Professor Dawn Chatty

dawn chatty

BA PhD UCLA, MA ISS The Hague, MPhil Oxf; FBA

Professor Dawn Chatty

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology & Forced Migration
Former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, 2011-2014

Emeritus Fellow 



Dawn Chatty was Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, and is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology & Forced Migration, University of Oxford. She is a social anthropologist with long experience in the Middle East as a university teacher and development practitioner. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, at the State University of California at San Diego, at the American University of Beirut, at the University of Damascus, at Sultan Qaboos University and since 1996 at the University of Oxford.

She has worked with the regional offices of various international agencies including UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, IFAD, and USAID. Her research interests include nomadic pastoralism and conservation, gender and development, health, illness and culture, children and adolescents in prolonged conflict and forced migration, and development-induced displacement. Her recent publications include:

  • Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • Mobile Pastoralists: Development Planning and Social Change. New York: Columbia University press, 1996
  • Organizing Women: Formal and Informal Women's Groups in the Middle East. Oxford: Berghahn, 1997
  • Conservation and Mobile Indigenous People: Displacement, Forced Settlement and Sustainable Development. Oxford: Berghahn, 2002
  • Children of Palestine: Experiencing Forced Migration in the Middle East. Oxford, Berghahn, 2005
  • Nomadic Societies in the Middle East and North Africa: Facing the 21st Century. Leiden Brill, 2007
  • Syria: the Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State, London and New York: Hurst Publishers and Oxford University Press (2018)

Dawn has recently had an opinion article published for Al-Jazeera, you can read it here.