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date: 14 October 2019

(p. ix) Preface

(p. ix) Preface

This project first began in early 2011, when we were all working at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre and searching for ways to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Centre’s establishment. A commemorative book to be published in 2012 was suggested, with the aim of drawing on the considerable talents of the many scholars who have passed through the Refugee Studies Centre as academic staff, visiting researchers, and students since the Centre’s birth in 1982. It was then noted (thank you, Claire) that there existed no single, comprehensive work surveying the development of the multidisciplinary field of refugee and forced migration studies as it exists today. What initially began as a 12-chapter volume therefore expanded into a major 52-chapter Handbook. While the influence of the Refugee Studies Centre on the structure of the Handbook is clear—both through the editors’ current and former affiliations, and also with many of the contributors having links, past or present, with the Centre—the final product draws on an ever-expanding global network of Refugee and Forced Migration scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from a wide range of academic institutions, international organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and national governmental organizations and think-tanks. It is our hope that this Handbook, in tracing the achievements of the field to date, will inspire new students and researchers to join this community. (p. x)