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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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 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 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 outputs from the exhibition, including poems, creative writing, photographs and interview extracts were 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 Image 
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 In the first year of this research project we launched a project website which has provided an online forum for a now thriving community of conversation. The aims of the website has been to respond to and build on some of our preliminary findings, as well as the issues/themes that the project is exploring throughout our field research and analysis. As such, and whilst we are still producing findings, we have been able to develop a large and engaged "community of conversation", involving academic and non-academic audiences in our project's collaborative and ongoing research. In particular, weekly views of our blog, website and project related content have reached around 3,500 views, or about 1,000 unique visitors, per month on average. In total, as of March 2019, the project website has engaged 31,000+ unique visitors, amassing a total of 84,000+ views in 30 months. This has been complemented by our website's blog series: these are framed by our preliminary findings and research discussions, and invite contributions to reflect and/or build on what it is we are exploring through our ongoing research. These series have covered the topics of "representations of displacement", "translation, poetry and displacement", "faith and displacement", and "contextualising the localisation of aid agenda". Through the distribution of open calls for participation, we have received contributions from over 57 artists, poets, academics, and humanitarian practitioners. This engaged and thriving "community of conversation" will of course play a crucial role when it comes to the dissemination of our final research findings, providing an interested audience for the project's ongoing findings. Furthermore. external contributions made by the PI and Co-Is to various media outlets, including The Conversation, the Berkeley Forum for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, as well as BBC Radio 4's "In Our Time" and "Thought of the Day" has meant that thousands of people have been engaging with the project since our launch in autumn 2016. This has also been reflected in interest from media outlets including The Guardian and BBC World Service, who have discussed with the project team the possibility of collaborating on public engagement activities and disseminating our research findings toward the end of the project. Our research findings are being exhibited at a UCL Culture Exhibition in UCL from Feb 2019-Oct 2019. This exhibition is part of a collaboration with another GCRF funded project, involving refugees, refugee-support practitioners and artists in London and the Middle East. A series of satellite events highlighting the project are planned for 2019 and will provide an opportunity for meaningful engagement with a wider audience. Additional funding for this outcome was secured from the UCL Critical Heritage Small Grants Scheme, UCL Department of Geography and UCL Grand Challenges. Refugee Hosts is in discussion with a major UK-based museum regarding the possibility of our research and this exhibition being included in a forthcoming exhibition on conflict and displacement Moreover, policy engagement stemming from our preliminary findings and discussions has been significant, with the project PI being invited to address UNHCR on the protection challenges facing local communities and refugees in December 2017 at the high-profile UNHCR High Commissioner's Dialogue. This led to UNHCR citing Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh in a later policy report, drawing on her conceptualisation of refugee vulnerabilities as a model UNHCR should follow when engaging with local communities. Similar discussions also took place in summer 2017 with practitioners working in Lebanon during a workshop organised by Refugee Hosts, with additional support secured from UCL Knowledge Exchange Fund. This has culminated in a report translated into Arabic that will act as a key policy document in later dissemination at policy roundtables in the UK, Geneva and the Middle East, complementing our planned Religious Literacy Handbook and demonstrating our project's commitment to knowledge exchange and collaboration throughout processes of research, analysis and dissemination. We have also secured further funding to help develop the scope of our research, including funding from the British Council USA. This funding, awarded as part of the 'Bridging Voices' scheme, has enabled our project to collaborate with colleagues at Yale University on a workshop, planned for May 2019, to discuss religion and social justice in both our field sites and those of other researchers involved. This will allow us to draw on a wider pool of case studies, and to discuss our findings with policy audiences in the US, as well as to strengthen our existing partnerships with organisations such as the JLI and Islamic Relief. We have also been awarded an impact acceleration fund from UCL in recognition of the possible significant impact following from our research. This has enabled us to pull together an analysis of the data collected in our field sites in Lebanon in order to feed into humanitarian training modules vis-a-vis working with local communities. This has also involved our project team working closely with the JLI (one of our project partner) who have been leading on this project in collaboration with the UNHCR. Overall, the sustained interest and engagement that has followed on from these outputs is promising, and suggests that a considerable degree of public and policy interest in the project has already been generated. Whilst this interest does not relate directly to specific project findings (we will have finished data collection by early-summer 2019), the discussions surrounding the project have been important in demonstrating the need for such research by identifying the limitations, challenges and opportunities that exist with regards to local community responses to displacement. Since launching the project in September 2016, we have thus paved the way to considerable impact and public engagement.
First Year Of Impact 2018
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 Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Co-I Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge
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 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 'Moving Objects: Heritage in/and Exile'
Amount £2,060 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
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 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 05/2017 
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 05/2018 
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.
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 continue to offer guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. One individual from our partner organisation Save the Children has also contributed a piece to our blog.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools.
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.
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 continue to offer guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. One individual from our partner organisation Save the Children has also contributed a piece to our blog.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Advisory Board 
Organisation Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
Country Unknown 
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.
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 continue to offer guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. One individual from our partner organisation Save the Children has also contributed a piece to our blog.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools.
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.
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 continue to offer guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. One individual from our partner organisation Save the Children has also contributed a piece to our blog.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools.
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.
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 continue to offer guidance on methodologies and the development of our research questions. One individual from our partner organisation Save the Children has also contributed a piece to our blog.
Impact Advice received relating to methodologies, research design and research tools.
Start Year 2016
 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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-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 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 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 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 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