Having enjoyed political science activities in both the academic and community settings, it is with enthusiasm that I would like to pursue a career in academia. I am keen to develop my academic career in a university setting or research institution as a teaching fellow or a postdoctoral researcher. The dream is to contribute all my research and teaching efforts to international policy and development.
The aim of my PhD study was to investigate the linkages and misalignments between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) ‘top-down’ policy development on durable solutions with a detailed exploration of the ‘bottom-up’ views of actual refugees and displaced migrants. Refugee groups have significant political capacity and considerable interest in shaping durable solutions to suit their needs. However, this thesis argues that evidence suggests that there is insufficient awareness among refugees on how the development of policy at UNHCR level are actually informed by the refugee perspectives. There are notable asymmetries between the policy development of UNHCR and the actual perspectives of refugees that can explain why aspects of UNHCR’s durable solutions continue to be controversial and not always that successful.