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Miriam Bradley

Miriam Bradley

Assistant Professor


Miriam is an Assistant Professor in International Security. 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, 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 armed conflict and violence. 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's first book, Protecting Civilians in War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She is currently working on a second book, The Politics & Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism, also for Oxford University Press.

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


2017. Visiting Scholar, St John's College, Oxford

2012Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester prize for the most outstanding thesis in International Relations at the University of Oxford

2008-2011Sassoon Scholar, St Antony's College, Oxford

2007-2008. Jackson Scholar, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford


Research interests

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

Research projects

  • Urban violence

  • Security and protection in humanitarian discourse and practice

  • Principles of humanitarian action

  • Humanitarian advocacy

  • Armed non-state actors and civilian protection

Selected publications

  • Bradley, Miriam.2019.Unintended consequences of adjacency claims: the function and dysfunction of analogies between refugee protection and IDP protection in the work of UNHCRGlobal Governance,(forthcoming)
  • Bradley, Miriam.2017.The impact of armed conflict on displacementDublin: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 PressLink
  • 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:RoutledgeLink
  • Bradley, Miriam.2014.Sri Lanka: limited humanitarian action -or a lesson in the limits of humanitarian action?.International Development Policy,6 (1)Link
  • Bradley, Miriam.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)Link
  • Slim, Hugo; Bradley, Miriam

    2013.Principled humanitarian action and ethical tensions in multi-mandate organizations.Geneva:World Vision InternationalLink
  • Bradley, Miriam.2009.Protecting civilians in crisis: responding to the challenges of a changing worldBackground paper, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.,