Local Community Experiences of and Responses to Conflict-Induced Displacement from Syria: Views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Geography

Abstract

The UN has described the Syrian conflict as "the most dramatic humanitarian crisis that we have ever faced". By August 2015, 1,114,000 refugees had fled Syria to seek safety in Lebanon, 630,000 had fled to Jordan and 1,939,000 to Turkey. Local communities, civil society groups and faith-based organisations in these countries are some of the most important actors responding to the refugee influx from Syria, filling major gaps which exist even when major aid programmes have been implemented by international agencies such as the UN. These civil society responses have included Lebanese, Jordanian and Turkish citizens providing food and shelter to refugees, local faith leaders offering spiritual support to people displaced by the Syrian conflict, and social and material support provided by protracted refugees who were already living in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey before the outbreak of the Syrian conflict.

All of these initiatives are clearly significant, but little is known about how and why local communities offer assistance to refugees. This project aims to enhance our knowledge by carefully examining a range of responses developed by the members of nine local communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, asking questions such as What has motivated these responses? and Who has benefited and who has been excluded from these responses? Another important question is How are these local responses perceived by 'traditional' humanitarian aid providers, including governmental Ministries, international humanitarian aid agencies, and UN agencies?

It is important to examine the different implications of local community responses to displacement for different reasons. For instance, although little evidence exists, the UN and traditional Northern donors are increasingly supporting 'local' responses to conflict because this is a way of sharing the 'burden' of providing aid and services to millions of refugees. At the same time, however, academic, political and policy observers express concerns that local responses may be motivated by political, ideological and faith-based priorities, rather than adhering to the international humanitarian principles of neutrality, universality and impartiality upheld by organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross. Detailed research is therefore urgently needed to ensure that local initiatives are neither prematurely celebrated nor unduly demonised.

This research aims to improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that arise in local responses to displacement, both for refugees from Syria and for the members of the communities that are hosting them. A team of local researchers will spend 6 months in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey carefully observing how the members of 9 local communities have responded to the arrival of refugees from Syria. They will interview a total of 270 local community members and 270 refugees, asking them about their experiences of providing or receiving local assistance; refugees and community members will also share their views through a number of participatory research workshops and creative writing workshops in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. 150 people who work with local, national and international organisations (including UN agencies) will also be interviewed, to examine their views of local responses to refugees from Syria. Doing this will help us identify whether there is national and international support for local community responses for refugees, or if national and international organisations believe that local responses should not be encouraged or allowed.

The project will use this research to develop recommendations for civil society groups, aid groups, governmental ministries and international organisations. These recommendations will provide suggestions on how local, national and international organisations can best work together to support the needs and human rights of people affected by conflict.

Planned Impact

Our project will provide a critical evidence base to inform the development of policy and practice that can appropriately address the needs and rights of conflict-affected people, including local communities and refugees. We will critically examine how, why and with what effect local communities have responded to the mass influx of refugees from Syria, with particular attention to both hosts' and refugees' experiences of these local responses. We will disseminate policy-relevant findings and recommendations regularly with key international, national and local stakeholders in the Middle East, Geneva (where most major humanitarian agencies have their HQs) and the UK, and with local community members, local service providers and refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Building upon the demonstrated success of the research team's knowledge exchange activities, we aim to impact upon policy development and practice in the specific context of responses to the Syrian refugee crisis within the life of the project. The broader implications of the project's findings to other conflict-induced displacement scenarios will also be disseminated broadly during the project, aiming to influence policy and practice within 12-24 months of completion.

This will be facilitated through our existing contacts with an established network of practitioners, policy-makers and academics working in the field of humanitarianism who are committed to critically exploring local community experiences and responses to conflict-induced displacement; this network is constantly expanding, including through the conference the PI is convening on gender, faith and humanitarian responses to forced migration in May 2016 at UCL. As the PI, Co-I1 and Co-I2's work with the Joint Learning Initiative (JLI) on the roles of local faith communities illustrates, we have a proven track record of engaging in knowledge exchange activities with stakeholders across the global North and South. Indeed, the members of the JLI - which include UNHCR, OXFAM, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and Muslim Aid - will provide vital knowledge, advice and feedback throughout the project to ensure that our research is meaningful for academic and non- academic audiences, and that recommendations can be implemented accordingly. In effect, a significant range of key beneficiaries has been identified throughout the preparatory work for this project, and they are already committed to the success of the project.

A range of non-academic engagement activities and outputs will include literary translation workshops and literary readings to be convened in collaboration with PEN-International, PEN-England's University branches, and Stories in Transit, and the publication of translated creative writing in association with PEN-International, PEN-England and Stories in Transit in literary magazines such as Modern Poetry in Translation, Wasafiri and Lacuna. Podcasts, press releases, blog posts, contributions to online fora, and multimedia outputs including radio programmes will be published/distributed throughout the course of the project, providing accessible overviews of the research findings. As a whole, these activities and outputs will contribute to increasing public awareness and understanding of conflict and displacement issues, the politics of humanitarianism, debates regarding the role of local communities and civil society, and the importance of recognizing the agency of refugees and local communities affected by conflict.

The local researchers will develop their data collection, analysis and dissemination skills throughout the project. On-going training opportunities will enable them to develop their capability to undertake thorough and rigorous research in the region beyond the immediate life of this project. They will develop their publication profiles through co(authoring) articles based on their research, and will be encouraged to apply for grants for further research in the field.

Publications

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Fiddian-Qasmiyeh E (2019) The Changing Faces of UNRWA in Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

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Fiddian-Qasmiyeh E (2018) Inaugural Editorial in Migration and Society

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Fiddian-Qasmiyeh E (2020) Responding to Precarity: Beddawi Camp in the Era of Covid-19 in Journal of Palestine Studies

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Fiddian-Qasmiyeh E (2016) Refugee-Refugee Relations in Contexts of Overlapping Displacement in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

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Fiddian-Qasmiyeh E (2021) The right and role of critiquing the contemporary patchwork of protection in International Migration

 
Title "Her hands", Baddawi, Lebanon (c) e. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh - featured on the cover of Stonebridge (2020) "Writing and Righting (Oxford UP) 
Description Am image taken and produced by Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh has been used on the cover of Lyndsey Stonebridge's book "Writing and Righting", Oxford UP 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This image has hd impact, appearing on the cover of a major book about rights and literature in contexts of displacement. 
 
Title 'The Camp is Time' poem published 
Description Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh published and recorded a reading of his poem 'The Camp is Time' to the project website. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The post has been widely viewed and shared and has been downloaded multiple times from Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's personal site. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/01/15/the-camp-is-time/
 
Title 'The Jungle' published 
Description The Jungle is a piece written by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh - it draws on the themes investigated by the project, and has been published across the Refugee Hosts blog and in the Refugee History blog. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This poem has contributed to the growing community of conversation on our blog. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/03/13/the-jungle/
 
Title 'Writing the Camp' poem published 
Description Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh has published and recorded his poem 'Writing the Camp' to the project website. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The poem has been widely viewed and shared, and has been downloaded multiple times from Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's personal account. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2016/09/30/writing-the-camp/
 
Title A Sudden Utterance is the Stranger 
Description Our Writer in Residence published this piece on our blog. It explores the relationship between language, encounters and hospitality - all themes we have been exploring throughout the first stage of this research project. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact 249+ views on our blog as of 5 March 2018 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/04/25/a-sudden-utterance-is-the-stranger/
 
Title Contribution to Imperial War Museum's exhibition 'Refugees', 2020 
Description Digital artefacts from the Refugee Hosts project, including images, soundscapes and creative writing, featured in the Refugee exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, 2020-2021. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Our featured artefacts communicated the role local communities play in responding to displacement, and increased public awareness of the experiences of refugees in context of displacement. 
 
Title Flesh when Mutilated called God 
Description This is a further poetic reflection on the research process from writer in residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 100+ views on website. Engagement with our creative archive too. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/10/01/flesh-when-mutilated-called-god/
 
Title Image: clothes hanging in Jebel al-Baddawi, Lebanon (c) Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh - featured on the cover of Cox el al's Refugee Imaginaries (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) 
Description An image of clothes hanging in Jebel El-Baddawi, by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Featured on the cover of the book Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across the Humanities, edited by Emma Cox, Sam Durrant, David Farrier, Lyndsey Stonebridge, Agnes Woolley 
URL https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-refugee-imaginaries.html
 
Title In mourning the refugee, we mourn God's intention in the absolute 
Description This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's reflection on the research process, contributing to our project's creative archive and building on our project's conceptualisation of 'camps' and the 'archive' of the camp 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 100+ views on website 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/22/in-mourning-the-refugee-we-mourn-gods-intention-in-the-absolute/
 
Title It is a camp despite the name 
Description This poem continues a reflection on the research process and research findings from our writer in residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh. It deals with themes relating to knowledge, archiving the camp and the definition of a camp. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 100+ views and engagement with our creative archive 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/08/06/it-is-a-camp-despite-the-name/
 
Title Moving Objects Exhibition 
Description Moving Objects: Stories of Displacement draws on UCL-based projects working with Refugee Hosts, UCL Migration Research Unit (UCL Geography), Forced Displacement and Cultural Interventions, and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance in partnership with the Helen Bamber Foundation. Various Refugee Hosts outputs were included in the exhibition, including poems, creative writing, photographs and interview extracts, featured in a case exploring the theme 'Out of Place'. These outputs were set alongside objects and artefacts from the Petrie Palestinian museum collection in UCL. The exhibition runs until Oct 2019 during which time a series of satellite events will be conducted, as well as a comprehensive analysis of the exhibition's impact. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Impact forthcoming: evidence will be gathered over the course of the year. 
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/whats-on/moving-objects
 
Title My Mother's Heels 
Description This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's reflections on the project. This poem was also reproduced following its reception online in postcards distributed at project events and workshops. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 100+ views on the website. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/05/15/my-mothers-heels/
 
Title Necessarily, the Camp is the Border 
Description This is a further poem completed by our Writer in Residence reflecting on the process of completing research with Refugee Hosts - it explores linguistic, infrastructural and physical borders both in our research sites and more broadly. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 200+ views on the website 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/11/05/necessarily-the-camp-is-the-border/
 
Title Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's work featured in Exhibition in Brown 
Description Work featured by Lyndsey and Yousif, and which draws on the Refugee Hosts project, was featured as part of an exhibition convened at Brown University, USA, on the theme of 'Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine, 1900' (March 3-31) 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Lyndsey and Yousif were asked to attend a conference event around this exhibition but they were unable to attend. Nevertheless, the events organisers (academic audience) were introduced to the project, creating opportunities for collaboration. 
URL http://watson.brown.edu/mes/events/2017/exhibition-time-machine-stereoscopic-views-palestine-1900
 
Title Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying at 2017 Venice Biennale Tunisian Pavillion "The Absence of Paths" 
Description Exhibited a photo-exhibition of photos taken in our research field site Baddawi, as part of the 2017 Venice Biennale, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts' PI) and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence) were commissioned to co-author this photo-essay for the Tunisian Pavillion's exhibition space, The Absence of Paths. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Seen by hundreds of people. Contributed to the development of our 'spaces and places not faces' approach to refugee representation. Notable contribution to thinking interdisciplinary, engaging with historical, social science and artistic approaches. 
URL http://www.theabsenceofpaths.com/commission/at-the-core-of-the-badawwi-camp
 
Title Refugees are Dialectical Beings Part One: Writing the Camp-Archive and Part Two: Refugees are Dialectical Beings 
Description Our Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh wrote a poem as part of our representations series. This responded to some of our ongoing research-related discussions, in particular questions around representations, voice, refugee-archives and narrative in refugee-related research. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact 500+ views on the website as of 5 March 2018. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/09/01/refugees-are-dialectical-beings-part-one/
 
