SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Laura Hammond

BA (Sarah Lawrence); MA, PhD (Wisconsin)
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Laura Hammond
Department of Development Studies

Reader in Development Studies

Centre for Gender Studies

Member, Centre for Gender Studies

SOAS Food Studies Centre

Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Member, Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice

Agrarian Change and Development

Research Cluster Member

Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Convenor

Research and Evidence Facility

Team Leader

Dr Laura Hammond
Email address:
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SOAS University of London
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Laura has degrees in Anthropology from the University Wisconsin-Madison and did her undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught at Clark University, the University of Reading, and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex.


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Ana Oprisan, The Roma in Turkey. From Survival Mechanisms to Development Strategies
  • Cathy Huser, The politics of protection at the micro level of armed conflict: Case studies from the Central African Republic & South Sudan
  • Chris Weeks, Human trafficking in the wake of natural disaster: the case of Typhoon Haiyan
  • Gabrielle Bayle, National self-perception and international aid conditionality: A case study of Ethiopia
  • Jean-Baptiste Damestoy, Governance capabilities, industrialisation and the state: the case of the cotton and textile sectors in Ethiopia
  • Jenn Durrett, Palestinian Filmmaking - Palestinian film production as coping, agency, and voice
  • Ján Michalko, Female Political Elites as an Empowerment Resource: An Exploration of the ‘Role Model Effect’ in South Africa
  • Laurie Lijnders, Motherhood in Exile: Making Sense of Displacement from Eritrea to Europe Through Storytelling and Art (working title)
  • Miguel Malta,
  • Nimo-Ilhan Ahmed Ali, Rethinking the Higher Education-Development Nexus: The case of Somaliland
  • Siham Rayale, The Politics of Peace: Accounting for Security in Women’s Political Participation In Somaliland (1991-2012)


Laura's research interests include food security, conflict, forced migration and diasporas. She has worked in the Horn of Africa for the past fifteen years, and has done consultancy for a wide range of development and humanitarian organizations, including UNDP, USAID, Oxfam, Medécins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the World Food Programme. She is the author of This Place Will Become Home: Refugee Repatriation to Ethiopia (Cornell University Press: 2004) and several book and journal articles.


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Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Ethiopia
  • Somalia


Authored Books

Hammond, Laura (2004) This Place Will Become Home. Refugee Repatriation to Ethiopia. Cornell University Press.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Cramer, Christopher and Hammond, Laura and Pottier, Johan, eds. Researching Violence in Africa: Ethical and Methodological Challenges. Leiden: Brill. (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies)

Book Chapters

Hammond, Laura (2015) 'Neutrality and Impartiality.' In: Patterson, Jenny and MacGinty, Roger, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Action. London: Routledge, pp. 87-97. (Routledge Companions)

Laura, Hammond (2015) '‘Diaspora Returnees to Somaliland: Heroes of Development or Job-Stealing Scoundrels?’.' In: Akesson, Lisa and Eriksson-Baaz, Maria, (eds.), Africa’s Return Migrants: The New Developers? London: Zed Books.

Hammond, Laura (2014) '"Voluntary" Repatriation and Reintegration.' In: Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Elena and Loescher, Gil and Long, Katy and Sigona, Nando, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 499-511.

Hammond, Laura (2011) 'Four Layers of Silence: Counterinsurgency in Northeastern Ethiopia.' In: Cramer, Christopher and Hammond, Laura and Pottier, Johan, (eds.), Researching Violence in Africa: Ethical and Methodological Challenges. Leiden: Brill, pp. 61-78. (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies)

Hammond, Laura (2008) 'The Power of Holding Humanitarianism Hostage and the Myth of Protective Principles.' In: Barnett, Michael and Weiss, Thomas G., (eds.), Humanitarianism in question : politics, power, ethics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, pp. 172-195.

Hammond, Laura (2004) 'The Making of a Good Citizen in an Ethiopian Returnee Settlement.' In: Long, L. D. and Oxfeld, E., (eds.), Coming Home? Refugees, Migrants, and Those Who Stayed Behind. University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 187-205.

Hammond, Laura (2003) 'How Will the Children Come Home? Emplacement and the Creation of the Social Body in an Ethiopian Returnee Settlement.' In: Olwig, K. F. and Gullov, E., (eds.), Children's Places. Cross-Cultural Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 77-94.

Journal Articles

Hammond, Laura (2013) 'Somali Transnational Activism and Integration in the UK: Mutually Supporting Strategies.' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39 (6). pp. 1001-1017.

Hammond, Laura (2013) 'Somalia Rising: Things are Starting to Change for the World’s Longest Failed State.' Journal of Eastern African Studies, 7 (1). pp. 183-193.

Hammond, Laura (2013) 'Somalia rising: things are starting to change for the world's longest failed state.' Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Polzer, Tara and Hammond, Laura (2008) 'Invisible Displacement.' Journal of Refugee Studies, 21 (4). pp. 417-431.

Hammond, Laura (2008) 'Strategies of Invisibilization: How Ethiopia's Resettlement Programme Hides the Poorest of the Poor.' Journal of Refugee Studies, 21 (4). pp. 517-536.

Hammond, Laura (2008) 'Why Upholding Humanitarian Principles Does Not Protect Aid Workers.' Development Viewpoint (7).

Hammond, Laura and Maxwell, D. (2002) 'The Ethiopian Crisis of 1999-2000: Lessons Learned, Questions Unanswered.' Disasters, 26 (3). pp. 262-79.

Working Papers / Reports

Hammond, Laura (2013) Safety, Security and Socio-Economic Wellbeing in Somaliland. Nairobi, Geneva, London: SOAS-University of London, DDG, GICHD.

Hammond, Laura and Vaughan-Lee, Hannah (2012) Humanitarian space in Somalia: a scarce commodity. HPG Working Paper.


Hammond, Laura and Awad, Mustafa and Ibrahim Dagane, Ali and Hansen, Peter and Horst, Cindy and Menkhaus, Ken and Obare, Lynette (2011) 'Cash & Compassion: The Somali Diaspora's Role in Relief, Development & Peacebuilding.' United Nations Development Programme - Somalia. (Unpublished)

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