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Miriam Bradley

Miriam Bradley

Associate Professor

Master's in International Development Co-coordinator


Miriam is an Associate Professor at IBEI. Prior to joining IBEI she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and teaching positions at University College London, the University of Oxford, and Oxford Brookes University. She also previously worked in the Humanitarian Research Group at INSEAD, and in the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute.

Working across three sub-disciplines of IR—international governance, international law, and international security— Miriam's research examines international responses to conflict, violence and migration. She is especially interested in how theoretical approaches from IR can enhance understanding of humanitarian policy and practice, and how such policy and practice can in turn shed light on theoretical questions from IR. Miriam uses qualitative methods, and she has carried out extensive fieldwork in Colombia, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Miriam's first book, Protecting Civilians in War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She is currently finishing a second book, The Politics & Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism, also for Oxford University Press.

Miriam welcomes applications for PhD supervision on topics relating to conflict and violence in Latin America, migration and refugees, and international humanitarianism.

Background and education

  • (2012) DPhil in International Relations, Oxford University
  • (2008) MSc Forced Migration, Oxford University
  • (2005) MSc Development Studies, Birkbeck College (London)
  • (2002) BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Oxford University



Research interests

  • Urban violence
  • Armed Conflicts
  • Non-state armed actors
  • Forced Migration
  • Humanitarianism

Selected publications

  • Bradley, Miriam.2021.Five shades of grey: variants of 'political' humanitarianism.Disasters,doi.org/10.1111/disa.12512Link
  • Bradley, Miriam.2021.Pandillas, crimen organizado y violencia urbana.In:

    Lesley-Ann Daniels y Martijn Vlaskamp (coords.)

    Violencia Política.Tecnos.Link
  • Bradley, Miriam.2020.From armed conflict to urban violence: transformations in the International Committee of the Red Cross, international humanitarianism, and the laws of war.European Journal of International Relations,Link
  • Bradley, Miriam.2019.Unintended consequences of adjacency claims: the function and dysfunction of analogies between refugee protection and IDP protection in the work of UNHCR.Global Governance,25(4):620-644LinkLogo open access
  • Bradley, Miriam.2019.All lives are equal but some lives are more equal than others: staff security and civilian protection in the humanitarian sector.Journal of Humanitarian Affairs,1(2)LinkLogo open access
  • Bradley, Miriam.2017.The impact of armed conflict on displacement.Dublin:Concern Worldwide, 2017 (background paper commissioned for Concern’s 50th Anniversary Conference).Link
  • Bradley, Miriam.2016.Protecting civilians in war: the ICRC, UNHCR, and their limitations in internal armed conflicts.Oxford:Oxford University Press.Link
  • Bradley, Miriam.2016.UNHCR and accountability for IDP protection in Colombia.In: Kristina Bergtora Sandvik & Katja Lindskov Jacobsen (eds.).UNHCR and the struggle for accountability: technology, law and results-based management.Abingdon:Routledge.Link
  • Bradley, Miriam.2014.Sri Lanka: limited humanitarian action -or a lesson in the limits of humanitarian action?.International Development Policy,6 (1)LinkLogo open access
  • Slim, Hugo; Bradley, Miriam

    2013.Principled humanitarian action and ethical tensions in multi-mandate organizations.Geneva:World Vision International.Link
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