2006) 'Corruption and the one-party state in Tanzania: A view from Dar es Salaam, 1964-2000.' In: West, H and Raman, P, (eds.), Enduring Socialism. Cornell University Press. USA.
Campbell, John (2003) 'Defining the Limits of a Discourse. 'Social Capital' in Africa.' In: Moseley, P. and Dowler, E., (eds.), Poverty and Exclusion in North and South. Essays on Social Policy and Global Poverty Reduction. London: Routledge, pp. 149-164.
Campbell, John (2002) 'Dar es Salaam.' In: Ember, M and Ember, C, (eds.), Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures. Human Relations Area Files & Grollier Publishing Co (Danbury, CT), pp. 115-121.
Campbell, John (2002) 'GIS and inter-disciplinary research: What counts as knowledge?' In: Sillitoe, P. and Bicker, A. and Pottier, J., (eds.), Participating in Development: Approaches to Indigenous Knowledge. New York: Routledge, pp. 189-205.
Campbell, John (2002) 'Interdisciplinary Research and GIS. Why Local and Indigenous Knowledge Are Discounted.' In: Sillitoe, P. and Bicker, A. and Pottier, J., (eds.), Participating in Development. Approaches to Indigenous Knowledge. London: Routledge, pp. 189-205.
Campbell, John (2001) 'Drawing a line between autonomy and Governance: The state, civil society and NGOs in Ethiopia.' In: O.Barrow, and Jennings, M, (eds.), The Charitable Impulse. NGOs and Development in East and North East Africa. Kumarian (Bloomfield, CT), James Currey Publishers (Oxford), pp. 149-66.
Campbell, John (2013) 'Language analysis in the United Kingdom's refugee status determination system: seeing through policy claims about ‘expert knowledge’.' Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36 (4). pp. 670-690.
Campbell, John and Yaron, Hadas and Hashimshony-Yaffe, Nurit (2013) '"Infiltrators" or refugees? An analysis of Israel's policy towards African asylum seekers.' International Migration . pp. 1-13.
Campbell, John R (2011) 'The Enduring Nature of Stateless in The Horn of Africa: How Nation-States and Western Courts (re) define Nationality.' International Journal of Refugee Law, 23 (4). pp. 656-679.
Campbell, John (2010) 'The 'problem' of ethics in contemporary anthropological research.' Anthropology Matters, 12 (1). pp. 1-17.
Campbell, John (2009) 'Caught between the ideology and realities of development: Transiting from the Horn of Africa to Europe.' The LSE Migration Study Group Working Paper 2009/01 (1). pp. 1-29.
Campbell, John (2008) 'International Development and Bilateral Aid to Kenya in the 1990s.' Journal of Anthropological Research, 64 (2). pp. 249-267.
Campbell, John (2006) 'Who are the Luo? Oral tradition and disciplinary practices in history and anthropology.' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 18, no .
Campbell, John (2005) 'Theory and Method in the Study of Poverty in East Africa.' Focaal, 45 . pp. 56-68.
Campbell, John and Holland, Jeremy (2005) 'Convergent or Divergent Understandings of Poverty: Key issues in Development Research.' Focaal: European Journal of Social Anthropology, 2005 (45). pp. 3-17.
Campbell, John and Holland, J (2005) 'Development Research: convergent or divergent understandings of poverty? An Introduction.' Researching Poverty, special issue of Focaal - European Journal of Social Anthropology, 45 . pp. 3-17.
Campbell, John (2005) 'Development research: convergent or divergent approaches and understandings of poverty? An introduction.' Focaal: European Journal of Social Anthropology, 45 . pp. 3-17.
Campbell, John (2004) 'Ethnic Minorities and Development: A Prospective Look at the Situation of African Pastoralists and Hunter-Gatherers.' Ethnicities, 4 (1). pp. 5-26.
Campbell, John (2002) 'A Critical Appraisal of Participatory Methods in Development Research.' International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol. 5 . pp. 19-30.
Campbell, John (2001) 'Participatory Rural Appraisal as Qualititative Research: Distinguishing Methodological Issues from Participatory Claims.' Human Organization, Vol. 6 . pp. 380-89.
Campbell, John (1999) 'Nationalism, ethnicity and religion: Fundamental conflicts and the politics of identity in Tanzania.' Nations and Nationalism, 5 (1). pp. 105-25.