Diaspora engagement in war-torn societies

Books and chapters

Van Hear, N (2014) ‘Refugees, diasporas and transnationalism’, in The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, eds E Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, G Loescher, K Long and N Sigona, Oxford: OUP, 176-187.


Journal articles

Van Hear, N (2014) ‘Reconsidering Migration and Class,’ International Migration Review 48 (s1), s100-121 DOI: 10.1111/imre.12139

Brun, C. and Van Hear, N (2012) ‘Between the local and the diasporic: the shifting centre of gravity in war-torn Sri Lanka’s transnational politics’, Contemporary South Asia 20(1): 61-75.


Photo essays

The London-Hargeysa connection: Diaspora engagement in Somaliland. A photo essay by Kate Stanworth and Giulia Liberatore.


Blog posts and other briefings

18 March 2015. Van Hear, N. Talking to Tamils: sharing research findings with the ‘researched’. COMPAS Blog

6 Dec 2014. Van Hear, N. Diaspora engagement in a post-conflict setting: Urumpirai, Jaffna District. A talk to 350 former residents (and their descendants) of the town of Urumpirai (one of our research sites) in Jaffna district at ‘Urumpirai Star Night’ in The City Pavilion, Romford.

4 Dec 2014. Van Hear, N. & Liberatore, G. Spheres of diaspora engagement in conflict settings. Work in Progress Seminar, COMPAS. 

24-25 Nov 2014.Van Hear, N. & Cohen, R. Diasporas and conflict. A paper for a workshop on ‘Economic Management Under Stress’ in honour of  Prof. Valpy Fitzgerald, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

3 Nov 2014. Liberatore, G. The Money Transfer Sector: A view from Somaliland. Panel discussion on Deconstructing the Remittances Debate: Update and Progress, An event organised by the SOAS Pan-African Society, SOAS. 

October 2014 - Giulia Liberatore ‘Diaspora engagement in Conflict Settings: Following the remittance crisis from the UK to Somaliland’ Oxford Diasporas Programme Newsletter 2014

29 July 2014 Saving the lifeline: studying the Somali diaspora involvement in the 2013-14 campaign for the COMPAS blog.

18 March 2014 - Figuring out diaspora roles in social recovery for the COMPAS blog.

29 October 2013 - Flight and Fight for the COMPAS blog.

14 August 2012 - Four decades after the expulsion of Ugandan Asians for the COMPAS blog.


Tamil demonstration at Trafalgar Square, London. Photograph: Nicholas Van Hear

'Somalilanders in London celebrate 23 years of independence. Photo: Kate Stanworth

Project lead

Nicholas Van Hear, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society

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Other researcher

Giulia Liberatore, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society

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