Center on Forced Displacement supports research and engagement with the forced displacement and humanitarian emergencies that is truly interdisciplinary and of the highest scholarly and ethical standards. The Center identifies four intersecting, multi-disciplinary areas of focus described below.

To learn about our ongoing research, visit the current projects page.

If you want to connect with our team and discuss possibilities for collaboration or propose a project on any of our four research areas, please reach out to our team at 


Human Environments and Climates

Through partnerships with other institutions, individual researchers and practitioners, seed grants, and fellowships, we seek to engage in and support research on a broad range of topics related to climate, environment, and forced displacement.

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Art, Expression, Identities

CFD’s work in this area focuses on art by and about displaced people, the expressive modes developed in displacement, the translation and circulation of narratives of displacement, and the identities and communities built by displaced people.

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Healthy Lives and Meaningful Livelihoods

CFD’s focus in this area aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines in science, engineering, public health, law, humanities, and social sciences to analyze the current barriers faced by the forcibly displaced in accessing quality healthcare, and in identifying and developing ethical technological, social and policy approach in creating meaningful changes in their lives.

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Training and Ethical Engagement

CFD’s work in this area seeks both to understand how best to train and prepare humanitarian workers and to develop programs and curricula, experiential opportunities, and executive education.

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