SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Professor Laura Hammond

BA (Sarah Lawrence); MA, PhD (Wisconsin)
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications


Laura Hammond
Department of Development Studies

Professor of Development Studies

Centre for Gender Studies

Member, Centre for Gender Studies

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

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

SOAS Food Studies Centre

Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre

Agrarian Change and Development

Research Cluster Member

Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Research and Evidence Facility

Team Leader

London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team

Principal Investigator

Centre of African Studies


Professor Laura Hammond
Email address:
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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.

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Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Alexander Ray, Rethinking the Local–international Dichotomy in Relation to Refugee Protection and Assistance: The Politics of Practice in Managing South Sudanese Displacement (working title)
  • Caitlin Sturridge , How can changing rural-urban livelihoods build households’ capacity to adapt to growing resource scarcity? A political ecology of mobility and translocality in Laikipia, Kenya (working title).
  • Chris Weeks, Human trafficking in the wake of natural disaster: the case of Typhoon Haiyan
  • Dilys K. Winterkorn, The Rise and Phenomena of African Philanthropy (working title)
  • 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
  • Kirstie Kwarteng, The Transnational Practices of Second Generation Ghanaians: A Comparative Study (Working Title)
  • Laurie Lijnders, Motherhood Across Borders (working title)
  • Nimo-Ilhan Ahmed Ali,


Laura Hammond is an anthropologist (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison), her research interests include food security, conflict, forced migration and diasporas. She is Challenge Leader for Security, Protracted Conflict, Refugees and Forced Displacement for the Global Challenges Research Fund, Head of the London International Development Centre's Migration Leadership Team, and Team Leader for the Research and Evidence Facility (Horn of Africa Window) of the European Union Trust Fund for Africa. She also is Chair of the Independent Advisory Group for Country Information. She has worked in the Horn of Africa since 1993 (with a particular emphasis on Ethiopia and Somalia/Somaliland), 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), co-editor with Johan Pottier and Christopher Cramer of Researching Violence in Africa: Ethical and Methodological Challenges (Brill: 2011) and many book and journal articles. 


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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Ethiopia
  • Somalia


Authored Books

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


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.

Edited Books or Journals

Cramer, Christopher and Hammond, Laura and Pottier, Johan, (eds.), (2011) Researching Violence in Africa: Ethical and Methodological Challenges. Leiden: Brill. (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies).

Book Chapters

Hammond, L (2019) 'Livelihoods and Mobility in the Border Regions of Ethiopia'. In: Cheru, Fantu and Cramer, Christopher and Oqubay, Arkebe, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 269-287.

Hammond, Laura (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, pp 44-63.

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

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.

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.. Philadelphia, PA: 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.

Monographs and Working Papers

Hammond, Laura (2021) Toward Development Solutions to Internal Displacement: A Political Economy Approach. New York: United Nations Development Programme.

Hammond, Laura and Ibrahim, Mustafa (2019) Migrants on the Margins: Tackling Urban Displacement in Hargeisa, Somaliland (Policy Brief). London: Royal Geographical Society.

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'. [Unpublished]


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