Professor Alex Betts

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Alexander Betts is an expert on Refugee Studies and Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford.

Professor Alex Betts

About Alex Betts

Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. He served as Director of the Refugee Studies Centre between 2014 and 2017. His research focuses mainly on the political economy of refugee assistance, with a focus on Africa. 

He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was named by Foreign Policy magazine in the top 100 global thinkers of 2016, and his talks have been viewed by over 3 million people. He has previously worked for UNHCR and has served as a Councillor on the World Refugee Council. 

His authored and co-authored books include Refugee Economies (OUP, 2016), Mobilising the Diaspora (CUP, 2016), and Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (Penguin, 2017).

In addition to his academic publications, he has written for Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and the Guardian, and appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN. 

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