In the wake of more refugee flows and the political potency of economic migrant scares, governments have brokered trade deals to extend the geographies of asylum to new sites far beyond their borders. Drawing on 15 months of fieldwork conducted between Geneva, Australia, Fiji, and the Republic of Nauru, this paper follows a supply chain in refugees through to its grounded operations, drawing attention to a new site of commodification: the human as refugee.
Julia Morris is the Post-doctoral Fellow at the New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. She is a political anthropologist whose research focuses on global migration governance. Her doctoral research at the University of Oxford examined the outsourcing of asylum processes to new localities, bringing resource extractive sectors into dialogue. She has published in Global Networks and with Routledge publication house on immigration and border control and global knowledge networks.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Syed Imran Ali
In this seminar, Dr. Ali will talk about the breadth of technical and operational knowledge gaps in the humanitarian sector, their origins and why they persist, and the role of academic-humanitarian collaborations in improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.
Syed Imran Ali, Ph.D.
Fellow in Global Health and Humanitarianism,
Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research,
Dr. Ali is an aid worker and academic focused on humanitarian challenges at the intersection of environment and public health. He has worked in multiple emergencies and led operational research with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Dr. Ali has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he held a Development Impact Lab postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Ali received his doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph and his bachelors in engineering from Queen’s University.