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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.  Drawing on the experiences and narratives of former refugees, I explore various markers and functions of citizenship from a perspective of mobility (including land ownership, political participation, and safety). The project lends new insight into the psychosocial benefits of legal status in the context of migration. 


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


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, Scotland 

2017- present: Operational Director, Wayair Foundation, Poland/Tanzania/Belgium

2017: Researcher, International Growth Centre (IGC), Tanzania 

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

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
Certified yoga and meditation teacher.