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Laura Jeffery

Laura Jeffery
Name
Professor Laura Jeffery
Title
Professor of Anthropology of Migration
Address
5.20 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Telephone
+44 (131) 651 3860
Email
Research Interests
Forced displacement, Migration studies, Critical heritage studies, Conservation and development, Human-environment relations, Migration and development, Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), Arts-Based Research Methods, Migration and Health, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_anthropology/jeffery_laura

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • I'm currently on research leave, so please email me for an appointment

Research

I am a social anthropologist specialising in: 1) healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement; 2) creative engagement with migration and displacement; and 3) intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and human-environment relations in the context of protracted displacement:

  1. Alongside Lucy Lowe, Jean-Benoit Falisse, Amina Jama Mahmud, Paulin Mutombo, Germaine Furaha, Joachim Osur, Jo Vearey, Elise Griede, and Alison Strang, I lead a UKRI GCRF Development-Based Approaches to Protracted Displacement project (2020–23) on improving healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement amongst Somali and Congolese internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees in eight field sites in Somalia, Eastern DRC, Kenya, and South Africa.
  2. My ongoing work with Mariangela Palladino and Sébastien Bachelet includes Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (MADAR Network Plus 2020–24) in collaboration with Racines and Mehdi Lalou in Morocco, Notre Culture D'Abord and Hassen Boubakri in Tunisia, and Caritas and Saïb Musette in Algeria. Alongside Dounia Benslimane and Aadel Essandani, we also run MARAM: Mobilising Access to Rights for Artists in Morocco (AHRC KEI grant 2019-20). Visit the MARAM website for more information. MARAM builds upon our previous collaboration with GADEM (Groupe antiraciste d'accompagnement et de défense des étrangers et migrants) on Arts for Advocacy: Creative Engagement with Forced Displacement in Morocco (ESRC-AHRC Forced Displacement grant 2016-18). Visit artsforadvocacy.org to view our virtual exhibitions and to download our creative arts, migration, and advocacy toolkit.
  3. My longstanding engagement with the displaced Chagossian community from the Chagos Archipelago culminated in the inscription of Chagossian music – sega tambour Chagos – on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding on Human Rights Day 10 December 2019. The nomination file drew on CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across Generations (AHRC KEI grant 2017-18 and ESRC IAA 2018-19), which I led alongside Rebecca Rotter, Chagossian groups, Vinesh Hookoomsing, Saradha Soobrayen, and Crawley Museum. Visit chagos.online to browse our virtual exhibits, download Chagossian recipe cards, and listen to the Chagos Tambour Group album we released in 2018. Our work on Chagossian cultural heritage built upon my previous research on: debates about environmental knowledge in the context of the controversial Chagos Marine Protected Area (MPA) and the UK government’s policy review on resettlement of the Chagos Archipelago (ESRC Research Fellowship 2009-15); Chagossian onward migration to the UK (Leverhulme ECF 2006-08); and the politics of victimhood amongst forcibly displaced Chagos islanders in Mauritius and Seychelles (ESRC PhD/PDF 2001-06).

I also worked with Luke Heslop on labour migration and the development of connective infrastructure in Maldives as part of Edward Simpson's ERC Consolidator Grant Roads and the politics of thought: Ethnographic approaches to infrastructure development in South Asia (2015-20).

Publications

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Edited Collections

Journal Articles

Open Access articles are marked [OA]. Please email me for a PDF if you do not have access to the others.

Book Chapters

Topics interested in supervising

I welcome PGR supervision enquiries relating to my current research interests in: healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement; creative engagement with migration and displacement; intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and human-environment relations in the context of protracted displacement.

If you are interested in being supervised by Laura Jeffery, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology