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This page provides a brief profile of the various organizations and individuals that have been involved in the initial development of Forced Migration Online (FMO) and subsequent addition of content and technical enhancements. Much of the content on FMO has been made available thanks to the invaluable contributions of an international network of authors, editors and advisors. Colleagues from partners around the world have also contributed records to the web catalogue, selected documents for the Digital Library, as well as providing specially-commissioned, original content. If you or your institution is interested in participating in this project, please e-mail us at

Hosting and Coordinaton

Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

FMO is hosted by the Refugee Studies Centre. The RSC is “part of the University of Oxford’s International Development Centre at Queen Elizabeth House. Its objectives are to carry out multidisciplinary research and teaching on the causes and consequences of forced migration; to disseminate the results of that research to policy makers and practitioners, as well as within the academic community; and to understand the experience of forced migration from the point of view of the affected populations.”

FMO Team

  • John Pilbeam, Web Development Manager
  • Sarah Taylor, Web Content Coordinator

FMO Advisors

  • Dr Marilyn Deegan, FMO Founder and Advisor
  • Elisa Mason, Advisor
  • Sean Loughna, Former FMO Co-Director and Advisor


Department for International Development

Since January 2005 FMO has been funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). DFID is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.

DFID’s work forms part of a global promise to:

  • halve the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger
  • ensure that all children receive primary education
  • promote sexual equality and give women a stronger voice
  • reduce child death rates
  • improve the health of mothers
  • combat HIV & AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • make sure the environment is protected
  • build a global partnership for those working in development.

DFID works in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector and others. It also works with multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, United Nations agencies, and the European Commission.

Mellon Foundation

FMO and the Digital Library Project were funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation between 1997 and 2004. "The purpose of the Foundation is to 'aid and promote such religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes as may be in the furtherance of the public welfare or tend to promote the well-doing or well-being of mankind'. Under this broad charter, the Foundation currently makes grants on a selective basis to institutions in higher education; in cultural affairs and the performing arts; in population; in conservation and the environment; and in public affairs."

European Union, EuropeAid Cooperation Office

FMO has also received support from the EuropeAid Cooperation Office of the EU. The mission of this office is “to implement the external aid instruments of the European Commission which are funded by the European Community budget and the European Development Fund. …[It] is responsible for all phases of the project cycle (identification and appraisal of projects and programmes, preparation of financing decisions, implementation and monitoring, evaluation of projects and programmes) which ensures the achievement of the objectives of the programmes established by the Directorates-General for External Relations and Development and approved by the Commission.”

FMO Partners and Associates

The following partner institutions have played an important role in assisting and advising FMO on content, technical and design issues:

The American University in Cairo (AUC), Forced Migration and Refugee Studies

Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at AUC is a multi faceted program that combines the taught diploma with dynamic research opportunities, unique outreach and service activities for refugee communities, and ongoing networking and collaboration with academic institutions and organizations that work with those communities, locally, regionally and internationally.

Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

The Program on Forced Migration and Health was developed in response to the need for technically-sound approaches to issues faced by health professionals who provide humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies.

The program has three main areas of activity: post-graduate training in public health, in preparation for careers in international humanitarian assistance; short-term training for public health professionals currently working in the field; and research into the relationship between public health and forced migration.

The program also organizes a Refugee Issues Seminar series, which is open to the public.

Czech Helsinki Committee

The Czech Helsinki Committee is a non-governmental non-profit organisation for human rights. It is a member of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) based in Vienna, associating Helsinki Committees from 39 OSCE member countries. Main areas of focus:

  • Penitential system / prisons; rights of prisoners and detained persons
  • Police
  • Rights of women with special emphasis on equal opportunities, labour market
  • Rights of seniors
  • Foreigners' issues

Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees in the UK (ICAR)

ICAR is an academic research and information organisation, formally based at the School of Social Sciences at City University, now based at the Runnymede Trust, London. ICAR aims to raise the level of public debate and understanding of asylum in the UK context and to encourage evidence-based policy making.

Established in March 2001, ICAR collects, collates, analyses and disseminates information, research findings, statistics and other data about issues related to asylum and refugees. Through a range of web-based products, project work, commissioned research and participation in conferences, workshops and training sessions, ICAR makes this information and analysis widely available to researchers, service providers, the media, policy makers, refugee populations and members of the general public.

ICAR’s work concentrates on improving understanding of the asylum system and developing the understanding of the refugee populations that are resident in the UK. While primarily focused on the UK, ICAR also recognises the importance of the global forced migration context, particularly in relation to the internationalisation of asylum policy and the complexities of cross-border population movements.

Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Edwin Ginn Library

The Edwin Ginn Library collection reflects the specialized curriculum and research interests of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The library collects books, journals, and documents, in print and online format, in the fields of international law and organization, humanitarian assistance, development, world business and economics, environment, diplomacy, communications, international trade and security studies. The library also works closely with the Feinstein International Famine Center, which was established in 1996 to improve emergency, relief and refugee efforts in times of famine, war and complex emergencies.

