Professor Laura Hammond

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Laura Hammond is a Professor in Development Studies at SOAS University of London. Her research interests include conflict, forced migration, diasporas, and food and livelihood security. She has been working in the Horn of Africa (particularly Ethiopia and Somalia/Somaliland) since the early 1990s, and has conducted applied research consultancy for a wide range of development and humanitarian organizations, including UNDP, USAID, Oxfam, Medécins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the World Food Programme.

Laura is Team Leader of the EU Trust Fund for Africa’s Research and Evidence Facility which conducts research on migration and conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa. She also heads the London International Development Centre (LIDC) Migration Leadership Team, which provides strategic advice to the ESRC and AHRC on migration and displacement issues. She is also Chair of the Independent Advisory Group for Country Information, an independent body which reviews the country of origin information products issued by the UK Home Office.

Laura has a Ph.D in Anthropology from the University Wisconsin-Madison and did her undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught at Clark University, the University of Reading, and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex. She is the author of This Place Will Become Home: Refugee Repatriation to Ethiopia (Cornell University Press: 2004), co-editor with Johan Pottier and Christopher Cramer of Researching Violence in Africa: Ethical and Methodological Challenges (Brill: 2011) and numerous articles and chapters.

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