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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 PhD project focuses on naturalisation and integration of Burundian refugees in Tanzania. In my work, I look in detail at the subjects of governance, land rights and various patterns of mobility. Drawing on former refugees' experiences and narratives, my thesis puts forward a new concept of 'probational citizenship' which aims to capture the temporality, uncertainty and ongoing struggles for recognition in displacement. The thesis concludes with universal observations about the increasing insecurity of citizenship status, incorporating example from the US and the UK. I have published my findings in the Journal of Refugee Studies, Critical African Studies, Forced Migration Review and various non-academic outlets. 


2015-present: Ph.D., International Development and Anthropology, University of Edinburgh & Aarhus University (joint degree) 

2014-2015: MSc, International Development, University of Edinburgh

2013-2014: MSc, African Studies, Oxford University [distinction]

2009-2012: BA Hons, Liberal Arts, University College Utrecht


Amelia Kuch (2018) Land and exile: revisiting the case of Burundian refugees in Tanzania, Critical African Studies,10:1, 108-125 

Amelia Kuch. 2018. Lessons from Tanzania’s Historic Bid to Turn Refugees to Citizens, News Deeply.

(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


2017-2018: Tutor for Research Design and Practice (PG course), Edinburgh University

2018: Designing and delivering teaching on Migration and Displacement for a UG Social Anthropology course, Aarhus University 

Related Work in International Development and Social Policy:

2018- present: Social Researcher, Scottish Government, Edinburgh 

2017- present: Research and Partnership, Wayair Foundation, International

2017: Consultant, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London

2017: Consultant, International Growth Centre (IGC), Dar es Salaam 

2016-2017: Consultant, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Dar es Salaam

2012: Grants& Collaborations, Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam

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

Other Awards:

2018: Won an award of 85,000£ from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Polish Humanitarian Fund 2018 for Wayair Foundation's work in Tanzania 

Dr Katy Long, Stanford University

Dr Andrew Bowman & Dr Hazel Gray, University of Edinburgh

Dr Lotte Meinart, Aarhus University

Non-Academic Achievements
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