Title Soundscape of Hamra, Lebanon 
Description Prof Alastair Ager recorded and wrote a response to a soundscape taken in one of our field sites in Beirut. This reflected on the role of the soundscape in social science research, and noted some preliminary observations that would inform our research in the field. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Contributed to our methodology and discussion around the role of soundscapes and audial methods in social science/interdisciplinary research. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/09/25/sounds-from-hamra-lebanon/
 
Title Soundscape of Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey 
Description Mr Aydan Greatrick recorded and wrote a response to a soundscape of Istiklal Street in Turkey. This focused on how sound can capture social relations/tensions and hierarchies of worth among/between refugee and migrant communities. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Contributed to our project's ongoing conversation around the the role(s) of soundscapes and audial methods in social science/interdisciplinary research methods. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/03/02/sounds-from-istiklal-turkey/
 
Title Soundscapes of Baddawi Refugee Camp, North Lebanon 
Description Dr Fiddian-Qasmiyeh recorded a series of soundscapes of Baddawi refugee camp, one of our field sites. This complimented mapping of the research site, and was also used as an output on our blog, to give an audial impression of the space. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Contributed to our project's ongoing conversation around the role(s) of soundscapes in social science/interdisciplinary research. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/readings-and-soundscapes/
 
Title The Camp is the Reject of the Reject Par Excellence 
Description Writer in Residence published a further poem on our blog that reflected on the camp as a space of refuge, memory and language. This poem helped to creatively capture our project's ongoing theoretical and methodological questions surrounding the implementation of our research. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 71 views on the blog as of March 5 2018 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/01/04/the-camp-is-the-reject-of-the-reject-par-excellence/
 
Title The Hands are Hers 
Description This poem continues a reflection on the research process by our Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 100+ views on website 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/26/the-hands-are-hers/
 
Title The Multiple Faces of Representation 
Description A creative piece reflecting on representations of displacement. Writer by our Writer in Residence in collaboration with a colleague Odile Amman, from the University of Oxford. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Resulted in 285 views on the website as of 5 March 2018 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/09/15/the-multiple-faces-of-representation/
 
Title The Throne 
Description The Throne poem, by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh. This poem reflects on photographs taken during the last field trip to Baddawi refugee camp 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact 100+ views on blog. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/02/20/the-throne/
 
Title The Wall 
Description This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's reflection on the research project. This poem went on to be included in the UCL Moving Objects exhibition and has been read more widely as a result. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 100+ website views. Featured in Moving Objects exhibition, UCL 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/05/22/the-wall/
 
Title There will always be a vendor before and after the picture 
Description This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's poetic reflections on the Refugee Hosts project. This poem was reproduced following its online reception via postcards distributed at events organised by the project. The poem was also selected to be included in the Moving Objects exhibition at UCL. The poem aims to articulate everyday lives in displacement, and the relationship between memory, sound and place. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Included in a UCL exhibition. 100+ views on website. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/05/08/there-will-always-be-a-vendor-before-and-after-the-picture/
 
Title Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine 1900 
Description In March 2017, the Middle East Studies department at Brown University, Rhode Island, hosted the Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine, 1900 exhibition. Drawing on 100 images taken in 1900 of Palestine and the surrounding 'Holy Land', the collection - curated by Ariella Azoulay and Issam Nassar - raises a set of fascinating questions about photography, memory and history and how these feature in and inform not only our understanding of the experiences of those displaced in the past, but also our responses to and experiences of displacement in the present. Refugee Host's Co-I Lyndsey Stonebridge and our Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh were invited to contribute to the project. Together, they responded to stereoscopic photograph number 26, reflecting in turn on the themes and working through some of the approaches that came out of our preliminary research discussions. This collaboration was also important in refining Lyndsey and Yousif's approach to the creative writing workshops taking place in Lebanon and Jordan in 2018. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This collaboration was important in refining Lyndsey and Yousif's approach to the creative writing workshops taking place in Lebanon and Jordan in 2018. There was also good engagement with this piece both online and during the event. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/03/23/time-machine-stereoscopic-views-from-palestine-1900/
 
Title To the Plants is Her Face 
Description This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's poetic reflections on and with the research project. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 100+ website views. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/05/to-the-plants-is-her-face/
 
Title Yousif M. Qasmiyeh Poetry has been projected as part of Jenny Holzer's light display in Blenheim, Oxford 
Description The poetry of Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh was feature in an exhibition by American artist Jenny Holzer. Yousif's work, some of which was produced through the Refugee Hosts project, was projected across the facade of Blenheim Palace as part of a 12 night exhibition titled 'On War'. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This exhibition, which aims to highlight the overlapping experiences of conflict across time and different countries, marks a continuation of Holzer's engagement with Yousif's work in 2017. Earlier this year, Yousif's poem 'If this is my face, so be it' (published in Modern Poetry in Translation in 2016) was projected across the Bispetorv building in Aarhus, Denmark as part of Holzer's installation for the 2017 Capital of Culture, and also - since May - as part of Holzer's new major exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a demonstration of significant artistic impact and collaboration between the writer in residence and a major artist. 
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/09/12/yousif-m-qasmiyehs-poetry-to-be-exhibited-at-jenny-holzers-on-wa...
 
Description To date, the project has produced the following number of outputs; fourteen articles/chapters, six books, five policy reports, one special issue, one published poetry collection, the publication of dozens of poems and photographs, and the curation of and contribution to two exhibitions.

This project has also developed findings that strongly enhance our understanding of the roles that local displacement-affected communities play in contexts of displacement. With particular relevance to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, the following key findings have been identified, with further analysis ongoing:

Refugee-led responses: In Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, refugee communities have been identified as not only recipients of support but also as key providers of humanitarian and other material, spiritual and emotional forms of assistance. This finding makes a critical contribution to our understanding of the roles that refugees themselves play in displacement contexts. This finding is of critical importance for those working in humanitarian and development policy and practice, demonstrating the vital role of refugee-led responses, and how they can be better engaged with by different humanitarian and development-based interventions.

Refugee-Host dynamics: In Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, many refugees who participated in the project have drawn on their own experience of having hosted refugees in the past (i.e., Syrians hosting refugees from Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Iraq before being displaced themselves). Similarly, host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are often also made up of communities who have been and/or are refugees themselves (i.e., Palestinians living in Lebanon, and hosting Syrians in their locality). These experiences play an important role in shaping both local community motivations to host refugees, as well as different groups of refugees' expectations relating to support. These findings are significant for policy makers and practitioners working with displacement-affected communities and help increase our understanding of the historical experiences that inform responses to displacement in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. They also shed a light on refugee-host dynamics: rather than presenting refugee-host relations as a binary of 'aid recipient' versus 'citizen provider of assistance', the findings demonstrate that in the context of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the lines between refugee and host are frequently blurred. Host communities may themselves be composed of individuals who have a personal or familial history of being displaced themselves, and simultaneously, refugees are seen to provide material assistance to 'established' hosts experiencing poverty. Improving our understanding of these dynamics will help to prevent potential exclusions in humanitarian support and assistance, focusing on the shared needs that displacement-affected communities experience rather than treating 'refugees' and 'hosts' as clearly distinguishable for the purposes of humanitarian support and assistance.

Overlapping displacements: Similar to the findings relating to refugee-host dynamics, the project has documented and analysed the significant role that overlapping displacements play in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Local communities responding to displacement in all three countries are also responding to long-standing and historic processes of displacement and exile, arising both from internal displacement, but also of the international displacement of Palestinians, Kurds, Iraqis and Syrians. The overlapping nature of these displacements is often overlooked in formal humanitarian responses, preventing a more joined-up and sustainable response. For example, formal humanitarian assistance for Syrians may exclude other displaced communities, despite them sharing space in camps and urban areas. By contrast, local community responses can be less exclusionary, providing case studies and examples that shed a light on both the unintended consequences of humanitarian intervention, and the complex interactions that take place locally between diverse communities of displaced people.

Faith and displacement: Faith emerged throughout the research process as a significant motivating factor in responses to displacement and refugees, and a key source of assistance and strength for those experiencing displacement. These findings challenge prevailing understandings of faith as a potentially problematic and dividing factor in humanitarian contexts, instead highlighting the many positive roles that faith, faith-based organisations and local faith communities play in displacement affected contexts. Key recommendations for policy and practice have been identified and will be shared in a forthcoming Religious Literacy Handbook, as well as with practitioners and policy makers in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey at forthcoming policy roundtables.

Crises: The research has also documented and analysed how local displacement-affected communities have responded to various crises that have arisen over the course of the research, including political and economic crises in Lebanon and Turkey, and the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. These findings illustrate how local communities seek to adapt to prevailing and newly arising challenges simultaneously, what resources they draw on or make available (material, spiritual, etc.) to enhance their own welfare and the wellbeing of others, and the further additional challenges such crises present in contexts of overlapping displacement.
Exploitation Route The findings of this project are already being taken forward in a range of fields of academic research. The conceptual insights relating to refugee-host dynamics, overlapping displacement and faith-based responses to refugees have already been taken up by researchers in the field of refugee studies, development studies, health and migration studies. Likewise, the methodological and epistemological underpinnings of the project have been, and will continue to be, put to use by scholars working on related themes and situations.

Policy-relevant findings, including those related to the roles of refugees and local communities as providers of assistance in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, have already been taken up by practitioners and policy makers, informing training documents, being included in 'good practice' guidelines, and enhancing the understanding of different actors. The project seeks to build on this through the sharing of concrete policy documents at forthcoming policy roundtables in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey which can act as toolkits for those working in those countries.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

