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American born British refugee studies academic Barbara Harrell Bond Died at 86


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Barbara Harrell-Bond OBE was born on November 7, 1932 and died on July 11, 2018. She was a British American social scientist in the field of refugee studies. She founded the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, the world's first institution for the study of refugees. It now hosts an annual lecture series in her name called Barbara Harrell-bond lecture. On retirement (1996), she conducted research on the extent to which refugees enjoy their rights in exile in Kenya and Uganda. Furthermore, when in Uganda she founded the Refugee Law project in Uganda and later in Egypt. She also founded or helped to found refugee legal aid organizations in several locations, including the Refugee Law Project in Uganda and AMERA (Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance) in Egypt, and worked with many young refugee rights lawyers such as Michael Kagan. In 2000 she was invited to the American University in Cairo to establish another refugee studies programme. In 2005, Harrell-Bond was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to refugee studies. Barbara Harrell-Bond was born on November 7, 1932, and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She attended Asbury College in Kentucky where she studied music and later taught music, married, had three children, and began studying anthropology at the Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in 1965 where she earned an M.Litt. and a D.Phil. in social anthropology. Prior to founding the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, she was employed by the Department of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, the African Studies Centre, Leiden, Holland, the School of Law, University of Warwick, and the American Universities Field Staff. Barbara Harrell-Bond resided in Oxford, United Kingdom. She died at 85 years old.
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