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James Milner

Refugees and forced migration; Peacebuilding; United Nations and global governance; Humanitarian action

Degrees:BA (Toronto) MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2211
Office:A629 Loeb Building

Associate Professor

James Milner has been a researcher, practitioner and policy advisor on issues relating to the global refugee regime, global refugee policy and the politics of asylum in the global South. In recent years, he has undertaken field research in Burundi, Guinea, Kenya, India, Tanzania and Thailand, and has presented research findings to stakeholders in New York, Geneva, London, Ottawa, Bangkok, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and elsewhere. He has worked as a Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in India, Cameroon, Guinea and its Geneva Headquarters. He is author of Refugees, the State and the Politics of Asylum in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), co-author (with Alexander Betts and Gil Loescher) of UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (Routledge, 2012), and co-editor of Protracted Refugee Situations: Political, Human Rights and Security Implications (UN University Press, 2008). Before joining Carleton, he was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto (2006-08) and a Trudeau Scholar at the University of Oxford (2003-06). He is currently Research Director for the World Refugee Council, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

Selected Publications

“Power in the Global Refugee Regime: Understanding Expressions and Experiences of Power in Global and Local Contexts”, Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, Vol. 33, no. 1, March 2017, with Krystyna Wojnarowicz.

“Understanding global refugee policy”Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 27, no. 4, December 2014.

“Two steps forward, one step back: Understanding the shifting politics of refugee policy in Tanzania”, New Issues in Refugee Research, Paper no. 255, Geneva: UNHCR, July 2013.

UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection, Second Edition, Abingdon: Routledge, 2012, with Gil Loescher and Alexander Betts.

“Refugees and the peacebuilding process”New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper no. 224, Geneva: UNHCR, November 2011.

Refugees, the State and the Politics of Asylum in Africa, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Protracted Refugee Situations: Politics, Human Rights and Security Implications, Tokyo: UN University Press, 2008, with Gil Loescher, Edward Newman, and Gary Troeller (eds.).