This project aims to reframe debates about the roles and experiences of local communities and refugees in contexts of conflict-induced displacement in the global South, with a particular focus on displacement from Syria to neighbouring countries in the Middle East.

Through an interdisciplinary, participatory research approach, the researchers will develop a more nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities that arise when local communities engage in activities designed to enhance the quality of life of displaced populations. In so doing, the research aims to inform the development of policy, practice and service provision at local, national and international levels.

Meeting these aims will be significantly assisted by working closely with a range of project partners and collaborators that include: the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (a network of secular and faith-based NGOs, academics, and local communities); English-PEN and PEN-International; Save the Children’s Humanitarian Affairs Team (HAT); and Prof. Dame Marina Warner’s mobile storytelling initiative, Stories in Transit.