SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Anna Lindley

MA (Leeds); DPhil (Oxon)
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Anna Lindley
Department of Development Studies

Senior Lecturer in Migration, Mobility and Development

Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Dr Anna Lindley
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Anna has a doctorate in Development Studies from Oxford University and a Masters from Leeds University. Prior to joining SOAS, she worked as a researcher for the Refugee Studies Centre and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at Oxford University. Her research focuses on global migration and displacement dynamics, politics and experiences.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Claire Marcel, What is the relationship between immigration controls, labour market structures and experiences of precarity in different spheres of the lives of migrant workers in the cleaning and agricultural sectors in the UK? (working title)
  • Femi Bolaji, How Does Diaspora Finance Shape Infrastructure Development in Nigeria?
  • Iris Lim, Experiencing the Digital Governance Immigration: a Qualitative Comparison of London and Seoul
  • Kirstie Kwarteng, The Transnational Practices of Second Generation Ghanaians: A Comparative Study (Working Title)


Development Studies Careers Link, for more information current Development Studies students can self-enrol in Development Studies Careers



My research focuses on global migration dynamics, politics and experiences. I have particular experience working on displacement & refugee issues, transnationalism & remittances, and Somali mobilities. My current work explores immigration politics, policy and practice; experiences of precarity; and civic mobilization around migration.

Funded Projects:

  • Connecting during Covid-19: practices of care, remittance sending and digitisation among UK migrant communities. (2020-2020) Funded by UK Research and Innovation’s ESRC Covid-19 research scheme (Co-Investigator) 
  • Access to Justice in Immigration Detention (2017). Research commissioned by the Bar Council of England and Wales (Principal investigator)
  • Building bridges: voluntary sector engagements with immigration detention (2015-16). Supported by British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme (Principal investigator)
  • Crisis and migration: critical perspectives (2012). Workshop / book preparation supported by SOAS Department Development Studies (Organiser and editor)
  • Policy responses to protracted displacement (2011). Funded by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Somali displacement case study for project led by University of Oxford)
  • Conflict-related mobility in the Somali territories (2008-09). Funded by European Commission (University of Oxford component of the Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict Consortium led by University of Sussex)
  • Refugees and Remittances (2007-08). Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council (Principal investigator, University of Oxford)


Authored Books

Lindley, Anna (2010) The Early Morning Phone Call: Somali Refugees' Remittances. New York: Berghahn Books.


Lindley, Anna (2022) ''Hit and miss'? Access to legal assistance in immigration detention'. Journal of Human Rights Practice, (13) 3, pp 629-653.

Lindley, Anna (2020) 'What are we afraid of? Exploring risk and immigration detention'. Migration Studies, (9) 1, pp 90-114.

Lindley, Anna (2019) 'Civic mobilisation around immigration detention: Exploring motivations and experiences'. Geoforum, (102), pp 5-16.

Lindley, Anna (2013) 'Displacement in contested places: governance, movement and settlement in the Somali territories'. Journal of Eastern African Studies, (7) 2, pp 291-313.

Lindley, Anna (2011) 'Between a protracted and a crisis situation: policy responses to Somali refugees in Kenya'. Refugee Survey Quarterly, (30) 4, pp 14-49.

Lindley, Anna (2010) 'Seeking refuge in an unrecognized state: Oromos in Somaliland'. Refuge: Canada's periodical on refugees, (26) 1, pp 187-189.

Lindley, Anna (2010) 'Leaving Mogadishu: Towards a Sociology of Conflict-Related Mobility'. Journal of Refugee Studies, (23) 1, pp 2-22.

Lindley, Anna (2009) 'The North-South Divide in Everyday Life: Somali Londoners Sending Money “Home”'. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies.

Lindley, Anna (2009) 'Between dirty money and development capital: Somali money transfer infrastructure under global scrutiny'. African Affairs, (108) 433.

Lindley, Anna (2009) 'The early morning phonecall: remittances from a refugee diaspora perspective'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (35) 8, pp 1315-1334.

Lindley, Anna (2009) 'Remittances in conflict: some conceptual considerations'. Journal of Economics and Statistics [Jahrbücher f. Nationalökonomie u. Statistik], (229) 6, pp 774-786.

Lindley, Anna (2008) 'Transnational connections and education in the Somali context'. Journal of Eastern African Studies, (2) 3, pp 401-414.

