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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Amelia Kuch

Amelia Kuch
Amelia Kuch
International Development School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Refugee studies, Migration, durable solutions, Citizenship, Mobility, Borderlands, Land Tenure Systems, Land governance, Urban development, International development, ethnography, Qualitative Research Methods, Tanzania, Burundi

PhD Title

Citizenship in Exile

Research Project Description

My research is an ethnographic study of naturalization of Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Through the lens of this case, I explore markers and functions of national citizenship in a context of exile. Drawing on the experiences and narratives of former refugees, I propose an alternative way of conceptualizing citizenship from a perspective of mobility. Moreover, the project gives new insights into the role of land and property rights, political participation, safety, and freedom of movement in the implementation of durable solutions. 


2015-present: Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
2013-2014: MSc, Oxford University [distinction]
2009-2012: BA Hons, University College Utrecht


(Co-author) Katy Long, Elisa Mosler Vidal, Amelia Kuch and Jessica Hagen-Zanker. 2017. Citizenship, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Briefing paper. Overseas Development Institute.

Amelia Kuch. 2017. Naturalization of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania: The Debates on Local Integration and the Meaning of Citizenship Revisited. Journal of Refugee Studies, 30(3), 468-487.

Amelia Kuch. 2016. Naturalization of Burundian refugees in TanzaniaForced Migration Review, (52), 63-64.

(Co-author) James Milner and Amelia Kuch. 2016. Naturalization in Tanzania: Lessons from the ebb and flow of the process. RefLAW. The University of Michigan Law School

Related Work in International Development:

2017- present: Advisor, Wayair Foundation, Poland

2016-2017: Researcher, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Tanzania

2012: Grants& Collaborations, Prince Claus Fund, the Netherlands

Academic Awards:

2015-2018: Awarded Excellence in European Doctoral Training (ExEDE): a joint PhD scholarship award between the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Aarhus University (Denmark)

2014: Terence Ranger Prize for the Best Dissertation, Oxford University

Dr Katy Long, Stanford University

Dr Andrew Bowman & Dr Hazel Gray, University of Edinburgh

Dr Lotte Meinart, Aarhus University

Non-Academic Achievements
I am a certified yoga and meditation teacher.