URL http://www.refugeehosts.org
 
Description Our findings have been used to inform public understanding of local community responses to displacement. This has had a variety of societal benefits, enhancing diverse audiences' understanding of and engagement with situations of displacement in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. We have done this through a variety of forums, including the project website and blog, direct engagement with international and local media (BBC, Channel 4, The Conversation, The Guardian, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3 and others) and involvement in the curation of two exhibitions (including the Imperial War Museum's Spring 2020 'Refugee' Season and a UCL-Based 'Moving Objects' exhibition in 2019). The project website has facilitated a global community of conversation, with the project blog engaging over 68 contributors through thematic conversations arising from our project findings. In total, the blog has amassed over 160,000 views, with by audiences in 180 countries, demonstrating that our findings have been used as reference resources for a global community of scholars and practitioners. We have also held and/or participated in a large number of in-person and online events and workshops where our findings have been used to inform public understanding. These include our two-day project conference held at UCL, which was attended by over 300 visitors in person, had over 2,000 views of the Arabic live-stream, and a further 1,430 views of the post-event YouTube videos. The outcome of this was a reported change in understanding by attendees, and new plans for action and practice by representatives of humanitarian and development practitioners who attended and contributed to the event. Our findings have also been used to inform policy and practice. This has had a variety of social impacts, informing professional training programmes for humanitarian practitioners working with refugees and local communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. For example, our findings have been used and engaged with through knowledge exchange workshops with regionally-based humanitarian practitioners and local-level organisations in Beirut (Lebanon) in 2017 (20 participants) and 2019 (20 participants) and in Yale USA in 2019 (15 participants); high-level policy dialogues with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva (Switzerland) in 2017 (over 200 participants) and 2018 (over 100 participants); showcasing of research to UK MPs at the UK House of Commons in 2019 (over 100 participants); the inclusion of 'good practice examples' on the UNHCR best practice database in 2019; a major academic-practitioner conference in London in 2019 (+150 participants and over xx00 online views), a major practitioner webinar hosted by the British Council in 2020 (over 100 participants); the incorporation of case-studies in the DCA Learning Lab training materials for NGO practitioners. The PI's conceptualisation of refugee vulnerabilities was cited as a model that UNHCR should follow when engaging with local communities following a policy dialogue in 2017. Likewise, the project secured additional funding from the UCL Knowledge Exchange Fund to carry out a workshop with local practitioners in Beirut in 2017 who were supporting communities in Lebanon and Jordan. This collaborative workshop resulted in a multi-lingual report on local community responses to refugees, raising awareness of the issues facing practitioners in DAC countries and identifying policy recommendations to better support them and the communities they work with. Our findings have also been used to support further research and policy engagement in five DAC countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Mexico, Malaysia and Cameroon, as well as in Greece. For example, the project secured additional funding as part of the British Council USA's 'Bridging Voices' programme which enabled the Refugee Hosts project to collaborate with colleagues at Yale University on a project titled "Religion and Social Justice for Refugees". We convened a two-day workshop in New Haven, Connecticut, USA in May 2019 which was attended by INGO representatives, as well as members of local community organisations from Mexico and our project partners. Following this, our project led the writing of a major report for the British Council based on the workshop and ongoing research discussions, which was published in March 2020. This was then developed into a shorter policy brief, which was presented at a webinar attended by practitioners and policy makers working in all six countries covered by the research in May 2020. Our findings have also informed NGO training modules for practitioners working with faith-based communities in DAC countries. In collaboration with our project partner, the Joint Learning Initiative for Faith and Local Communities, our findings directly addressed gaps in practitioner knowledge, and the trainings were positively received in evaluations, with participants reporting a change in views. Across these selected public and policy-related engagement activities, the project has been able to develop significant short-term societal impact, improving people's understanding about the roles local communities play in contexts affected by displacement. Through targeted public and policy engagement, this project has been able to inform the training of practitioners, collaborate with locally based organisations and influence UNHCR policy. We are continuing to carry out policy and public engagement and will be planning a series of policy workshops and other digital activities to generate further societal impact in the medium to long term. The project has also had the following economic impact: Regional research capacity has been strengthened through the participation of local researchers in the project conference, attendance at the Houses of Parliament, in-country workshops in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, as well as engagement with local research centres in knowledge production workshops and activities. Regional research capacity has been strengthened through training 8 local researchers from established host communities or newly arrived refugee communities, supervision of their primary research in the field, co-facilitating workshops, and opportunities to author or co-author blogs and articles; the livelihoods of local refugees from Syria have also been supported through recruitment as researchers and translators in DAC countries. Ultimately, the project has had short term impact in addressing SDG Goal 10 and GCRF Challenge Area (c). We have addressed inequality (economic, legal and social) through our research findings, which have led to social impact through changing attitudes and informing professional humanitarian, development and community practice. Material opportunities and increasing research capacity through direct local researcher involvement in the project has also addressed inequalities between DAC countries and those in the Global North.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Alastair Ager Appointed as Senior Advisor to the Department of International Development (DFID)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Alastair Ager an invited consultant to the Ford Foundation's Religion and Inequality consultation (9 February 2017, New York)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description GCRF Advisory Committee Membership for PI Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh appointed to new DFID Research Advisory Group 'Expert College'
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Refugee Hosts' research and on-line materials have been included in a new e-course: 'Faith-sensitive Humanitarian Response: Mental Health & Psychosocial Support', which was launched on the 3rd of June 2020 by the Joint Learning Initiative, ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief Worldwide and DCA Learning Lab
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://jliflc.com/2020/05/e-course-on-faith-sensitive-humanitarian-response-mental-health-psychosoc...
 
Description UNHCR High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, 12 December, United Nations, Geneva
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Refugee Hosts PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh has encouraged UNHCR and other actors to recognise and address the structures that create heightened vulnerability and inequality in contexts of conflict, displacement, and refugee hosting. In her recent address to the UNHCR High Commissioner's Dialogue in Geneva, Elena called on the Global Compact on Refugees to take this opportunity to tackle the intersecting structural causes of inequality and vulnerability: "People are at risk, or at heightened risk, they are not 'vulnerable' per serefugee women, children and men are vulnerable TO violence, vulnerable TO inequalitywe need to challenge the structures which create heightened risk and vulnerability to persecution, and the terminology used in the Global Compact on Refugees must reflect this." (Pg. 19, UNHCR Gender Audit Report) In particular, the recently published UNHCR Gender Audit Report that followed the High Commissioner's Dialogue recognised Elena's emphasis that strengthening institutional capacity and gender sensitivity in humanitarian responses to refugees requires an intersectional approach, "which recognizes how the dimensions of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability influence displacement experiences" (pg.15).
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/05/22/recognising-structures-of-vulnerability-in-the-global-compact-on...
 
Description UNHCR-NGO Consultations in Geneva, 28-29 June
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/28/unhcr-ngo-consultations-in-geneva-28-29-june/
 
Description USIP-UNDP Consultation on Religious Engagement for Mental Health and Peace Building in Settings of Displacement
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
 
Description 'Moving Objects: Heritage in/and Exile'
Amount £2,060 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Bridging Voices
Amount $38,400 (USD)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 06/2020
 
Description Creative Global Health in Changing Times: Assessing the role of cultural and art based approaches to socially-engaged and community based public health research.
Amount £76,189 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2021
 
Description Grand Challenge in Justice and Equality: Children on the move: Unsettling narratives of care, childhood, and migration "crisis"
Amount £7,450 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 10/2020
 
Description Imagining Futures through Un/Archived Pasts
Amount £1,889,743 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/T008199/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2024
 
Description Imagining Futures through Un/Archived Pasts - Development Proposal
Amount £53,641 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/T005556/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 06/2020
 
Description Religion, Refugees, and Forced Migration: Making Research-informed Impact in Global Policy Processes
Amount $50,000 (USD)
Organisation Henry Luce Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 08/2018 
End 10/2020
 
Description UCL Knowledge Exchange Fund: 'Challenges and Opportunities of Local Faith Community Responses to Displacement'
Amount £14,881 (GBP)
Funding ID 540870 
Organisation University College London 
Department Innovation and Enterprise
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description UNHCR - JLI Collaboration Good Practices Case Studies
Amount $72,737 (USD)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2018 
End 11/2018
 
Description Advisory Board 
Organisation Christian Aid
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our team have invited these organisations to our project launch, followed up with key personnel and established a project Advisory Board through which advice on the development on the research project will be sought. The contributions that have been made since have included regular sharing of knowledge and insights from the project with members of the advisory board, and inviting representatives from the advisory board to regularly attend workshops and events, and to cover costs to facilitate attendance where possible. Members of the advisory board also attended and presented at our project conference, offering them opportunities to network and exchange knowledge. Advisory board members were also invited to participate in further projects supported through further funding and to which the project was affiliated (i.e., British Council funded Bridging Voices project). This helped to strengthen the partnership and to provide further opportunities to project partners to engage with policy makers, practitioners and academic research networks in the USA and UK, as well as the DAC countries covered by this project (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey).
Collaborator Contribution Our partners attended our project launch meeting and offered feedback on the development of the research project. Our partners have since joined the Advisory Board and offered guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. The project partners also contributed by sharing insights on situations on the ground, offering advice and suggestions to help us with field research. Individuals from partner organisation Save the Children and JLI also contributed pieces to our blog. Members of the advisory board also attended and contributed to our project conference, particularly at a workshop on local faith community responses to displacement, which has informed the development of the religious literacy handbook, a key project output which will be shared with practitioners this year.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools. Advice received relating to travel and security. Sharing of feedback leading to the publication of x2 policy-focussed reports. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, covering the fields of the humanities, health, development, humanitarianism and education.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Advisory Board 
Organisation English PEN
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our team have invited these organisations to our project launch, followed up with key personnel and established a project Advisory Board through which advice on the development on the research project will be sought. The contributions that have been made since have included regular sharing of knowledge and insights from the project with members of the advisory board, and inviting representatives from the advisory board to regularly attend workshops and events, and to cover costs to facilitate attendance where possible. Members of the advisory board also attended and presented at our project conference, offering them opportunities to network and exchange knowledge. Advisory board members were also invited to participate in further projects supported through further funding and to which the project was affiliated (i.e., British Council funded Bridging Voices project). This helped to strengthen the partnership and to provide further opportunities to project partners to engage with policy makers, practitioners and academic research networks in the USA and UK, as well as the DAC countries covered by this project (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey).
Collaborator Contribution Our partners attended our project launch meeting and offered feedback on the development of the research project. Our partners have since joined the Advisory Board and offered guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. The project partners also contributed by sharing insights on situations on the ground, offering advice and suggestions to help us with field research. Individuals from partner organisation Save the Children and JLI also contributed pieces to our blog. Members of the advisory board also attended and contributed to our project conference, particularly at a workshop on local faith community responses to displacement, which has informed the development of the religious literacy handbook, a key project output which will be shared with practitioners this year.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools. Advice received relating to travel and security. Sharing of feedback leading to the publication of x2 policy-focussed reports. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, covering the fields of the humanities, health, development, humanitarianism and education.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Advisory Board 
Organisation Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Our team have invited these organisations to our project launch, followed up with key personnel and established a project Advisory Board through which advice on the development on the research project will be sought. The contributions that have been made since have included regular sharing of knowledge and insights from the project with members of the advisory board, and inviting representatives from the advisory board to regularly attend workshops and events, and to cover costs to facilitate attendance where possible. Members of the advisory board also attended and presented at our project conference, offering them opportunities to network and exchange knowledge. Advisory board members were also invited to participate in further projects supported through further funding and to which the project was affiliated (i.e., British Council funded Bridging Voices project). This helped to strengthen the partnership and to provide further opportunities to project partners to engage with policy makers, practitioners and academic research networks in the USA and UK, as well as the DAC countries covered by this project (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey).
Collaborator Contribution Our partners attended our project launch meeting and offered feedback on the development of the research project. Our partners have since joined the Advisory Board and offered guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. The project partners also contributed by sharing insights on situations on the ground, offering advice and suggestions to help us with field research. Individuals from partner organisation Save the Children and JLI also contributed pieces to our blog. Members of the advisory board also attended and contributed to our project conference, particularly at a workshop on local faith community responses to displacement, which has informed the development of the religious literacy handbook, a key project output which will be shared with practitioners this year.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools. Advice received relating to travel and security. Sharing of feedback leading to the publication of x2 policy-focussed reports. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, covering the fields of the humanities, health, development, humanitarianism and education.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Advisory Board 
Organisation PEN International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our team have invited these organisations to our project launch, followed up with key personnel and established a project Advisory Board through which advice on the development on the research project will be sought. The contributions that have been made since have included regular sharing of knowledge and insights from the project with members of the advisory board, and inviting representatives from the advisory board to regularly attend workshops and events, and to cover costs to facilitate attendance where possible. Members of the advisory board also attended and presented at our project conference, offering them opportunities to network and exchange knowledge. Advisory board members were also invited to participate in further projects supported through further funding and to which the project was affiliated (i.e., British Council funded Bridging Voices project). This helped to strengthen the partnership and to provide further opportunities to project partners to engage with policy makers, practitioners and academic research networks in the USA and UK, as well as the DAC countries covered by this project (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey).
Collaborator Contribution Our partners attended our project launch meeting and offered feedback on the development of the research project. Our partners have since joined the Advisory Board and offered guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. The project partners also contributed by sharing insights on situations on the ground, offering advice and suggestions to help us with field research. Individuals from partner organisation Save the Children and JLI also contributed pieces to our blog. Members of the advisory board also attended and contributed to our project conference, particularly at a workshop on local faith community responses to displacement, which has informed the development of the religious literacy handbook, a key project output which will be shared with practitioners this year.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools. Advice received relating to travel and security. Sharing of feedback leading to the publication of x2 policy-focussed reports. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, covering the fields of the humanities, health, development, humanitarianism and education.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Advisory Board 
Organisation Save the Children
Department Humanitarian Affairs Team
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our team have invited these organisations to our project launch, followed up with key personnel and established a project Advisory Board through which advice on the development on the research project will be sought. The contributions that have been made since have included regular sharing of knowledge and insights from the project with members of the advisory board, and inviting representatives from the advisory board to regularly attend workshops and events, and to cover costs to facilitate attendance where possible. Members of the advisory board also attended and presented at our project conference, offering them opportunities to network and exchange knowledge. Advisory board members were also invited to participate in further projects supported through further funding and to which the project was affiliated (i.e., British Council funded Bridging Voices project). This helped to strengthen the partnership and to provide further opportunities to project partners to engage with policy makers, practitioners and academic research networks in the USA and UK, as well as the DAC countries covered by this project (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey).
Collaborator Contribution Our partners attended our project launch meeting and offered feedback on the development of the research project. Our partners have since joined the Advisory Board and offered guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. The project partners also contributed by sharing insights on situations on the ground, offering advice and suggestions to help us with field research. Individuals from partner organisation Save the Children and JLI also contributed pieces to our blog. Members of the advisory board also attended and contributed to our project conference, particularly at a workshop on local faith community responses to displacement, which has informed the development of the religious literacy handbook, a key project output which will be shared with practitioners this year.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools. Advice received relating to travel and security. Sharing of feedback leading to the publication of x2 policy-focussed reports. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, covering the fields of the humanities, health, development, humanitarianism and education.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with University St. Joseph, Beirut 
Organisation Saint Joseph University
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project has exchanged knowledge with research colleagues at the University St. Joseph, Beirut, relating to local community responses to displacement, and enabled networking between research colleagues at the centre with practitioners and policy makers in our own network, including members of our project Advisory Board. Our research team also organised x2 workshops with locally based researchers, internationally based academics and practitioners which were held on USJ premises, fostering collaborative research environments in the DAC country Lebanon. The collaboration has continued through Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh's ongoing contributions to USJ Masters courses on refugees and displacement, in which she shares insights from the Refugee Hosts research project with graduate students.
Collaborator Contribution USJ made available room space and facilities to run knowledge exchange and analysis workshops conducted between 2017-2019. Research colleagues also made available office space for the PI Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, and supported with research related queries throughout the course of field work.
Impact The collaboration made possible two knowledge exchange workshops in Lebanon. The collaboration enabled local research capacities to be strengthened and supported in Lebanon, engaging researchers and research centres at USJ to engage with academics in the UK and to exchange knowledge with diverse sets of practitioners and academics through their involvement in workshops organised as part of the project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description 'South-South Humanitarian Responses to Displacement: Views from the Middle East,' Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was the Invited Distinguished Keynote for the Refugee Law Initiative Annual Conference, June 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was the invited keynote at this conference where she reflected on the emerging research findings from the Refugee Hosts project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Modern Language Association 2018 Convention, 4-7 January 2018, New York, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge was invited to speak at this conference on the theme of Refugee Memory. For this, Prof. Stonebridge wrote the piece Memory as Host: Poetry and History in the Baddawi Refugee Camp", which reflected on Refugee Hosts research in Lebanon, as well as the poems and creative pieces of our Writer in Residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Challenges and Opportunities of Migration and Integration,' Invited contribution to dinner discussion with the German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the German Ambassador to the UK, Germany Embassy, London (Sep. 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Elena was invited to speak at a dinner discussion with the German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the German Ambassador to the UK, Germany Embassy, London, in September 2019. Here, she talked about the 'Challenges and Opportunities of Migration and Integration,' drawing in particular on the insights of the Refugee Hosts project, and what policy relevant recommendations arose re: local level responses to displacement in DAC countries, and for states responding to displacement from DAC countries in Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Creative Approaches: Refugee Hosts,' Plenary Presentation at the 'Welcoming acts for hostile times' workshop, QMUL, 30 April 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presented on the creative approaches deployed by the Refugee Hosts project through the data collection phase and into the ongoing dissemination phase during this workshop at QMUL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Heritage Research and the SDGs,' Invited Consultation with UK Government Departments, including Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Sep. 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Elena was invited to present on heritage research and the SDGs as part of consultation initiated by UK Government Departments, including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, in Sep. 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description 'Literature in the Endtimes (?) of Human Rights', Maynooth University, October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Co-I Lyndsey Stonebridge gave a talk drawing on the findings of the Refugee Hosts project at Maynooth University. Research audiences were largely engaged with this online webinar. This sparked questions and engagement with Lyndsey about the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFxs-w7D92g
 
