Alexander Betts

Director of Refugee Studies Centre,
University of Oxford

Alexander Betts is the Leopold W. Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, and a Fellow of Green-Templeton College. His research focuses on the politics and economics of refugees. He is the author or editor of eight books including Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013). His work has been published in journals including Perspectives on Politics, Ethics and International Affairs, and Global Governance. He has written for the Guardian, New York Times and Foreign Affairs and appears regularly on news channels including CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC. He has previously worked for UNHCR and as a consultant to a range of international organizations and governments. He is an advisor to the World Humanitarian Summit and is founder of the Humanitarian Innovation Project (