SOAS University of London

SOAS academic awarded €4million by European Commission to research migration and displacement in Horn of Africa

19 May 2016

Dr Laura Hammond, Head of Development Studies at SOAS University of London has been awarded a €4million contract with the European Commission to direct a Research and Evidence Facility in support of the EU Trust Fund for Africa's work.

The EU Trust Fund for Africa’s work aims to support stabilisation and address the root causes of irregular migration and displacement in the Horn of Africa. This 30-month contract is the largest contract obtained by the SOAS Enterprise office since it was established in 2010.

The Research and Evidence Facility will work closely with a consortium involving SOAS, the University of Oxford's International Migration Institute and Sahan Research, a Nairobi-based think tank.

Dr Oliver Bakewell of Oxford IMI will lead research on migration and development, and Mr Vincent Chordi, SOAS MSc Violence Conflict and Development alumnus and long-time official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will lead the research on conflict and governance. They will be supported by Communications Officer Dr Idil Osman, who will be based at SOAS.

Dr Hammond said: “Migration is receiving a lot of attention now given the large numbers of people from the Horn of Africa who are travelling to Europe, often at great risk to themselves. But we need to see these movements as part of wider dynamics that are also responsible for many more people moving within the region; the drivers of these movements are tied to key political, economic and initiative that is directly aimed at helping to address the problems of irregular migration and instability that we currently see in the region.”

Professor Richard Black, SOAS Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise said: “The current migration and refugee crisis remains at the forefront of European debate and discussion and this research will be crucial for understanding the factors behind population movement. In a time of unprecedented global challenges, research like this continues to demonstrate the importance of our work and how our research tackles some of today’s complex global challenges. I also wish to congratulate the SOAS Enterprise team on receiving one of the largest contracts in its history.”