Lindley, Anna and Pieke, Frank N. and Van Hear, Nicholas (2007) 'Beyond control? The mechanics and dynamics of ‘informal’ remittances between Europe and Africa'. Global networks: a journal of transnational affairs, (7) 3, pp 348-366.

Lindley, Anna (2006) 'Migration and Financial Transfers: UK-Somalia'. Refuge, (23) 2, pp 20-27.

Edited Books or Journals

Lindley, Anna, (ed.), (2014) Crisis and Migration: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Lindley, Anna (2022) 'The global ordering of remittance flows: formalisation, facilitation, funnelling and financialisation'. In: Pécoud, Antoine and Thiollet, Hélène, (eds.), The Institutions of Global Migration Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [Forthcoming]

Lindley, Anna (2014) 'Crisis and migration: concepts and issues'. In: Lindley, Anna, (ed.), Crisis and Migration: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Lindley, Anna and Hammond, Laura (2014) 'Histories and contemporary challenges of crisis and mobility in Somalia'. In: Lindley, Anna, (ed.), Crisis and Migration: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Lindley, Anna (2014) 'Environmental Processes, Political Conflict and Migration: A Somali Case Study'. In: Martin, Susan F. and Weerasinghe, S. and Taylor, A., (eds.), Humanitarian Crises and Migration: Causes, Consequences and Responses. London: Routledge, pp 160-178.

Lindley, Anna (2013) 'Diaspora and Transnational Perspectives on Remittances'. In: Quayson, Ato and Daswani, Girish, (eds.), Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism. Oxford: Blackwell, pp 316-329.

Lindley, Anna (2011) 'Remittances'. In: Betts, A., (ed.), Global Migration Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lindley, Anna and Vollmer, B. (2009) 'Migration, Globalisation and Security'. In: Fagen, H. and Munck, Ronaldo, (eds.), Globalisation and Security: An Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

Monographs and Working Papers

Lindley, Anna and Majeed-Hajaj, Saliha and Loureiro, Gabriela Silva and Datta, Kavita and Chase, Elaine and Hammond, Laura (2021) Connecting during Covid-19: Practices of care, remittance sending and digitisation among UK’s migrant communities. Community Spotlight Workshop Report.. London: Queen Mary.

Lindley, Anna (2017) Injustice in Immigration Detention. Report commissioned by the Bar Council of England and Wales.

Lindley, Anna and Mosley, Jason (2014) Challenges for the Somali Money Transfer Sector. Nairobi: Rift Valley Institute.

Lindley, Anna (2009) Leaving Mogadishu: The War on Terror and Displacement Dynamics in the Somali Regions. MICROCON Working Pape. [Unpublished]

Lindley, Anna (2008) Conflict-induced migration and remittances: exploring conceptual frameworks. Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper No.47. Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

Lindley, Anna (2007) Remittances in fragile settings: a Somali case study. No. 27. Households in Conflict Network, Sussex University.

Lindley, Anna and Van Hear, Nicholas (2007) New Europeans on the Move: A preliminary review of the onward migration of refugees within the European Union. Oxford: No. 57. Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford.

Lindley, Anna (2007) Protracted displacement and remittances: the view from Eastleigh, Nairobi. New Issues in Refugee Research Working Paper No. 143. Geneva: UNHCR. UNHCR.

Book Reviews

Lindley, Anna (2022) 'Escape, bureaucracy and the politics of refuge: 'The Ungrateful Refugee' by Dina Nayeri'. Journal of Refugee Studies, (35) 1, pp 741-743.

Lindley, Anna (2020) 'Reading 'Broken Cities: Inside the Global Housing Crisis''. Centre for Development and Emergency Practice Blog.

Lindley, Anna (2017) 'Review: 'Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine' by Catherine Besteman'. Journal of Anthropological Research, (73) 2, pp 324-326.

Lindley, Anna (2016) 'Review of: 'Humane and Dignified? Migrants’ Experiences of Living in a ‘State of Deportability’ in Sweden''. E-International Relations Online.

Lindley, Anna (2012) 'Review of 'Development and the African Diaspora''. Africa, (82) 2, pp 321-323.

Lindley, Anna (2011) 'Review of 'Understanding the Somalia Conflagration: Identity, Political Islam and Peace Building''. African Affairs, (110) 44, pp 514-515.

