Dr Diana Martin

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Dr Diana Martin
Laurea Deagree (BA+MA) in Oriental Languages and Cultures (major in Arabic and History and Politics of the Middle East) - University Ca' Foscari, Venice, UK; MA in Cultural Geography (Research) – Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; PhD in Human Geography – Durham University, UK
Researcher Field/Legal RECAP projcet
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Globalization & Development, Human rights, International Law, International Relations, Politics, Social Sciences
Research keywords:
Refugees; Humanitarian Accountability; refugee camps; Jungle; refugee management; asylum; protection;
Africa, Europe, Middle East
Summary of research interests and expertise:
She is a political geographer with an interest in responses to forced migration, the spatiality of refuge (in particular the use of refugee camps, hospitality centres and detention centres to manage migrants, refugees and asylum seekers), and the relationship between temporariness and permanency in relation to forced displacement and states’ responses to forced displacement. Her most recent publications and research include investigations on the relationship between formal and informal refugee camps and the relationship between humanitarian and development interventions in refugee hosting areas. At present I work on the RECAP (Research capacity building and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics) research project looking at protection and accountability in humanitarian settings.
Spoken Written
Italian Fluent Fluent
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
20-Jun-2019 Rethinking the Camp: On Spatial Technologies of Power and Resistance

Journal articles

Peer-Reviewed agenda setting paper. Co-authored with Claudio Minca and Irit Katz

15-Dec-2018 Networks of Encampments and ‘Travelling’ Emergencies: The Bologna Hub between Carceral Geographies and Spaces of Transition


Co-authored with Loris Bacchetta

15-Dec-2018 Camps Revisited: Multifaceted Spatialities of a Modern Political Technology

Edited Book

Co-edited with Irit Katz and Claudio Minca

15-Dec-2018 Camps Reconsidered


Introduction to edited volume co-authored with Irit Katz and Claudio Minca

15-Jan-2016 Ludic geographies


Co-authored with Tara Woodyer and Sean Carter

01-Jan-2015 From spaces of exception to ‘campscapes’: Palestinian refugee camps and informal settlements in Beirut

Journal articles

Peer-reviewed paper

28-Oct-2014 ‘#ArabsAndJewsRefuseToBeEnemies: Everyday Geopolitics of Peace’



11-Jun-2014 Polarisation and cohesion in divided cities


Book review

15-Jun-2012 Ganapathy-Doré, G, and Ramsey-Kurz, H. (eds.) On the move. The journey of refugees in new literatures in English


Book review

01-Dec-2009 The new geopolitics of responsibility in Barack Obama's Cairo speech


Consultancy reports:

Date Details
2019 Report for participating partners on scoping study tour in Kiryandongo Settlement concerning messaging for sustainability of water provision

Report on scoping study on messaging and water access in refugee settlements in Uganda. Co-authored with Julia Brown

2012 Mid-Term Review: Protecting the Right to Access to Adequate Housing (September 2010-November 2012)

Mid-term evaluation report for the Legal Resources Centre. Co-authored with Sonya Boezak, Sarita Ranchod and Tuli Madi)

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Bursting the humanitarian ‘balloon’ and bridging the humanitarian-development divide? Water provision in refugee hosting areas of Uganda

The project was funded by GCRF Fund (University of Portsmouth). The aim of the project is to establish academic and parctitioner links to explore the sustainability of water access in refugee hosting areas in Uganda.

RECAP (Research capacity building and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics)

RLI focus: Accountability & Protection in Forced Displacement Contexts This research project addresses the legal and other frameworks of accountability for humanitarian actors, focusing on protection in relation to displaced populations in crisis contexts. RECAP is a four-year research project that started in 2018, focusing on the health and protection sectors in humanitarian response. Its purpose is to conduct research and strengthen research capacity to help improve decision-making and accountability in response to humanitarian crises. RECAP is a partnership between universities in the United Kingdom, Sierra Leone and Lebanon, along with leading humanitarian NGOs including Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Rescue Committee. RECAP is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Within the RECAP project, the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) leads research on protection and accountability for humanitarian organisations.

Responding to and managing refugees’ flows: Between institutional and makeshift camps

The project investigates European states’ responses to migration and the kind of geographies (formal and informal) these responses produce. In particular, I investigate the complex relationship between formal reception centres (set up by European and national authorities), and more informal geographies produced by refugees themselves.

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 15-Jan-2020
Until: 31-Jan-2023
Responding to and managing refugees’ arrivals: Between institutional centres and informal camps

Mr Otto Wolf, University of Portsmouth The project looks at the UK's management of refugees and asylum seekers.

From: 01-Sep-2016
Until: 31-Aug-2020
The Community of Values and its Openness to Non-Citizens: Documenting the Experience of Syrian Asylum Seekers, Refugee and Immigrants in Algeria

Miss Sarra Menal-Farkache (University of Portsmouth). The project looks at Algeria's response to the arrival of Syrian refugees in the country by looking, in particular, at discourses of inclusion and exclusion in Algerian society and national community.

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Royal Geographical Society Conference coordinator for the Political Geography Research Group
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