Tufts University, Tufts Computing and Communications Services, Academic Technology

Tufts Computing and Communications Services (TCCS) provides service and support to all Tufts faculty, staff, and students. Under the leadership and direction of the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, TCCS operates through four directorates: Networks and Telecommunications, Administrative Computing, Academic Technology, and IT Support Services.

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is the leading international body monitoring conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide. At the request of the United Nations, the Geneva-based IDMC runs an online database providing comprehensive information and analysis on internal displacement in some 50 countries. Based on its monitoring and data collection activities, the Centre advocates for durable solutions to the plight of the internally displaced in line with international standards.

Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) is in the School of Humanities at King’s College London. The primary objective of the CCH is to foster awareness, understanding and skill in the scholarly applications of computing. It operates in three main areas: as a department with responsibility for its own academic programme; as a research centre promoting the appropriate application of computing in humanities research; and as a unit providing collegial support to its sister departments in the School of Humanities. As a research centre, CCH is a member of the Humanities Research Centres, the School’s umbrella grouping of its research activities with a specifically inter-disciplinary focus.

CCH is also host to the AHRC ICT Methods Network, which is a major new initiative that provides a national forum for the exchange and dissemination of expertise in the use of ICT for Arts and Humanities research across the whole range of subjects covered by the AHRC.

Higher Education Digitisation Service (HEDS), University of Hertfordshire

HEDS provides consultancy and production services for digitisation and digital resource development and management. HEDS serves higher education, museums, galleries, public and national libraries, archives and other not-for-profit organisations.

Advice on legal, copyright and privacy issues

Prof. Charles Oppenheim, Dept. of Information Science, Loughborough University


  • Barry Lowenhoff (visual presentation)
  • John Pilbeam (web implementation)


The FMO team would also like to acknowledge the organizations that have allowed us to make use of their tools, content or other materials:


FMO’s cataloguing standards are derived from the Standard Formats for the Recording and Exchange of Bibliographic Information concerning Human Rights developed by HURIDOCS; in addition, two HURIDOCS Micro-Thesauri are sources for the controlled lists used in the Dublin Core fields, “Language,” “Publisher Country,” and “Coverage - geography” (see Micro-thesauri: A Tool for Documenting Human Rights Violations).


JSTOR has provided FMO with the complete back run of International Migration Review (IMR).


The refugee agency has given the FMO team permission to use their photographs and maps. Each individual item includes a specific credit. In addition, FMO applies subject terms to its catalogue records for the Digital Library and Web Catalogue that are taken from UNHCR’s International Thesaurus of Refugee Terminology.


Research Guides



  • Katia Hamza
  • Felicity Heyworth
  • Jennifer Wise


  • John Briestansky
  • Richard Gartner
  • Mark Hester
  • Richard Jones
  • Emma Leeson
  • Judith Siefring


  • Harold Short
  • Paul Spence

FMO Academic Advisors

The following have kindly provided academic support or advice to FMO before or since it was launched 2001. In some cases this has involved peer review of research. We greatly appreciate their support:

  • Howard Adelman, CRS, York University
  • Alistair Ager, University of Edinburgh
  • David Arnott
  • Jon Bennett, Independent Consultant
  • Nina M Birkeland
  • Wolfgang Bosswick, Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg
  • Jo Boyden, QEH, University of Oxford
  • Stephen Castles, IMI, University of Oxford
  • Geraldine Chatelard
  • Dawn Chatty, RSC, University of Oxford
  • Gina Crivello
  • Beth Crosland
  • B.S. Chimni, Jawaharlal University
  • Jeff Crisp, UNHCR
  • Julie De Rivero
  • Randa Farah
  • Patricia Feeney
  • Matthew Gibney, RSC, University of Oxford
  • Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo
  • Guy Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford
  • Art Hansen, University of Florida
  • Jason Hart, RSC, University of Oxford
  • Barbara Harrell-Bond
  • Kevin Heppner, Karen Human Rights Group
  • Otto Hieronymi, Webster University, Geneva
  • Agnes Hurwitz
  • Karen Jacobsen, Tufts University
  • Wendy James, University of Oxford
  • Monica Juma
  • Tania Kaiser, SOAS, University of London
  • Gaim Kibreab, South Bank University, London
  • Khalid Koser, Brookings Institution
  • Gil Loescher
  • Cathie Lloyd, University of Oxford
  • Gillian Mann
  • Christopher McDowell, ICAR, City University
  • Larry Minear, Tufts University
  • NRC/Global IDP Project
  • Anthony Oliver-Smith, University of Florida
  • Peter Penz
  • Bayard Roberts, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Graeme Rodgers, RSC, University of Oxford
  • Hiram Ruiz
  • Bonaventure Rutwina, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Paul Ryder, RSC, University of Oxford
  • Seteney Shami, Social Science Research Council
  • Abbas Shiblak
  • Paul Spiegel, UNHCR
  • David Turton
  • Nicholas Van Hear, COMPAS, University of Oxford
  • Marc Vincent, OCHA
  • Vivien Margaret Walden, Oxfam
  • Ron Waldmam, Columbia University
  • Chris de Wet, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Laurence Whitehead, University of Oxford
  • Peter Woodward, Reading University
  • Helen Young, Tufts University
  • Roger Zetter, RSC, University of Oxford
Last updated Nov 20, 2013