Reader in International Politics, City University London

Dr McDowell (PhD University of Zurich; MPhil University of Cape Town) is a Reader in the Department of International Politics at City University London and an independent development consultant specialising in population displacement and resettlement. His research focuses on forced migration in the context of conflict, development and state-mandated population relocation. Christopher has conducted extended research in East and Southern Africa, South and Central Asia and in Europe. His main publications include A Tamil Asylum Diaspora, Risks and Reconstruction, and Displaced the Human Costs of Development, with recent articles on climate change and relocation, and the legacy of collectivisation in Kyrgyzstan. Dr McDowell is currently working with the Inspection Panel of The World Bank in Uganda or involuntary resettlement, and UNHCR on Syrian Refugee Resettlement.

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Recent publications

2014) ‘Development-Created Displacement’, in The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford: OUP
(2013) ‘Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Implications for land acquisition and population relocation’, in Development Policy Review, Vol.31, Issue 6, November 2013
(2013) ‘Sri Lankan Tamil Settlement and Politics in Switzerland’, in Encyclopaedia of the Sri Lankan Diaspora, Didier Editions (with Ganesh, K.)
(2013) ‘Researching Displacement(s)’ in Block, K., Riggs, E. and Haslam, N. (eds) Researching Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Ethical Considerations, Australian Academic Press, Melbourne
(2012) Displacement: The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement, New York, Palgrave Macmillan (with Bennett, O.)
(2012) ‘Death to ‘Sarts’: A Complex Central Asian Insult’, in Anthropology Today, Vol. 28, No. 6, December


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