Master's in International Development Co-coordinator
Miriam is an Associate Professor at IBEI. She is also a Senior Research Associate in the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London. Prior to joining IBEI in 2014, 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 (France), and in the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (UK).
Working across three sub-disciplines of IR—international governance, international law, and international security—Miriam studies international responses to conflict, violence and migration. She has four main lines of research: (1) the protection of civilians in civil wars; (2) the politics, principles and practice of international humanitarianism; (3) migration, refugees and displacement; and (4) the protection of civilians in contexts of criminal violence. Miriam uses qualitative methods, and she has carried out extensive fieldwork in Colombia, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her main current project, PRO-MEX, investigates how different actors seek to protect populations at risk from large-scale criminal violence, with a focus on Mexico.
Miriam is the author of The Politics & Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism (Oxford University Press, 2022) and Protecting Civilians in War (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Miriam welcomes applications for PhD supervision on topics relating to conflict and violence in Latin America, the protection of civilians, the governance of 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
- 2022. Spanish Ministry of Education José Castillejo Mobility Grant, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City
- 2020. Mundus MAPP Visiting Scholar, Central European University, Budapest
- 2017. Visiting Scholar, St John's College, Oxford
- 2012. Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester prize for the most outstanding thesis in International Relations at the University of Oxford
- 2008-2011. Sassoon Scholar, St Antony's College, Oxford
- 2007-2008. Jackson Scholar, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
Professional memberships & affiliations
- Civil wars
- Criminal violence
- Protecting people in the context of organized criminal violence: The case of Mexico (PRO-MEX) (Coordinator | Researcher | Contact person)
- Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios (GLOBE) (Researcher)
- 2022.A humanitarian agency in global migration governance: ICRC migration policy and practice.In:
Antoine Pécoud & Hélène Thiollet (eds.).Handbook on the Institutions of Migration Governance.Cheltenham:Edward Elgar (forthcoming).
- 2022.Human security in armed conflict: norms, agendas and actors for protecting civilians.In:
Gerd Oberleitner (ed.).Research Handbook on International Law and Human Security.Cheltenham:Edward Elgar.Link
- 2022.The politics and everyday practice of international humanitarianism.Oxford:Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
- 2021.Five shades of grey: variants of 'political' humanitarianism.Disasters,doi.org/10.1111/disa.12512Link
- 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
- 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):620-644Link
- 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):13-22Link
- 2016.Protecting civilians in war: the ICRC, UNHCR, and their limitations in internal armed conflicts.Oxford:Oxford University Press.Link
- 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
- 2013.International humanitarian law, non-state armed groups, and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia.Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies,4 (1):108-134Link