Migration is a constituent part of all societies. CLS works on the experiences, practices, and policies of migration in the context of conflict, violence, and crises. Our work has concentrated on the dynamics of long-term displacement and the tensions inherent in responses and solutions as well as how displaced people manage their existence in never-ending displacement. These long-term situations of displacement overlap with multiple emergencies and crises. Our work situates migration experiences and practices in relation to ongoing crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, financial crises, the Beirut explosion as well as the impact of other global crises.
With a migrant-centred approach, our work starts with the experience of migration, and we work with refugee-led organisations and initiatives put in place by migrants themselves. We also work on the political economy of forced migration policies and the close interaction between forced migration policies in the global south, assistance regimes and the wider interests of the international community.
We are currently working on several research collaborations and initiatives. We work closely with different groups of displaced persons, such as young people, social entrepreneurs, and teachers. The research is closely related to CLS’ other strategic areas namely education, disability, and social movements. Methodologically, our work is participatory, we use ethnography, art, and alternative forms of knowledge production. Our current research takes place in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.