Description 'Local Humanitarian Leadership: The role of local faith actors in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees,' co-PI and co-convenor (American University of Beirut, 1-day Policy Engagement Workshop, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elena convened a knowledge exchange workshop at the American University of Beirut on 'Local Humanitarian Leadership: The role of local faith actors in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees,' in 2019. This sought to exchange knowledge with local practitioners, academics and policy makers, about the role of local faith communities. Elena's contribution drew on the project findings, and created opportunities for engagement and participation on the part of local research institutions in DAC country Lebanon. This increased local research capacity and collaboration between UK-based and Lebanese-based researchers working on displacement and local community roles in humanitarian contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Placeless People', Oxford Think Festival, Blackwells, 18 November 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Stonebridge presented work from the Refugee Hosts writing workshops at the 'Placeless People', Oxford Think Festival, Blackwells, 18 November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Placeless Poets', School of Disobedience, Volksbühne, Berlin, 15 October 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lyndsey Stonebridge presented at the 'Placeless Poets' event, School of Disobedience, Volksbühne, Berlin, 15 October 2018. Here she met colleagues who would go on to work with the project through the conference in 2019. The event enabled a stimulating exchange of ideas and mutual learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'REFUGEES ASK REFUGEES: THE POETICS OF DISPLACEMENT' talk at Bard College, Berlin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On the 16th of March 2020, Refugee Hosts' Co-I Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge offered a guest talk at Bard College, Berlin, titled 'Refugees ask Refugees: The Poetics of Displacement'. The talk drew on creative materials produced in writing workshops in Jordan and Lebanon. The aim of the talk was to highlight the important role literature and writing plays in contexts of displacement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/03/06/refugees-ask-refugees-the-poetics-of-displacement-prof-lyndsey-s...
 
Description 'Race, Borders and Digital Technologies,' Invited Consultation with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (Sep. 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Elena was invited to present on 'race, borders and digital technologies' as part of a consultation with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, in Sep. 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description 'Refugee-led Responses to Overlapping Precarity: Views from Northern Lebanon.' Invited presentation at Yale University's Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian ResponsesSeminar,March 16 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh has been invited to speak at the Yale University's program on refugees, forced displacement and humanitarian responses on March 16th. The event falls outside the official reporting period for research fish so no exact details of impact is yet evident.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description 'Shifting the Gaze: Beyond Inclusion and social cohesion, towards refugee-refugee relationality,' Keynote at the 'Exploring the Dimensions of Refugee Inclusion' conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presented Refugee Hosts research findings at an international conference at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'South-South Humanitarian Responses to Displacement from Syria,' Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh the Invited Plenary Lecture at the Transregional Studies Lecture Series: Emerging Regional Powers and South-South Interventions, the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany. November 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is the invited plenary lecturer at the Transregional Studies Lecture Series: Emerging Regional Powers and South-South Interventions, the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany. November 2018. This talk drew on findings from the Refugee Hosts project relating to local community responses to displacement and the roles they play supporting those affected by displacement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'South-South cooperation in refugee response,' Invited Consultation with World Food Programme-Turkey (July 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elena was invited to contribute to a consultation with the World Food Programme in Turkey, in July 2020. She gave a presentation on 'South-South cooperation in refugee response' to practitioners working at WFP in Turkey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description 'The Ethics and Politics of Representations,' Invited presentation at the Power and the Politics in/of Ethnographic Research Seminar Series, UCL, March 16 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was invited to speak at the workshop organised by UCL Ethnographic Research Seminar, which will take place after the date of this reporting submission
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seminar-4-of-paper-power-and-politics-ofin-ethnographic-research-tick...
 
Description 'Words of Fire: Creative Citizenship and the Right to Have Rights', Creative Interruptions, BFI, Southbank Centre, July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge was the invited keynote at the BFI Southbank Words of Fire conference. This was attended by several hundred people with the presentation available to watch online on YouTube. Requests were made for further information following the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=3ySuzeRReeM
 
Description About a War Screening and Discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts organised a film screening of "About a War", which documents the findings of the Following the Wires AHRC research project. The film was followed by an in-depth panel discussion with the film producers and explored findings from our own research project, as well as reflections on the wider role of arts and heritage, photography and poetry in research into displacement. Members of the audience noted that it was an interesting event that challenged their perceptions about the Lebanese civil war. One member of the audience got in touch following the screening to discuss ways of getting involved with the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/01/10/about-a-war-film-screening-and-panel-discussion/
 
Description Arabic Poetry in Action: A Bilingual Event: SOAS, 27 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh spoke at this event about Refugee Hosts engagement with poetry and creative writing. Yousif's recent pieces for Refugee Hosts were also shared with the audience as an example of our project's ongoing creative outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Art and Reconciliation Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh spoke at the Arts and Reconciliation Symposium, organised by AHRC funded Art and Reconciliation project. Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh drew on the Refugee Hosts research project's creative research methods and the findings of the creative writing workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.kcl.ac.uk/events/event-story?id=08f012ca-65cf-4357-9e2c-5c9dad82e33a
 
Description Attendance at GCRF Mobilising Global Voices Workshop and Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts local researchers Rahmeh Abu Shweimeh and Sura Al Mahasis took part in the GCRF "Mobilising Global Voices" workshop, conference and training at the UK Parliament, 28th Feb-1st March 2019. This provided an excellent opportunity for Rahmeh and Sura to acquire new skills in engaging policy makers both in the UK and in Jordan, and to present research findings from the project. They also received mentoring and support from the project PI, who presented alongside Sura and Rahmeh during the conference. Rahmeh and Sura both reported changes in their own views and knowledge about engaging with parliaments and aim to build on this both in their own careers and via their continuing work with the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Being Human Festival, 17-25 November 2017, University of East Anglia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge was involved in several events convened by the Being Human Festival of the Humanities. Lyndsey presented at the opening of the festival, and also read from some of the poems written by the Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cambridge Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, participated in the 'Migrant Knowledge: Early Modern and Beyond' event at the University of Cambridge next week.

This three-day public event brought together academics, artists, and activists to 'explore alternative ways of thinking and knowing about migration - of people, things, and ideas - rooted in the urgency of contemporary experience'.

As part of the event, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh offered readings of his poetry, drawing, amongst others, on the poems he has been writing as part of the Refugee Hosts project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/09/09/refugee-hosts-writer-in-residence-yousif-m-qasmiyeh-at-the-cambr...
 
Description Channel 4 News report on poverty and Covid-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts PI Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh appeared on Channel 4 News to highlight how Covid-19 is impacting people living in poverty around the world. In particular, Elena shared insights from Lebanon and how refugee and host communities involved in the research were adapting to the context of Covid. The interview offered an important opportunity to highlight the project key findings about the roles refugee communities play as providers of support in Lebanon and Jordan, as well as other DAC countries.

