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Dr John Campbell
“What prospect for asylum in the 21st Century”
15 November 2017

Dr John Campbell, Reader in the Anthropology of Africa and Law is a social anthropologist at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has carried out extensive research into the British Asylum System. Between January 2007 and January 2009 he undertook a research project “Refugees and the Law: An ethnography of the British Asylum System”. This sought to follow refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia who were seeking asylum in the UK.

At the beginning of 2017, he published “Bureaucracy, Law and Dystopia in the United Kingdom’s Asylum System”, based on ethnographic research over a two-year period. The book analyses numerous asylum appeals as they go through the British courts and draws on a myriad of interviews with individuals and an examination of many state and non-state organisations with a view to understanding how the asylum system in the UK works.

In addition, Dr Campbell has undertaken research in Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia and the UK and development consultancy work in Ethiopia, Kenya and Botswana. He provides expert reports for Ethiopian and Eritrean asylum applicants.

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