Exploring gendered ‘vulnerability’: Syrian refugee men and humanitarianism in urban Jordan

About the seminar series
This public seminar series consists of two separate themes: 1) Refugees in the United Kingdom and 2) Urban Refugees. Speakers come from diverse backgrounds, including both practitioners and academics, to consolidate existing empirical and theoretical knowledge of the proposed themes.
1) Refugees in the United Kingdom
At the end of 2016, the United Kingdom hosted nearly 120,000 refugees from a range of countries. While the available literature on this population has been growing, many areas of refugees’ post-resettlement/asylum lives remain under-explored. This seminar series will offer insights into the ways in which refugees in the UK have adapted to their new lives, with a focus on understanding the lived experiences of their economic and socio-cultural integration – or lack thereof.
2) Urban Refugees
Currently, more than half of the world’s refugees live outside of designated refugee camps or settlements, surviving with varying degrees of independence and success, and often living under the radar of aid organisations. This seminar series will enable audiences to cultivate a better understanding of the day-to-day lives of ‘self-settled’ refugees around the world, particularly in the Global South.

About the speaker
Lewis Turner is a post-doctoral researcher at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Germany focused on humanitarian work with Syrian refugees in the Middle East. His recent PhD thesis examined the position of refugee men in humanitarianism, in the context of Za‘tari Refugee Camp in Jordan. He has also published research on the connections between labour markets and encampment, and on attempts to integrate Syrian refugees into the labour market in Jordan under the auspices of the Jordan Compact.