The interview was watched by thousands of people as part of a report on Covid-19 and poverty. Following the interview, requests for more information were made and the C4 news report was shared as part of the project's digital engagement efforts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/QorckhwMLR0
 
Description Cited in national newspaper report - "In the West Bank, American funding cuts run deep", Irish Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was quoted in the Irish Times article, "In the West Bank, American funding cuts run deep", where she drew on the research project's finding relating to the roles of local communities in context of displacement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Co-I Anna Rowlands contributes to Radio 4 programme on immigration and religion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Anna discusses, as part of the programme's focus on displacement in and from the Middle East, her field trip to Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon, a key research site for the Refugee Hosts' project, where Palestinian refugees living in protracted displacement are hosting Syrian refugees in over crowded conditions for several years. Anna argues that the loss of life witnessed in the Mediterranean must be understood in a context of increasing securitisation of and hostility towards refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, and in an EU environment that is less than hospitable, and often hostile, to forced migrants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/02/01/listen-refugee-hosts-co-i-dr-anna-rowlands-on-bbc-radio-4-immigr...
 
Description Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda: Series Introduction 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh introduced our project's blog series exploring the localisation of aid agenda. This captured our project's ongoing discussions relating to local-level humanitarian responses, and their relevance vis-a-vis major policy discussions taking place internationally. This series introduction also invited contributions to the series, which resulted in a number of practitioners, academics and other audiences asking for further information/submitting pieces to be included in our 'community of conversation'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/blog/contextualising-the-localisation-of-aid-agenda/
 
Description Contribution to Overseas Development Institute Twitter chat on Refugee Livelihoods 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Refugee Hosts twitter account contributed to a live panel debate and Q+A relating to the challenges facing displaced peoples around the world. Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh responded to 8 questions by drawing on preliminary findings from the Refugee Hosts project. The debate was engaged with by over 25,000 people. A full write up of the talk was published on our blog and engaged by a further 100 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/06/27/refugee-livelihoods-refugee-hosts-in-conversation-with-odis-huma...
 
Description Contribution to Podcast: "The Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis Podcast" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh was interviewed for the "Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis" podcast. Here he discussed several of the poems he developed in response to the Refugee Hosts research, as well as the value and contribution of poetry to engaging with questions of conflict, a key focus of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/06/19/listen-yousif-m-qasmiyeh-on-the-staying-alive-poetry-and-crisis-...
 
Description Contribution to SOAS Development in Crisis Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh spoke about the project at the 25th Celebration Lecture of the SOAS Development Studies unit. During this talk she drew on the innovative responses that are taking place within/among local communities to the needs of displaced peoples, contrasting this in turn with the relative limits of the international resonse.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.soas.ac.uk/development/events/devstudseminars/14mar2017-development-in-crisis-states-con...
 
Description Contribution to Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presented findings and shared reflections from the Refugee Hosts project at the Refugee Spaces: Hosting and Encounter, Ancient and Modern symposium in UCL, 29 January 2019. The event initiated interdisciplinary conversations between researchers investigating displacement and led to further interest in the project from the audience/participants involved in the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/events/2019/jan/refugee-spaces-hosting-and-encou...
 
Description Creating Connections Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact PCC Aydan Greatrick attended a networking event with local charities and university officials in Stratford. During this he spoke about the project and made a number of connections with leading practitioners working on refugee related issues. The plan following these interactions is to engage these individuals into the development of the creative writing workshops in particular, as some of the practitioners are running such workshops already with refugees in/from their local communities in London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Creative Approaches to the Study of Displacement, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh invited contribution to the Humanising Refugee Research workshop at the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE), University of Oxford, November 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presents on Refugee Hosts approach to refugee narrative and creative methods, with this contribution part of a wider set of reflections making up the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Critical, Creative and Collaborative Approaches to Refugee Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Panel presentation by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Rahmeh AbuShweimeh and Sura al-Mahasis at the GCRF Mobilising Global Voices: Perspectives from the Global South conference, co-convened by the AHRC and the International Development Committee at the Houses of Parliament, which sparked questions and discussion afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cultures and Commemorations of War Seminar, British Academy, 10 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge drew on the preliminary Refugee Hosts research findings at this interdisciplinary workshop on war and memory.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Daly, S. (2020) "Refugee Hosts at the Imperial War Museum - Discomfort, Resistance, Hope." 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this engagement-focused blog, Project and Communications Coordinator Sorcha Daly reflected on the IWM's "Refugee" exhibition and highlighted the Refugee Hosts project's contribution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/12/08/refugee-hosts-at-the-imperial-war-museum-discomfort-resistance-h...
 
Description Daly, S. and Greatrick, A. (2020) "Without Exception - Equal Space for Knowledge Production" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this piece, published on the project's engagement focused blog, Project and Communication Coordinators Sorcha Daly and Aydan Greatrick reflect on the process of organising the project conference in October 2019. The purpose of this piece was to share insights on how to create equitable spaces for knowledge exchange, particularly with communities in DAC countries who may be unable to travel for London-based conferences. These reflections act as spin-offs from the project, and were intended to share insights for best practice for others organising conferences and events aimed at engaging international audiences and those living in DAC countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/04/29/without-exception-equal-space-for-knowledge-production/
 
Description Dr Anna Rowlands gives Keynote Address on Migration, Faith and Displacement: International Catholic Migration Commission, Rome, 6 March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From Dr Rowlands: "I spoke on Tuesday at the ICMC (International Catholic Migration Commission) meeting in Rome. It was attended by around 200 delegates from around the globe who work for or with ICMC. This was a strategy meeting to decide on priorities for their work on migration across the globe. Those in attendance included Catholic bishops who run migration projects in their dioceses (from Bangladesh to Australia, Philippines, Mexico, US, Germany, France, Nigeria, Angola, Iraq, Syria etc) and also Ambassadors to the Holy See from a wide range of countries also attended my keynote talk. These included the Australian and Turkish Ambassadors. Representatives from UNHCR in Geneva and IOM were also in attendance and spoke on the panel after me. The Pope's Secretary of State (chief diplomat Cardinal Parolin was the only other keynote speaker. He also stayed for my talk.) I gave a 40 minute keynote with 20 minutes of questions. I mentioned Refuge Hosts and have also responded to several follow up queries and given details of the website. I have received follow-up invite to address the US bishops conference, a seminar for Australian bishops and a possible session for UNHCR in Geneva.

Write-up on speech from The Tablet: http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/8677/british-theologian-criticises-indifference-to-migrants, contacts made with high-level officials including ambassadors, INGO representatives etc. Dr Anna Rowlands speech also cited in Catholic News Service alongside the Pope (http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/catholics-must-counteract-refusal-to-welcome-migrants-speakers-say.cfm)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr Anna Rowlands speaks at Laudato Si Conference Presentation, Rome, 7 March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a conference on Laudato si and creatures (this is the subject of the Pope's most recent 2016 social letter) hosted by four Embassies to the Holy See (Germany, Georgia, France and UK) and Dr Rowlands spoke on a panel on human and non-human migration. She mentioned our refugee hosts work briefly in her response.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gives Keynote Address at ODI Disasters Conference, 14 September 2017, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elena's keynote address at the Disasters conference drew on the approach taken through the Refugee Hosts research project. Elena invited the audience of academics and policy makers to consider ways to continue advancing research, policy and practice in situations and processes of disaster and displacement in a way that simultaneously acknowledges, and transcends a focus on the 'experiences', 'voices' and 'perceptions' of people affected by displacement. In particular, Elena also argued that academic research to date has
demonstrated the necessity of looking back (through historical analyses), looking around us (through geographically sensitive lenses attentive to scale and space, and by acknowledging the significance of Southern-led responses), and through different lenses (including through intersectionalist and interdisciplinary research, and also by questioning the
locus of our gaze). A video of Elena's keynote was made available on YouTube with 94 views to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/09/26/dr-elena-fiddian-qasmiyeh-gives-keynote-address-at-odi-disasters...
 
Description Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh talks about Refugee Hosts at the 'Language, Mobility and Belonging' Conference, Somerville College, Oxford. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh contributed to the 'Language, Mobility and Belonging' Conference, Somerville College, Oxford by discussing the methods adopted by the Refugee Hosts project, and how the research team will be utilising translation as a key approach to understanding experiences of displacement frmo Syria
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://lmbconference2017.wixsite.com/lmb2017
 
Description East of England Migration Research Network Research Showcase, Refugee Week, UEA, 23 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge showcased Refugee Hosts research and introduced some of the interdisciplinary, creative and innovative approaches we will be taking in our work with nine local communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Engaging Refugee Narratives III: UCL Department of Anthropology, 16-17 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh introduced the project's contribution to debates surrounding refugee narratives, in particular our use of creative methods that explore the explicit and implicit roles played by faith, history and narrative in framing experiences of and responses to displacement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Faith and Displacement Series Introduction 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Anna Rowlands drew on our project approach and preliminary findings to introduce the 'Faith and Displacement' series on our blog. In particular, this further articulated our aim of identifying and exploring through our research the 'embedded theologies' of hospitality, hosting and humanitarianism, as well as our aim of accounting for these as part of the planned Religious Literacy Handbook. This introduction was followed by requests for further participation by a range of individuals including practitioners, academics, artists and so on.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/faith-and-displacement-series/
 
Description Faith, Secularism and Humanitarian Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-I Prof Alastair Ager discusses faith based approaches to humanitarian practice at a talk in Columbia University, NY. The talk has also been uploaded and shared widely on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TATQVvSxMbg&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Featured as an example of good public engagement practice by undergraduate course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Our website and blog was featured as an example of positive public engagement by a Geography based research project - AKA: an example of 'public geography'. This praise was given to the project by UCL's Dr Claire Dwyer, and resulted in hundreds of hits on our website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (2020) "Refugee-led local responses in the time of Covid-19" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This engagement focused blog was posted on the project website. It aimed to address the unfolding Covid-19 crisis and its impact on Baddawi refugee camp, Lebanon. The article was the product of extensive knowledge exchange with a local initiative to provide food and other material support to those self-isolating in the camps. The purpose was to raise awareness of how communities in fragile displacement-affected communities in Lebanon were responding to the crisis. Following the publication of the piece, requests for follow on information were made from the public, and the piece itself informed a Channel 4 report on Covid-19 and poverty for which Elena was interviewed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/04/03/refugee-led-local-responses-in-the-time-of-covid-19-preliminary-...
 
Description Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Greatrick (2017) 'The Roles of Performance and Creative Writing Workshops in Refugee-Related Research,' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The authors discussed methodological implications of engaging refugees through creative research, drawing on Refugee Hosts methods. The article has been cited as best practice in a handbook on creative and interdisciplinary methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/03/01/the-roles-of-performance-and-creative-writing-workshops-in-refug...
 