Lindley, Anna (2006) 'Review of 'Researching Conflict in Africa: Insights and Experiences' Edited by Elisabeth Porter, Gillian Robinson, Marie Smyth, Albrecht Schnabel and Eghosa Osaghae'. Journal of Refugee Studies, (19) 2, pp 260-262.

Lindley, Anna (2004) 'Review of 'Human Security Now: Protecting and Empowering People' by the Commission on Human Security'. Journal of Refugee Studies, (17) 2, pp 244-246.

Lindley, Anna (2004) 'Review of 'Somalia: Economy Without State''. Journal of Refugee Studies, (17) 4, pp 484-486.


Lindley, Anna (2020) 'Challenges to immigration in the UK: policy landscape, civil mobilisation and COVID-19'.

Lindley, Anna (2017) 'Injustice in immigration detention 2017'.


Chase, Elaine and Datta, Kavita and Hammond, Laura and Lindley, Anna and Fadal, Kaltun and Majeed-Hajaj, Saliha and Loureiro, Gabriela Silva (2022) 'Access to care and support during Covid-19' Connecting During Covid-19, Research Briefing, 1.

Lindley, Anna (2020) 'The Detention Duty Advice scheme: research summary'. [Unpublished]

Lindley, Anna (2020) 'Detention, risk and Covid-19' Detention Forum Blog.

Lindley, Anna (2020) 'A Note From the Centre Of Migration And Diaspora Studies' The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, 12.

Lindley, Anna (2019) 'Vibrant, Diversifying Civic Mobilization Challenges the Immigration Detention System' Border Criminologies Blog.

Lindley, Anna and Della Croce, Clara (2019) 'Migrants granted bail left trapped in British immigration detention because of nowhere to go' The Conversation.

Lindley, Anna (2018) 'Beyond Windrush' COUNSEL magazine.

Lindley, Anna (2018) 'Immigration detention: a national scandal'.

Lindley, Anna (2018) 'Immigration detention: the Bar speaks out' Counsel Magazine.

Lindley, Anna (2017) 'Unblocking university for displaced people'.

Lindley, Anna (2015) 'Refugees Welcome and Beyond' London International Development Centre Blog.

Lindley, Anna (2015) 'Taking on the hostile environment' Unlocking Detention [Online].

Lindley, Anna (2014) 'Critical perspectives on crisis and migration'.

Lindley, Anna and Liberatore, Giulia (2014) 'Somali diversities: exploring the challenges confronting marginalised social groups' Journal of Anglo-Somali Society, Spring.

Lindley, Anna (2014) 'Questioning the notion of ‘drought displacement': environment, politics and migration in Somalia' Forced Migration Review, 45.

Lindley, Anna (2013) 'Global Insider: Somalia Still Unsafe for Large-Scale Refugee Returns' World Politics Review.

Lindley, Anna (2012) 'Skilled international migration' Migration Network Europe Policy Brief.

Lindley, Anna (2011) 'Seeking solutions to Somali displacement in Kenya: current and potential policy approaches' Development Viewpoint.

Lindley, Anna and Caterina, Martina (2011) 'Workshop report: Between protracted and crisis displacement - Policy responses to Somali displacement, November 2011'.

Lindley, Anna (2010) 'Between Suspicion and Celebration: The Somali Money Transfers Business' Development Viewpoint.

Lindley, Anna (2010) 'Seeking refuge in an unrecognized state: Oromos in Somaliland' Refuge: Canada's periodical on refugees, 26.

Lindley, Anna (2009) 'Crisis and displacement in Somalia' Forced Migration Review, 33.

Lindley, Anna (2009) 'Leaving Mogadishu: researching the causes of displacement, 2007-2008'.

Lindley, Anna (2009) 'Voices of the dispossessed: displacement and peace-building in the Somali regions'.

Lindley, Anna (2008) 'African Remittances and Progress: Opportunities and Challenges' Análisis del Real Instituto'.

Lindley, Anna (2007) 'Migrants' Remittances in Insecure Settings: the Somali case'.

Lindley, Anna (2007) 'Natiijadii ka soo baxay barnaamij cilmi-baariseed Lagacaha dadku dibadaha ka diraan xaaladdeedu ma sugna Xaaladda Soomaalida'.

Lindley, Anna (2007) 'Getting a Fair Deal? Consumer Issues with Remittance Services'.


This list was last generated on Saturday, 21st May 2022, 16:14 Europe/London.