School of Social and Political Science

Laura Jeffery

Job Title

Professor of Anthropology of Migration

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Building (Address)

5.20 Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

I am a social anthropologist specialising in:

  1. Healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement.
  2. Participatory arts methods and creative engagement with migration and displacement.
  3. Intangible cultural heritage and human–environment relations in protracted displacement contexts.
  4. Indian Ocean islands (particularly Chagos, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Maldives).

For more details, please see Research Interests below:

Research interests

Research interests

  1. I lead an ESRC project on improving healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement amongst Somali and Congolese IDPs and refugees in Somalia, Eastern DRC, Kenya, and South Africa.

  2. My ongoing work on participatory arts methods and creative engagement with migration and displacement includes co-direction of an AHRC Network Plus MADAR: Maghreb action on displacement and rights. 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 on 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 long-term ethnographic 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 my AHRC project CHAGOS: cultural heritage across generations. Visit chagos.online to browse virtual exhibits, download recipes, 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 Indian Ocean islands, particularly Chagos, 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.

Research supervision

I welcome PhD in Social Anthropology supervision enquiries relating to my current research interests.

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Staff Hours and Guidance

Please email for an (online) appointment.

Publications by user content

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Rotter R, Jeffery L, Heslop L. Navigating interdisciplinarity: Negotiating discipline, embodiment, and materiality on a field methods training course. Teaching Anthropology: Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges Notes. 2021 Jan 8;10(3):1-13. https://doi.org/10.22582/ta.v10i3.578
Heslop L, Jeffery L. Roadwork: Expertise at work building roads in the Maldives. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2020 Jun 30;26(2):284-301. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.13236
Jeffery L, Rotter R. Safeguarding sega: Transmission, inscription, and appropriation of Chagossian intangible cultural heritage. International Journal of Heritage Studies. 2019 Oct 31;25(10):1020-1033. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2018.1555671
Jeffery L. Sustainable Mauritius? Environmental change, energy efficiency, and sustainable development in a small island state in the Indian Ocean. In Halterman I, Tischler J, editors, Environmental Change and African Societies. Brill. 2019. (Climate and Culture).
Jeffery L. The International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the Chagos Archipelago. Anthropology Today. 2019 Jun;35(3):24-27. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12508
Jeffery L, Palladino M, Rotter R, Woolley A. Creative engagement with migration. Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture. 2019 Apr 1;10(1):3-17. https://doi.org/10.1386/cjmc.10.1.3_1
Bachelet S, Jeffery L. Creative engagement with migration in Morocco: An ethnographic exploration of photographic encounters. Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture. 2019 Apr 1;10(1):25-42. https://doi.org/10.1386/cjmc.10.1.25_1
Jeffery L, (ed.), Palladino M, (ed.), Rotter R, (ed.), Woolley A, (ed.). Creative Engagement with Migration. Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2019. 155 p. (Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture; 1).
Rotter R (Author), Jeffery L (Author). Transmitting, safeguarding and promoting Chagossian cultural heritage in the context of protracted displacement Online: Heritage-Research.org. 2019.
Jeffery L. Development and forced displacement. In Callan H, editor, International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea1698
Jeffery L. ‘For Mauritians, joy; for Chagossians, sadness’: Mauritian independence, the sacrifice of the Chagos Archipelago, and the suffering of the Chagos islanders. In Ramtohul R, Eriksen TH, editors, The Mauritian Paradox: Fifty years of development, diversity and democracy. Reduit: University of Mauritius Press. 2018. p. 245-259
Jeffery L. “We don’t want to be sent back and forth all the time”: ethnographic encounters with displacement, migration, and Britain beyond the British Isles. Sociological Review Monographs. 2017 Mar 27;65(1):71-87. https://doi.org/10.1177/0081176917693526
Rotter R, Jeffery L. ‘We no longer have faith and trust in anyone’: Misadventures in community consultation on the future of the Chagos Archipelago . International Development and Planning Review. 2016 Oct 1;38(4):383-403. https://doi.org/10.3828/idpr.2016.22
Jeffery L, Rotter R. Sustenance, nourishment, and cultivation: Plants as living cultural heritage for dispersed Chagossians in Mauritius, Seychelles, and the UK. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2016 Jun 30;22(2):296-313. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.12402