Description Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and greatrick (2017) 'Travelling Fear' in Global Context: Exploring Everyday Dynamics of In/Security and Im/Mobility 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The authors wrote a blog post in response to the 'Muslim travel ban' that addressed how this and other policies were affecting local communities responding to displacement. The article was re-posted at the request of other media sites, including the Berkely Forum for Global Affairs and the LSE blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2019) "The Poetics of Undisclosed Care" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh reflects on and responds to the Refugee Hosts research and the discussions that followed the Bridging Voices meeting at Yale. The blog was responded to positively on social media and on the website, and has been drawn on at Refugee Hosts events to discuss when and how assistance for refugees visor is not 'disclosed', and the differences between diverse undisclosed forms of care and those of international organisations where donor visibility is important.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/05/21/the-poetics-of-undisclosed-care/
 
Description Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) "Religion and Social Justice for Refugees - Executive Summary" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this engagement-focused blog post, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh shares the Executive Summary of the Bridging Voices report on religion and social justice for refugees, published in collaboration with Yale University and funded by the British Council. The purpose of this post was to make the key findings and recommendations of the report (with findings relevant to practitioners and humanitarians working in the 5 DAC countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico and Cameroon) more easily accessible to policy and practice audiences. The post complimented there engagement activities, including the Bridging Voices webinar in May 2020, and the publication of the Policy Brief.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/04/30/religion-and-social-justice-for-refugees-executive-summary/
 
Description Flesh when Mutilated called God 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is a further poetic reflection on the research process from writer in residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/10/01/flesh-when-mutilated-called-god/
 
Description Forced Migration Review Article on Refugees Hosting Refugees 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh wrote an article for the Forced Migration Review relating to refugee-refugee humanitarianism and its relevance to this project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description From the Local to the Global: The Roles of Local Faith Communities in Refugee Situations in the Global South', Invited Keynote at the 'Welcoming Refugees: The role of religion' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gave a keynote speech at the From the Local to the Global: The Roles of Local Faith Communities in Refugee Situations in the Global South' conference, held at the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. 12 October. The keynote focussed on the research arising from the Refugee Hosts project with questions from audience members (practitioners, academics, students) relating to the findings of the project. The keynote was also filmed and made available online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://vimeo.com/299214981
 
Description GMU Henry Luce Foundation Event on Religion and International Affairs, George Mason University, Washington DC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh introduced Refugee Hosts to a broad range of academics, practitioners, policy makers and journalists during this 2-day event. This sparked significant interest from participants, and led to important networking opportunities that supported the successful follow on funding bid made to the British Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Gallery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A gallery was published on the project website collating key images from various field sites, accompanied by text and information. The aim was to produce an engaging gallery for the public to access and to act as a visual archive of the project beyond the end of the project date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://refugeehosts.org/our-work/gallery/
 
Description Grand Challenges Conference, British Library, 7 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge and Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh reflected further on questions of interdisciplinary research, with a focus on research into voice and conflict. This event informed our project's thinking around voice and conflict, and fed directly into the Refugee Hosts coordinated PaCCS symposium held at UCL on 21 September
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Grand Challenges Symposium, UEA, 6 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge and Aydan Greatrick reflected on interdisciplinary methods and 'creative ethnographies', sharing the approach taken by the Refugee Hosts project with PIs and Co-Is of other AHRC funded projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hannah Arendt: On Displacement and Political Judgement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Co-I Anna Rowlands wrote a piece on Arendt for the Refugee Hosts blog
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/02/01/hannah-arendt-on-displacement-and-political-judgement/
 
Description Hearing Marginalisation and Agency in Istanbul: Sounds from Istiklal Street 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Project Coordinator Aydan Greatrick discusses the use of soundscapes in social science research and shares reflections on a field trip to Istanbul.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/03/02/sounds-from-istiklal-turkey/
 
Description Histories and spaces of Southern-led responses to displacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this article, Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh explores the preliminary findings emerging from our research vis-a-vis the historical role local communities have played and continue to play as responders to other refugees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/04/19/histories-and-spaces-of-southern-led-responses-to-displacement/
 
Description History and Narratives of Displacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge outlines the key findings of the Refugee Hosts project in a video published to our website. This video aims to generate significant engagement with the findings of the project, and has been made available alongside other impact-focused resources. The video will be used in further dissemination falling outside the current research fish reporting period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://youtu.be/rKtoDEpOqeo
 
Description In mourning the refugee, we mourn God's intention in the absolute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's reflection on the research process, contributing to our project's creative archive and building on our project's conceptualisation of 'camps' and the 'archive' of the camp
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/22/in-mourning-the-refugee-we-mourn-gods-intention-in-the-absolute/
 
Description Inaugural Lecture: Refuge in a Moving World - Beyond Hospitality and Hostility 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gave her inaugural professorial lecture where she drew on the findings of the Refugee Hosts work to an audience of practitioners, academics and students working across disciplines at UCL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/01/13/prof-elena-fiddian-qasmiyeh-inaugral-lecture-refuge-in-a-moving-...
 
Description Inaugural South-South Forum, Dartmouth College, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts' PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, participated in the inaugural South-South Forum, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, which was held over 3 days from the 13th - 15th of August 2019.

Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, presented his paper 'Writing the Camp: Death, Dying and Dialects,' which draws on and further develops multiple pieces he has written in and about Baddawi Camp, Lebanon as part of the Refugee Hosts project, including Writing the Camp, The Camp is Time and A Sudden Utterance is the Stranger.

Contributing to the workshop roundtable themed 'In-Between Spaces and Border Ecologies', and drawing on recent field work conducted for the Refugee Hosts project in Baddawi Camp, Lebanon, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh offered reflections on the heterogenous connections that exist between Baddawi and diverse peoples and places across the Global South.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/08/09/refugee-hosts-at-inaugural-south-south-forum-dartmouth-college-u...
 
Description Interview on BBC Radio 3 as part of a special broadcast for Refugee Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact At 10pm, on the 18th of June 2020, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discussed Refugee Hosts on BBC Radio 3. The programme marked Refugee Week 2020 and highlights Refugee Hosts' interdisciplinary approach to understanding local experiences of and responses to displacement. The purpose and aim of Elena's contribution was to highlight how refugee and displacement affected communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey were responding to the situations they faced, and aimed to inform public understanding of refugee hosting contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k37n
 
Description Interview with Krista Tippet, On Being, 18 May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of her interview with Krista Tippet on Arendt, Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge reflected on some of the preliminary findings that emerged through Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh's pilot research in Baddawi Camp, Lebanon, and what it is that can be gleamed through Arendt's writing vis-a-vis local responses to displacement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://onbeing.org/author/lyndsey-stonebridge/
 
Description Interview with Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh for Cityscapes Magazine reflecting on the research process, published 04 Nov 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was interviewed about the personal dimensions of her research, and which provided a detailed outline of the aims of the Refugee Hosts project and its key emerging findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://cityscapesmagazine.com/index.php?p=articles/a-politics-of-connection
 
Description Interview with Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, The Beacon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence, the Palestinian poet and translator Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, was interviewed by The Beacon's Adam Mazarelo. They discussed issues surrounding identity, the politics of space and architecture and narratives as they relate to refugees and refugee camps, and, in particular, their relation to Yousif's home camp of Baddawi in North Lebanon. This interview drew directly on Yousif's work writing with and about the project, and shared reflections with a wider audience interested in poetry more broadly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/04/26/palestine-poetry-and-identity-politics-interview-with-yousif-m-q...
 
Description Introduction to Representations of Displacement Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh introduced our series on the 'Representations of Displacement'. This captured our project's approach to representing displacement and conflict, in particular crystallising our 'spaces and places, not faces approach', which has gone on to influence, and be directly cited in, a couple of contributions made by academics/practitioners and published as part of the series. This series introduction was also an opportunity to further disseminate our preliminary findings relating to 'spaces of refuge', 'everyday lives' and 'refugee-refugee relationality'. Alongside being engaged with by hundreds of individuals, this introduction also encouraged requests for further information and interest in participating in the project through submissions to our blog, for example.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/representations-of-displacement-series/
 
Description Invisible (at) Night: Space, Time and Photography in a Refugee Camp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Fiddian-Qasmiyeh published a critical reflection on our blog exploring representations of our field-site, Baddawi, at night. This was published as a photo essay. It was through this piece that the project began to develop our 'spaces and places, not faces' approach to representing displacement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/09/01/invisible-at-night-space-time-and-photography-in-a-refugee-camp/
 
Description It is a camp despite the name 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This poem continues a reflection on the research process and research findings from our writer in residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh. It deals with themes relating to knowledge, archiving the camp and the definition of a camp.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/08/06/it-is-a-camp-despite-the-name/
 
Description Keynote Address: Prof Fiddian Qasmiyeh presents at UCL and British Museum in Africa Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 25 May 2018, Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh will delivered a keynote address at an event exploring new research in the Middle East and Africa, convened by UCL and the British Museum.

The one-day event brought together researchers from UCL and the British Museum to consider future directions in African and Middle Eastern studies, with special attention to the changing context of fieldwork-based disciplines, collections, and archives. The event addressed how the global ambitions of major metropolitan universities and museums are to be reconciled with a problematic legacy of colonialism in these regions, and the shifting role of foreign institutions in relation to local partners.

The event foregrounded the later project completed by Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and colleagues at UCL, which led to an exhibition that features research data and outputs (including photographs, poems and interview extracts) curated with UCL Culture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/04/03/dr-elena-fiddian-qasmiyeh-to-give-keynote-address-at-ucl-and-bri...
 
Description Knowledge Exchange Workshop on LFC Responses to Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon, 17-18 July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On July 17-18, the Refugee Hosts team hosted a workshop at the Department of Political Science, University of St. Joseph, Beirut. The workshop aimed to identify and improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that arise through local faith community (LFC) responses to displacement in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. In total, 25 practitioners and local researchers participated, enabling a rich discussion around the current nature of work with LFCs, as well as the various barriers that exist. Participants attended from a large number of NGOs and local organisations, including Oxfam, Christian Aid, Muslim Aid, UNHCR, ICRC and LSESD. The workshop was also an opportunity examine the particularities of LFC responses to displacement from Syria in the specific context of Lebanon, and how this may affect our research approach, especially when exploring (explicitly and implicitly) questions of faith with refugee and hosting communities. The workshop began with a series of context setting exercises that built on the existing work and experiences of those present in order to identify the various challenges and opportunities that face practitioners and local researchers in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. In particular, these focused on different political and religious/secular barriers, and whether or not these can or should be overcome by humanitarian actors. One key point here related to faith, secularism and gender, something which has been explored at length in a workshop held by Refugee Hosts PI Dr Elena Fiddian- Qasmiyeh in 2016. Importantly, far from 'mistrusting' faith groups and LFCs when it comes to gender, an argument was raised that greater religious literacy would help us to overcome secular assumptions in an evidence-led and constructive way. This may lead to an improvement in rights and humanitarian assistance for women and girls whilst resisting the temptation to frame faith as an enemy to gender and sexual rights. In general, the need for greater 'religious literacy' in humanitarian engagements with LFCs was clear, something we will be working towards through the publication of a Religious Literacy Handbook toward the end of the project in 2019-2020. This workshop will also result in the dissemination of a report to be published as part of this project on engaging with LFCs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lecture to heads/directors of all the European (east and west) Caritas agencies working on migration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Anna Rowlands discussed Refugee Hosts as part of a broader talk/lecture on Catholic social teaching and migration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Local Faith Community Responses to Displacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Anna Rowlands outlines the key findings of the Refugee Hosts project in a video published to our website. This video aims to generate significant engagement with the findings of the project, and has been made available alongside other impact-focused resources. The video will be used in further dissemination falling outside the current research fish reporting period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://youtu.be/NSfxsS4qPwQ
 
Description Lunch Time Lecture to UCL students, staff and the general public on the role of established refugees in a crisis (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gave a lecture to UCL students, staff and the general public about the project research. This was also recorded and disseminated online by UCL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhnRPET53Jk
 
Description Lyndsey Stonebridge Interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts Co-I, Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, took part in BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series, discussing migrants and refugees with Laurie Taylor. Prof. Stonebridge discusses her new book, 'Placeless People', Writing, Rights and Refugees' which part draws on our project's research in Baddawi refugee camp.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/02/01/listen-refugee-hosts-co-i-prof-lyndsey-stonebridge-on-thinking-a...
 
Description Lyndsey Stonebridge and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh present at the Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and world Literature conference at Leeds University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts Co-I Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge and Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh presented insights from the Refugee Hosts project at the conference "Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature" at University of Leeds, 20-22 June 2018.

