Welcome to the personal website of Dr Ceri Oeppen.  I’m a social scientist researching issues to do with Afghanistan, the Afghan diaspora, migration, transnationalism, development and humanitarianism.  Have a look round!

Complexities and Challenges in Afghan Migration

In April I wrote a blogpost about a workshop on Afghan migration, which I attended in Brussels. The policy brief summarising the discussions at this workshop has now been published, and can be downloaded using the link below. Complexities and Challenges in Afghan Migration Policy Brief If you have any comments please share them!

Afghan Migration workshop, Brussels, April 9-8th 2013

What are the complexities and challenges in Afghan migration?  This was the guiding question for a two-day workshop I just attended in Brussels.  Check the twitter hashtag #afgmig for some of the ‘live highlights’ but I want to briefly reflect on some of the things that I found interesting about the workshop.  Firstly though, my … Continue reading

Approaches to activism in policy-relevant research

We, as academic researchers, operate in an environment where gaining research funding necessitates that we demonstrate the wider impact of our research, namely the potential relevance of our research findings to multiple audiences, including policy-makers.  To demonstrate potential impact we are encouraged to furnish our funding proposals with indications of support from policy-makers.  The financial … Continue reading

Fieldwork with Afghans in Norway

I’m writing this from PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) in Norway where I’ll be based whilst I do the Norway fieldwork for the PREMIG project (the other fieldwork sites are London and Kabul). Between now and April 2012 I’ll be interviewing Afghans living in Norway.  I am interested in the connections Afghans in Norway feel … Continue reading

The impact of overseas conflict on UK communities

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation recently launched the findings of a selection of projects it funded under its Globalisation, UK Poverty and and Communities programme. I was involved, with colleagues at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR), in a project about the impacts of overseas conflict on UK communities.  As our starting point we chose … Continue reading