Jeffery LR. Erratum: Ecological restoration in a cultural landscape: Conservationist and Chagossian approaches to controlling the 'coconut chaos' on the Chagos Archipelago (Human Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10745-014-9696-y). Human Ecology. 2015 Mar 7;43(1):185–185. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-014-9716-y
Jeffery LR. Ecological restoration in a cultural landscape: conservationist and Chagossian approaches to controlling the 'coconut chaos' on the Chagos Archipelago. Human Ecology. 2014 Aug 23. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-014-9696-y
Jeffery L. Neither confirm nor deny: WikiLeaks evidence and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in the judicial review of the Chagos Marine Protected Area. Anthropology Today. 2014 Jun;30(3):9-13. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12109
Jeffery L. Reply to Simon Hughes. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute . 2013 Dec 1;19(4):879-881. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.12070
Jeffery L, Konopinski N. Planning your research project. In Konopinski N, editor, Doing Anthropological Research: A Practical Guide. London: Routledge. 2013. p. 21-35
Jeffery L. ‘We Are the True Guardians of the Environment’: Human-Environment Relations and Debates about the Future of the Chagos Archipelago. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2013 Jun;19(2):300-318. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.12034
Jeffery L. Debates about the feasibility of human resettlement of the Chagos Archipelago. 2013.
Jeffery L. 'A lost people'? Chagossian onward migration and echoes of marginalisation in Crawley. In Evans SJTM, Kooy M, editors, Eviction from the Chagos Islands : displacement and struggle for identity against two world powers . Leiden, netherlands: Brill. 2011. p. 219-238. (African History). https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004202603.i-293
Jeffery L. Chagos Islanders in Mauritius and the UK: Forced Displacement and Onward Migration. Manchester University Press, 2011. 224 p. (New Ethnographies).
Jeffery L. ‘Unusual Immigrants’, or, Chagos Islanders and their Confrontations with British Citizenship. Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. 2011;18(2):33-44. https://doi.org/10.3167/aia.2011.180205
Jeffery L, Johannessen S. Reflections on the Life and Art of the Chagossian Painter Clément Siatous. Wasafiri. 2011;66(2):72-77. https://doi.org/10.1080/02690055.2011.557553
Jeffery L, Murison J. The temporal, social, spatial and legal dimensions of return and onward migration. Population, Space and Place. 2011;17(2):131-139. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.606
Jeffery L, Vine D. Sorrow, sadness, and impoverishment: The lives of Chagossians in Mauritius. In Evers S, Kooy M, editors, Eviction from the Chagos Islands. Leiden: Brill. 2011. p. 83-102 https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004202603.i-293.45
Jeffery L, (ed.), Murison J, (ed.). Return and Onward Migration - Special Issue. Population, Space and Place. 2011;17(2):131-192. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.669
Jeffery L. Forced Displacement, Onward Migration and Reformulations of 'Home' by Chagossians in Crawley, UK. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 2010;36(7):1099-1117. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691830903517511
Jeffery L. Creole festivals and Afro-Creole cosmopolitanisms in Mauritius. Social Anthropology. 2010;18(4):425-432. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8676.2010.00126.x
Jeffery L. Chagossians refused right to return home: A sequel to Vine (AT 24[4]). Anthropology Today. 2009 Feb;25(1):24-26. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8322.2009.00644.x
Jeffery L, Vine D. "Give Us Back Diego Garcia": Unity and Division among Activists in the Indian Ocean. In Lutz C, editor, The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle Against U.S. Military Posts. Pluto Press. 2008. p. 181-217
Jeffery L. ‘Our right is our land’: The Chagos Archipelago and discourses on rights to land in the Indian Ocean. In Bunwaree S, Kasenally R, editors, Rights and Development in Mauritius. Mauritius: OSSREA Mauritius Chapter and University of Mauritius. 2007. p. 31–58
Jeffery L. How a plantation became paradise: Changing representations of the homeland among displaced Chagos islanders. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2007;13(4):951–968.
Jeffery L, Candea M. The politics of victimhood. History and Anthropology. 2006 Dec 1;17(4):287-296. https://doi.org/10.1080/02757200600914037
Jeffery L, (ed.), Candea M, (ed.). The Politics of Victimhood. History and Anthropology. 2006;17(4):287–395.
Jeffery L. Historical narrative and legal evidence: Judging Chagossians’ High Court testimonies. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 2006;29(2):228–253. https://doi.org/10.1525/pol.2006.29.2.228
Jeffery L. Victims and patrons: Strategic alliances and the anti-politics of victimhood among displaced Chagossians and their supporters. History and Anthropology. 2006;17(4):297–312.
Jeffery L, Candea M. The politics of victimhood. History and Anthropology. 2006;17(4):287–296.