On 20 June, from 17-00-18:00, Lyndsey delivered the keynote lecture, entitled "Hannah Arendt in Baddawi". This will then be followed by a series of readings by Yousif, whose poems on Baddawi refugee camp have been published as part of the Refugee Hosts project. This address was recorded and shared online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/06/archives-of-resistance-cosmopolitanism-memory-and-world-literatu...
 
Description MOAS Podcast on Refugee Art, July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Principal Investigator) and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (Writer in Residence) spoke to the Migrant Offshore Aid Station about the creative research methods Refugee Hosts is using to capture diverse experiences of and responses to displacement from Syria.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/07/24/refugee-hosts-on-moas-podcast-refugee-art-performance-and-forced...
 
Description Migration Theology Event in Middlesborough 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Anna Rowlands talked about the project with a group of practitioners and scholars (some of whom were refugees/asylum seekers) working in the field of refugee protection and integration locally. Rowlands also received collaborative feedback on research tools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Migration and the Digital City Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was invited to present findings from the Refugee Hosts research project as part of the "Migration and the Digital City" one-day international symposium at LSE on the 29th March 2019. Her presentation was titled 'Creating spaces of refuge: perspectives on refugee hosting in Lebanon.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/03/27/migration-and-the-digital-city-prof-fiddian-qasmiyeh-at-lse-symp...
 
Description My Mother's Heels 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's reflections on the project. This poem was also reproduced following its reception online in postcards distributed at project events and workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/05/15/my-mothers-heels/
 
Description Necessarily, the Camp is the Border 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is a further poem completed by our Writer in Residence reflecting on the process of completing research with Refugee Hosts - it explores linguistic, infrastructural and physical borders both in our research sites and more broadly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/11/05/necessarily-the-camp-is-the-border/
 
Description PaCCS Workshop: Interdisciplinary Research into Conflict, UCL, 21 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Refugee Hosts team led a knowledge exchange workshop on interdisciplinary research into conflict. During the workshop, which brought together academics funded through the AHRC PaCCS Conflict theme, a number of challenges and opportunities relating to interdisciplinary research - and the Refugee Hosts research project in particular, were discussed. This programme led to a commitment from participants to produce a briefing paper or similar on interdisciplinary research, drawing on best practice and insights gleamed throughout our project experiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Palestinian and Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Sharing Space, Electricity and the Sky 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh wrote a piece for the Refugee Hosts blog about her project related research in Baddawi refugee camp, Lebanon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://refugeehistory.org/blog/2016/12/22/palestinian-and-syrian-refugees-in-lebanon-sharing-space-e...
 
Description Palestinian refugees lament as Trump funding cuts create job insecurity and a pension crisis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh wrote a piece reflecting on the implications of President Trump's cut to UNRWA and its potential impact on our research site of Baddawi camp, North Lebanon. The piece was viewed thousands of times on The Conversation, before being republished on Refugee Hosts with an added introduction for the project's audience. This reflected on the localisation of aid agenda and the need to problematise the relationship between geopolitical decisions/circumstances and its implications for local capacity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/04/30/employment-and-pension-rights-in-the-context-of-the-localisation...
 
Description Panel Presentation, 'Listening to Researchers from the Global South', AHRC-GCRF-IDC Mobilising Global Voices: Perspectives from the Global South Conference, Houses of Parliament, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Ager gives talk drawing on experience working with local researchers in Global South and practitioners/policy makers at international and national level. This talk drew directly on his experience conducting collaborative research leading to impact via the Refugee Hosts project, leading to a reported change in colleagues own knowledge about engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Panel Presentation, AHRC-GCRF-IDC Mobilising Global Voices: Perspectives from the Global South Conference, Houses of Parliament, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, along with local research colleagues, presented insights from the research in Lebanon and Jordan as part of this event.

After introducing the project's collaborative and participatory approach to the co-production of knowledge, they drew on research from across our field sites in Lebanon and Jordan to emphasise the need for us to acknowledge the complexities of everyday lives in displacement and the diverse ways that people affected by displacement navigate the encounter between different groups of refugees and hosts, including hosts who are themselves refugees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/03/25/refugee-hosts-team-at-mobilising-global-voices-conference-2019-p...
 
Description Pictures Speak Louder then Words: The Impact of Photography on Perceptions of Refugees: Side Event of 69th UNHCR Standing Committee Meeting, UN Mission Geneva, 29 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh contributed to a panel debate organised by UNHCR exploring the ethics and impact of photography on perceptions of refugees. These discussions informed our blog series 'Representations of Displacement', which also engaged UNHCR as a contributor to the series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/06/27/pictures-speak-louder-than-words-the-impact-of-photography-on-pe...
 
Description Placeless People: The Calamity of Statelessness - talk by Prof Stonebridge, Birkbeck, February 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Stonebridge presented findings from the Refugee Hosts project at this event in Birkbeck.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk/events/events-calendar/placeless-people-the-calamity-of-stateles...
 
Description Poetry as a Host 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Co-I Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge writes a piece on Poetry as a Host for the Refugee Hosts blog
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2016/11/13/poetry-as-a-host/
 
Description Presentation, 'On Faith and Solidarity within Secular Humanitarian Engagement' at Colloquium on Justice, Solidarity, and Forced Migration, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Ager gives presentation with colleagues at Yale drawing on our findings relating to faith and local faith communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presents on The Importance of Relationality and Intersectionality in Refugee-related Research at Between Institutional Resilience to the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Resilience of Syrian Refugees, March 7-8 2019, LSE. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh took part in and presented at this workshop at LSE, sharing insights from the Refugee Hosts project's ethical and methodological approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge speaks at Conference in Palermo: 'Soft water defeats the stone in time: rights, resilience and the storybook of mankind', Stories in Transit September 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge spoke on her research, which covered themes relating to Refugee Hosts project and built directly on the project's partnership with the Stories in Transit project. This was followed by a q&a session about the role of creative writing in refugee-related research. The talk was followed up by an engagement with the project from a senior academic from the University of Palermo.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description REFUGEE HOSTS AT 'HISTORY OF REFUGEES' CONFERENCE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact On the 23rd November 2020 Refugee Hosts' Co-ordinator, Aydan Greatrick and Co. I. Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge took part in the 'History of Refugees' conference hosted by SolidariTee, a refugee support organisation based in the UK, offering targeted support to refugees in the UK and Europe. The presentation sparked questions about what undergraduates can do to address the needs of refugees and asylum seekers, both in research and in practice. The audience reported increased understanding of how refugee communities respond to and support other refugees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Reflections from the Field: Introduction to the Series blog post on Refugee Hosts website, by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh wrote a blog introducing our 'Reflections from the Field Series'- this piece provided an update and initial reflections on the status of the research following the data collection phase.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/blog/reflections-from-the-field-introduction-to-the-series/
 
Description Refugee Hosts (2020) Refugee Hosts' research challenges perceptions at new IWM Exhibition exploring 100 years of refugee experiences" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this engagement-focused blog post, Refugee Hosts project highlighted our contribution to the IWM exhibition 'Refugees'. The blog highlighted how materials and research data (including poetry, photographs and soundscapes) produced about and with communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey contributed to the exhibition. The key finding, that refugees are also key providers of local assistance to other refugees, was emphasised by the article. The purpose of this blog was to increase understanding about the roles refugees play in contexts of displacement, and to encourage people to attend the exhibition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/09/22/refugee-hosts-research-challenges-perceptions-at-new-iwm-exhibit...
 
Description Refugee Hosts International Conference: Without Exception - the Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement, 24-25th October, UCL, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To mark the final year of the project, we organised an international conference with the aim of bringing together a broad set of discussants from across the research project, as well as colleagues, practitioners and experts working on this topic from around the world. The conference was organised over two days, and was attended by over 300 people. In total, there were 40 contributors working on the topic of local responses to displacement from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and contexts. We also organised a live stream into Arabic which was watched on the day by over 1,000 people, with videos of the conference watched online after the date by an additional 500 people and growing. The conference was a huge success in terms of sharing our research with new and existing audiences, and of broadening out the conversation ahead of the final year of dissemination.

In this sense, the conference operated as a vitally important means of disseminating our research findings to diverse audiences including our research participants who were able to watch the live stream in Arabic, as well as establishing new connections with practitioners and discussants as we moved into the final year of analysis and writing up. The conference helped to cement our approach to several key questions and led to follow up interest from a number of different participants.

The most significant impact from the conference came in the reported change in audience views taken during the feedback survey held during the day. This notes how people began to think differently and more positively about the role local communities play in contexts of displacement. Other responses showed how people had begun to think differently about the role of literature and storytelling, finding it to be a powerful tool in addressing conflict and displacement, a key point and finding of the research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/refugee-hosts-international-conference/
 
Description Refugee Neighbours & Hospitality 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this piece, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reflect on "refugee-refugee relationality", and "refugee-refugee humanitarianism", a concept they define based on the Refugee Hosts research project and the past research they have conducted more broadly. These phrases and conceptualisations have since been used in the analysis of other academics and in conversations with practitioners (including IOM and UNHCR) who aim to build a better understanding of the role played by refugee communities in contexts of protracted displacement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Refugee Neighbours and Hospitality: Exploring the Complexities of Refugee-Refugee Humanitarianism 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh wrote a piece for international blog and magazine The Critique about refugee-refugee humanitarianism which drew on the aims of this project and it's interest in examining the role established refugees are playing as hosts to those displaced by conflict.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.thecritique.com/articles/refugee-neighbours-hostipitality-2/
 
Description Refugee Protection: where are we now? Talk by Lyndsey Stonebridge, Open Society Foundation, 7 May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge drew on Refugee Hosts research at a talk and meeting with the Open Society Foundation in New York on 7 May 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Refugee Youth, Conflict and Communities article in The Scotsman 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Co-I Prof Alastair Ager reflects on the global refugee crisis and on the challenges faced by refugee youth, and on the role played by local communities in meeting the needs of the displaced.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland-helps-migrants-as-they-face-a-nightmare-1-4234234#comments-are...
 
Description Refugee-Host Relationality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh outlines the key findings of the Refugee Hosts project in a video published to our website. This video aims to generate significant engagement with the findings of the project, and has been made available alongside other impact-focused resources. The video will be used in further dissemination falling outside the current research fish reporting period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://youtu.be/qMlsQm_FwZ4
 
Description Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and our Writer in Residence collaborated on this piece, which explores refugee solidarity, death and dying through a focus on the various cemeteries that exist in our research site of Baddawi, North Lebanon. It contributed to our preliminary findings, and our project's thinking around issues of refugee representation, memory, history and spaces of refuge. In particular, its focus on spaces, as opposed to faces, contributed to our 'spaces and places, not faces' approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/05/23/refugee-refugee-solidarity-in-death-and-dying/
 
Description Refugee-refugee relationality, Solidarity and Care in/as Research - Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Invited Keynote at the Research Ethics in Forced Migration Studies Conference, University of Edinburgh, October 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gave the keynote address at this conference in Edinburgh, where she drew on reflections on the ethics of conducting research with the Refugee Hosts project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Refugees ask Refugees: The Poetics of Displacement, Bard Berlin, Bard Al Quds, March 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Co-I Lyndsey Stonebridge presented insights from the Refugee Hosts project at a seminar in Bard Berlin. This was attended by research audiences interested in displacement. The event provided opportunities for ongoing collaboration and engagement with research colleagues in Bard Berlin, with whom Lyndsey is now working closely.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Religion and Social Justice for Refugees Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar was organised as part of the Bridging Voices project (which developed through further funding from the British Council and a project collaboration with Yale University). The webinar was attended by over 150 people, with representatives from UN agencies, US and UK civil servants and humanitarian practitioners. The webinar aimed to share findings arising from the Bridging Voices collaboration, focusing in particular on the role of faith in mobilising support for refugees in four DAC countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Cameroon, Malaysia and Mexico) and Greece. The webinar sparked conversation with practitioners and a productive exchange between the project researchers and representatives of organisations including World Faith and JLI.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/09/11/religion-and-social-justice-for-refugees-webinar-registration-op...
 
