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Laura Jeffery

Laura Jeffery
Name
Professor Laura Jeffery FRSA
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, 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, Indian Ocean studies, Chagos, Mauritius
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 and humanenvironment relations in protracted displacement contexts, and 4) Indian Ocean islands:

  1. Alongside dispersed colleagues, I lead a UKRI GCRF project on improving healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement amongst Somali and Congolese IDPs and refugees in eight field sites in Somalia, Eastern DRC, Kenya, and South Africa.
  2. My ongoing work on creative engagement with migration includes the GCRF Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (MADAR) Network Plus. MADAR builds upon an AHRC project MARAM: Mobilising Access to Rights for Artists in Morocco, which generated a virtual exhibition and downloadable guide for artists in Morocco. MARAM built upon an ESRC/AHRC project Arts for Advocacy: Creative Engagement with Forced Displacement in Morocco, which generated a series of exhibitions and a downloadable creative arts, migration, and advocacy toolkit.
  3. My longstanding engagement with the displaced Chagossian community culminated in the inscription of Chagossian sega tambour music on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. The nomination file drew on an AHRC project CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across Generations. Visit chagos.online to browse virtual exhibits, download recipe cards, and listen to the Chagos Tambour Group album. This work built upon my ESRC project on debates about sustainable resettlement and environmental conservation in the context of the Chagos Marine Protected Area (MPA) and the UK government's policy review on resettlement of the Chagos Archipelago, my Leverhulme project on Chagossian onward migration to the UK, and my ESRC project on the politics of victimhood amongst forcibly displaced Chagos islanders in Mauritius.
  4. I have a longstanding ethnographic interest in the islands of the Indian Ocean, particularly Mauritius and Seychelles. I also led a work package on labour migration and connective infrastructure in Maldives as part of an ERC Consolidator Grant on Roads and the politics of thought: ethnographic approaches to infrastructure development in South Asia.

Publications

Monograph

Edited Collections

Journal Articles

Open Access articles are marked [OA]. 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: 1) healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement, 2) creative engagement with migration and displacement, 3) intangible cultural heritage and human–environment relations in protracted displacement contexts, and 4) Indian Ocean islands (particularly Chagos, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Maldives).

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

PhD in Social Anthropology