SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Lewis Turner

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxford), MSc Middle East Politics (SOAS)
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Lewis Turner
Department of Politics and International Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mr Lewis Turner
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Thursdays 9.30-10.30am
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Working title: Men, Masculinities and the Humanitarian Response to the Refugee Crisis in Jordan
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My research explores how the humanitarian sector works with Syrian refugee men in Jordan, and how refugee governance influences ideas and performances of masculinities among Syrian refugee communities.

PhD Research

My doctoral research, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), focuses on men, masculinities and humanitarianism in the Syrian refugee response in Jordan, with a particular focus on Jordan's refugee camps. It investigates how men and masculinities are conceptualized and understood in the humanitarian response, and the ways in which ideas about men and masculinities are implicated in, and legitimated by, the policies and practices of humanitarian organizations. Simultaneously, my project asks how Syrian refugees’ experiences of camps and host communities in Jordan, and the new regimes to which they have been subject, have affected their ideas about male gender.


  • Turner, L. (2015) Explaining the (Non-)Encampment of Syrian Refugees: Security, Class and the Labour Market in Lebanon and Jordan, Mediterranean Politics, 20(3), pp. 386-404.
  • Turner, L. (2015) On Encampment and Gendered Vulnerabilities: A Critical Analysis of the UK's Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme for Syrian Refugees, Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, 5(2) pp. 21-25


  • Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Odense: 'From Refugees to Migrant Workers? Employment and Livelihoods for Syrians in Jordan' (September 2016)
  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) annual conference, University of Wales, Lampeter: 'In Search of an Orderly Success Story: The Role of Spatial Practices in the Creation, Management, and Depiction of Syrian Refugee Camps in Jordan' (July 2016)
  • Gender and Migration: Critical Issues and Policy Implications, Gediz University, Turkey: 'The Uncertain Position of Adult Male Refugees in the Humanitarian Response to the Syria Crisis in Jordan' (May 2016)
  • Masculinities, Conflict and (Post-)Conflict, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University: ‘Engaging Men and Boys’ in Campaigns Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Among Syrian Refugee Communities in Jordan' (January 2016)
  • Shifting Trajectories of Power and Resistance, SOAS Department of Politics and International Studies MPhil Research Conference: 'The Transformation of Masculinities in Spaces of Humanitarianism.' (June 2015)
  • Dislocating Masculinity Revisited, University of Sussex. Invited discussion with Rachel O’Neill: Domestic and International Masculinities in an Era of Neoliberalism (July 2014)


I am a member of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS), British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IAFSM), International Studies Association (ISA), and the Syrian Studies Association (SSA). 



  • Humanitarianism
  • Refugees
  • Gender
  • Masculinities
  • Politics and International Relations of the Middle East