Description Religion and the Promotion of Social Justice for Refugees Workshop, Yale - 10 May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Refugee Hosts co-convened a one-day workshop on Religion and Social Justice for Refugees at Yale University alongside colleagues from the Bridging Voices project, funded by the British Council. Here, research by the project contributed to an international discussion with academics, practitioners and policy makers working in humanitarian settings about the roles faith plays in contexts of displacement. The Refugee Hosts research was thus brought into conversation with examples from across five field sites around the world, with the workshop leading to the co-development of a major report published by UCL and the British Council in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/05/09/refugee-hosts-and-yale-religion-and-the-promotion-of-social-just...
 
Description Reliving the origins of totalitarianism, LSE Festival March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Stonebridge presented at this event, drawing on findings from the Refugee Hosts project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lse.ac.uk%2FEvents%2FLSEFestiva...
 
Description Research impact and policy influence: on bricks and visions - Prof Alastair Ager 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Alastair Ager reflects on policy impact and influence for the Refugee Hosts website. This piece critically reflects on the interface between research and policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/07/16/research-impact-and-policy-influence-on-bricks-and-visions/
 
Description Rethinking Faith in Development and Humanitarian Contexts Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Alastair Ager presented at a webinar titled Rethinking Faith in Development and Humanitarian Contexts, which was hosted by Queen Margaret University's Institute for Global Health and Development on the 18th June 2020. The event was attended by a diverse audience of academics, students, practitioners and policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://qmu.ac.uk/schools-and-divisions/ighd/rethinking-faith-in-development-and-humanitarian-contex...
 
Description Rights, Writing, and Refuges, American University of Beirut, October 7, 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-I Lyndsey Stonebridge presented at AUB, in Lebanon, where she discussed her book and the findings arising from Refugee Hosts research in Lebanon. This online webinar was hosted in collaboration with AUB, and demonstrates how the project has engaged with local research institutions. Discussions followed and provided opportunity for knowledge exchange with DAC-based research colleagues and practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement: Temporalities, spatialities and materialities of displacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this piece Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh reflects on our project's 'spaces and places, not faces' approach, noting the potential problematics that stem from the approach, but also the benefits of the method more broadly when it comes to challenging stereotypes of refugees and migrants. This reflective piece is part of our project's commitment to transparent reflections as integral to the overall research process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/11/19/shadows-and-echoes-in-of-displacement/
 
Description Soundscape of Hamra, Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Alastair Ager recorded and wrote a response to a soundscape taken in one of our field sites in Beirut. This reflected on the role of the soundscape in social science research, and noted some preliminary observations that would inform our research in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/09/25/sounds-from-hamra-lebanon/
 
Description Southern Responses to Displacement from Syria Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gave a lecture at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute for Cultural Studies, Freiburg. This lecture focused on responses to displacement in the Global South, drawing on research completed by the Refugee Hosts project. The lecture provided an important opportunity for networking with colleagues in Germany, and for identifying areas for productive future-conversation with similar research and policy-related conversations taking place in Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://zasb.unibas.ch/de/zentrum/veranstaltungen/details/news/elena-fiddian-qasmiyeh-south-south-hu...
 
Description Space and Refuge Exhibition and Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh contributed to a symposium on space and refuge, drawing on the Refugee Hosts project and its relevance to the work of those in attendance. Newsletters were distributed to guests. The event led to a number of enquiries, plans for future events, and significant amounts of interest in our newsletter. The event also enabled a collaborative conversation that will be imperative in the development of our research tools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2017/03/20/space-of-refuge-symposium-report/
 
Description Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon Face and Uncertain 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh wrote a piece about the project for The Conversation online platform.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/syrian-refugees-in-turkey-jordan-and-lebanon-face-an-uncertain-2017-7074...
 
Description Talk and seminar series titled "Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement" for the Mellon Sawyer series, University of Washington 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On January 21st 2021, Refugee Hosts' PI Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh delivered a presentation titled "Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement" for the Mellon Sawyer series: 'Humanitarians. Migrations and Care through the Global South' hosted by the Simpson Center, University of Washington. The purpose of the talk was to share knowledge arising from the project with graduate students and other researchers, focusing specifically on how communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey respond to contexts of displacement and humanitarian crises. The event allowed for extensive and engaged discussions with students, and was followed by a graduate seminar with Elena. Students reported increased understanding about the topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The Hands are Hers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This poem continues a reflection on the research process by our Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/26/the-hands-are-hers/
 
Description The Importance of Relationality and Intersectionality in Refugee-related Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gives talk reflecting on intersectional research, building on the process of conducting interdisciplinary, co-curated and participatory research with refugees, via the Refugee Hosts project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Localisation of Aid and Southern-led Responses to Displacement: Beyond instrumentalising local actors 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In this piece, Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh considers the numerous implications of our research project for humanitarian practitioners who engage with local communities. It notes the important role played by local communities that we are conducting research in and the potential ways in which international actors may undermine this work by instrumentalising it and/or producing interventions that undermine what local communities want and are doing in the first place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/04/17/the-localisation-of-aid-and-southern-led-responses-to-displaceme...
 
Description The Third Voice and the Third Eye in our Photo-Poetic Reflections 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this piece, Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reflect on our method of photography and its implications on and benefits for our wider research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/02/11/the-third-voice-and-third-eye-in-our-photo-poetic-reflections/
 
Description The Throne, by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Throne poem, by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh. This poem reflects on photographs taken during the last field trip to Baddawi refugee camp
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/02/20/the-throne/
 
Description The Wall 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's reflection on the research project. This poem went on to be included in the UCL Moving Objects exhibition and has been read more widely as a result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/05/22/the-wall/
 
Description There will always be a vendor before and after the picture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's poetic reflections on the Refugee Hosts project. This poem was reproduced following its online reception via postcards distributed at events organised by the project. The poem was also selected to be included in the Moving Objects exhibition at UCL. The poem aims to articulate everyday lives in displacement, and the relationship between memory, sound and place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/05/08/there-will-always-be-a-vendor-before-and-after-the-picture/
 
Description To the Plants is Her Face 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This poem continues Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's poetic reflections on and with the research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/05/to-the-plants-is-her-face/
 
Description UNHCR Academic Network, Invited to facilitate sessions and present at the Planning Meeting for the new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Academic Network, Geneva, Switzerland (Nov. 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elena was invited to facilitate sessions and present at the Planning Meeting for the new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Academic Network, Geneva, Switzerland (Nov. 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UNHCR High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, 12 December, United Nations, Geneva 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On Tuesday 12 December, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was invited to present insights from her research at the UNHCR High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges. As one of four panelists discussing 'Reception and Admission', she spoke alongside H.E. Ambassador Mr. Boudjemâa Delm (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations), H.E. Ambassador Antje Leendertse (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations), and Mr. Jan Egeland (Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). Elena's presentation focused on the importance of sensitivity to gender, religion and refugee-host relations in Reception and Admission processes, addressing sone of the greatest challenges faced by the international community: the need to reconcile 'immediately' responding to 'mass' emergency experiences and needs, with attention to individual needs and rights in contexts of displacement. She drew on the research (funded by the Henry Luce Foundation) underpinning her MRU Policy Brief on Gender, Religion and Humanitarian Responses to Refugees, in addition to her long-standing research with and about refugees and host communities in the Middle East (including research funded by the UK's Research Councils, the Leverhulme Trust, and the European Research Council). Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh addressed the UN High Commission on protection Challenges alongside co-panellists H.E. Ambassador Mr. Boudjemâa Delm (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations), H.E. Ambassador Antje Leendertse (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations), and Mr. Jan Egeland (Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UNHCR-NGO Consultations, Invited to facilitate sessions and present at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' NGO Consultations, United Nations Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elena was invited to facilitate sessions and present at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' NGO Consultations, United Nations Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (July 2019). Here she presented on the project's findings relating to local level responses to displacement and the roles of local communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Understanding Local Responses to Displacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Alastair Ager outlines the key findings of the Refugee Hosts project in a video published to our website. This video aims to generate significant engagement with the findings of the project, and has been made available alongside other impact-focused resources. The video will be used in further dissemination falling outside the current research fish reporting period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://youtu.be/YubR0Vl7GcE
 
Description WRITING AND RIGHTING: A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WRITING, LITERATURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On Thursday 3rd December, Refugee Hosts' Co I, Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge hosted a webinar to celebrate the publication of her new collection of essays, Writing and Righting (Oxford University Press), which has arisen from the Refugee Hosts project. The purpose of the event was to highlight the publication of the new book, and to discuss key findings from the project relating to literature, creative writing and human rights. The presentation specifically addressed findings from Lebanon, drawing on creative outputs created during writing workshops with local community members and the original creative materials produced by the project Writer in Residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, about his home camp of Baddawi, Lebanon, one of the project field sites. The event involved contributions from academics and cultural commentators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2020/10/27/writing-and-righting-a-discussion-about-the-importance-of-writin...
 
Description World Conference on Statelessness 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Refugee Hosts writer in residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh continued to the World Conference on Statelessness in The Hague as an invited speaker and panelists. Here he shared reflections and read poetry inspired by the Refugee Hosts project to an international audience of practitioners, academics and policy makers working on statelessness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/06/07/yousif-m-qasmiyeh-at-the-world-conference-on-statelessness/
 
Description Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh leads workshop on "refugee writings, creative encounters" at Birkbeck 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Refugee Host's writer in residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will join author Selma Dabbagh, a British Palestinian fiction writer, to lead a workshop exploring issues that face writers and artists 'when they voice the world of Arabic culture, and find themselves acting as representatives - whether they wish to or not.' This workshop directly built on Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's work with Refugee Hosts where he has been researching, writing about and reflecting on displacement, writing and translation. The event triggered several interesting discussions among a diverse audience and led to requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/11/21/chase-arabic-poetry-and-story-translation-workshop-refugee-writi...
 
Description Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh leads workshop on "translating the name" at Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On Saturday 09 June 2018 Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh and Prof. Matthew Reynolds (University of Oxford) lead a workshop on translation, poetry and Arabic. In addition to drawing on Yousif's work created as part of the Refugee Hosts project, the workshop involved a close analysis of poems and drafts produced, mostly "on the spot," during a series of poetry workshops with Syrian, Iraqi and Sudanese refugees living in Oxford. This event aimed to reflect on the problematics of translation, especially as it relates to the translation of the intimate in poetry. This led to important discussions about translation which have fed into the workshops Yousif is curating for the project. Requests for further information about the project were also received
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2018/06/06/oxford-translation-day-translating-the-name-workshop-with-yousif...
 
Description Writer in Residence facilitates Translation Workshop on Contemporary Arabic poetry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On Monday, 4th February, Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, facilitated a translation workshop focusing on contemporary Arabic poetry produced by Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian refugees as part of the Refugee Hosts' creative writing workshops convened by Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge and Yousif in Lebanon (Baddawi Camp and Hamra) and Jordan (Jerash and Al-Zarqa) in 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://refugeehosts.org/2019/01/30/translation-workshop-on-contemporary-arabic-poetry-produced-by-p...
 
Description Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence, gives poetry reading (The Camp is Time + Writing the Camp) and discusses Refugee Hosts creative writing approach at Baliol College Event (27 Feb 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Yousif M. Qasmiyeh attended a poetry reading at Baliol College, University of Oxford, where he read his two poems 'The Camp is Time' and 'Writing the Camp', both of which were written for the Refugee Hosts project. Many references to the project were made, and over 30 people attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017