Mobilizing Global Knowledge

Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement


Mobilizing Global Knowledge

In 2018, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees documented a record high 71.4 million displaced people around the world. As states struggle with the costs of providing protection to so many people and popular conceptions of refugees have become increasingly politicized and sensationalized, researchers have come together to form regional and global networks dedicated to working with displaced people to learn how to respond to their needs ethically, compassionately, and for the best interests of the global community.

Mobilizing Global Knowledge brings together academics and practitioners to reflect on a global collaborative refugee research network. Together, the members of this network have had a wide-ranging impact on research and policy, working to bridge silos, sectors, and regions. They have addressed power and politics in refugee research, engaged across tensions between the Global North and Global South, and worked deeply with questions of practice, methodology, and ethics in refugee research.

Bridging scholarship on network building for knowledge production and scholarship on research with and about refugees, Mobilizing Global Knowledge brings together a vibrant collection of topics and perspectives. It addresses ethical methods in research practice, the possibilities of social media for data collection and information dissemination, environmental displacement, transitional justice, and more. This is essential reading for anyone interested in how to create and share knowledge to the benefit of the millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Half Title Page 2
Full Title Page 4
Copyright Page 5
Contents 6
Introduction: Mobilizing Global Knowledge in Forced Migration Studies and Practice 10
SECTION 1: Power and Politics in Refugee Research 32
1 | Capacity, Complicity, and Subversion:Revisiting Collaborative RefugeeResearch in an Era of Containment 34
2 | Rethinking Displacement: Transitional Justice and Forced Migration Studies 54
3 | The Asia Pacific Forced Migration Connection: Linking Activists, Advocates, and Academics 76
4 | Transitions from Knowledge Networked to Knowledge Engaged: Ethical Tensions and Dilemmas from the Global to the Local 96
5 | Insecure Nation, Insecure Migrant: Postcolonial Echoes from India’s Northeast 116
SECTION 2: Emerging and Developing Research Approaches and Tools 136
6 | Big Data and Early Warning of Displacement 138
7 | Building and Sustaining a Web Platformfor Researchers, Teachers, Students, and Practitioners in the Field of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 160
8 | The Promise and Potential of the Demography of Refugee and Forced Migration 178
9 | Disseminating Knowledge in the Digital Age: The Case of the Refugee Research Network 202
SECTION 3: Knowledge Production and the Ethics of Network Formation 222
10 | New, Emerging, Emerged? Navigating Agency, Technology, and Organization in Developing the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network 224
11 | What Constitutes Environmental Displacement? Challenges and Opportunities of Exploring Connections across Thematically Diverse Areas 242
12 | Bittersweet Symphony: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Network Building in Latin America 262
13 | Partnering on Research Methodologies in Forced Migration: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned 282
Conclusion: Reflections on Global Refugee Research Networking 298
Contributors 312
Index 320
Untitled 331