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Professor Giorgia Dona

Giorgia Dona is co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging

    Giorgia Doná is Professor of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies, co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research focuses on forced migration and refugee movements, violence and society, child protection and psycho-social assistance, with a geographical focus on Central America and East Africa.

    She has held positions at the Oxford University's Refugee Studies Programme, the Child Studies Unit of University College Cork, Ireland, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Giorgia has undertaken consultancy work for UNICEF, governments, and non-governmental organisations, and her research has been funded by, amongst others, the European Community, the Leverhulme Trust, the UK Department for International Development and the UK Department of Health.

    Areas of expertise

    Refugee journeys and social media 
    Genocide narratives
    Child and youth migration
    Participatory research methodologies

    Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    Editorial Board member, Critical Childhood and Youth Studies: Theoretical Explorations and Practices in Clinical, Educational, Social and Cultural Settings Book Series, Lexington Books

    Member of the Independent Advisory Group on Country of Origin Information,  Home Office, convened by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

    Country of origin expert (Rwanda) for Refugee Legal Aid

    Book Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care

    Economic and Social Research Council, UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership (Sociology Pathway joint leader)


    Refugee and forced migration studies

    Ethnic conflict and communal violence

    Child protection in humanitarian emergencies

    Trauma and psycho-social interventions

    Participatory research methodologies

    Giorgia is interested in hearing from potential PhD candidates wanting to research in the above areas


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    Doná, G. (2019) The Marginalised in Genocide Narratives. Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge

    Godin, M. and Doná, G. (submitted) Mobile phones and techno-border-scapes: rethinking migrants’ belonging, survival and citizenship, Special Issue on Migration Trajectories and Transnational Support, Guest editors Özge Bilgili, Richard Staring and Erik Snel, Journal of Ethnic and Migration (JEMS)

    Doná, G. (2018) Situated bystandership during and after the Rwandan genocide, Journal of Genocide Research, 20(1):1-19

    Doná, G. (2018) and Bloch, A. (2018) Reflecting on the past, thinking about the future: Forced Migration in the 21st century, in A. Bloch  and G. Doná (eds.) Forced Migration: Key Issues and Debates (Abingdon-On-Thames: Routledge)

    Doná, G. and Godin, M. (2018)  Mobile technologies and forced migrants in informal contexts, in A. Bloch  and G. Doná (eds.) Forced Migration: Key Issues and Debates. Abingdon-On-Thames: Routledge

    Bloch, A. and Doná, G. (2018) Forced Migration: Key Issues and Debates. Abingdon-On-Thames: Routledge

    Bloch, A. and Doná, G. (2018) ) Forced migration: Setting the scene, in A. Bloch  and G. Doná (eds.) Forced Migration: Key Issues and Debates. Abingdon-On-Thames: Routledge

    Doná, G. (2017) The representational burden, Soundings, 104-106

    Doná G. (2017) The Politics of Migration in Italy: Perspectives on Local Debates and Party Competition. By P. C. Gattinara, Abingdon, Routledge (Book review) Refuge, 33(1): 107-108

    Godin, M. and Doná, G. (2016) ‘Refugee voices’ New social media and the politics of representation. Refuge, 32(1): 60-71

    Doná, G. and Young, M. (2016) Refugees and forced migrants, in D. L. Sam and J. W. Berry (Eds) Cambridge Handbook of Acculturation Psychology (2nd Edition), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.153-172

    Doná, G. (2015) Making homes in limbo: embodied virtual “homes” in prolonged conditions of displacement, Refuge 31(1): 67-73

    Doná, G. and Taylor, H. (2015) The ‘peaks and troughs’ of societal violence: Revisiting the actions of the Turkish and Kurdish shopkeepers during the 2011 London riots, Sociological Research Online, 20(1)

    Doná, G. and Veale, A. (2014) Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalization: Key Themes and Future Directions, in Veale, A. and Doná, G. (eds) Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 234-244

    Doná, G. (2014) The psychological impact of working in post-conflict environments: A reflexive account on intersectional traumatization, Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 12 (1):91-94 (summary translated in Arabic, French, Russian, Pashto, Sinhala, Spanish and Tamil)

    Doná, G. (2014) Forced Migration, and Material and Virtual Mobility Among Rwandan Children and Young People, in Veale, A. and Doná, G. (eds) Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation, Basingstoke, Palgrave , 113-139

    Veale, A. and Doná, G. (2014) Complex Migrations, Migrant Child and Family Life Trajectories and Globalization, in Veale, A. and Doná, G. (eds) Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 1-20

    Doná, G. (2014) Psychology and the refugee experience, in Saths Cooper and Kopano Ratele (eds) Volume 2 Majority and Western World Psychology, Psychology Serving Humanity: Applications, London: Taylor and Francis, Psychology Press, 144-168

    Doná, G. (2014) Intersectional traumatization: The psychological impact of researching genocide on international and national researchers, in I. Macek, I. (ed) Engaging Violence, London: Routledge, pp. 91-110

    Doná, G. (2013) Interconnected modernities, ethnic relations and violence, Current Sociology, 61(2): 226-243

    Doná, G. and Veale, A. (2013) Divergent discourses, children and forced migration, in N. Tyrrell, A. White, C. Ni Laoire, and F. Carpena Mendez (eds) Transnational Migration and Childhood, Taylor and Francis, pp. 115-131

    Doná, G. (2012) Being young and of mixed ethnicity, Forced Migration Review, 40:16-17
    Translated in Spanish, French and Arabic

    Doná, G. (2011) Researching children and violence in evolving socio-political contexts, in, J. Pottier, L. Hammond and C. Cramer (eds) Caught in the Crossfire: Ethical and Methodological Challenges to Researching Violence in Africa, Leiden: The Netherlands: Brill Publishers, pp. 39-59

    Doná, G. and Veale, A. (2011) Divergent discourses, children and forced migration, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37(8): 1273-1289.

    Doná, G. (2010) Rethinking wellbeing: from contexts to processes, International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 6(2): 3-14

    Doná, G. (2010) Collective suffering and cyber-memorialisation in post-genocide Rwanda, in M. Broderick and A. Traverso (eds) Trauma, Media, Art: New Perspectives, Newcastle on Tyne Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 16-35.


    Refugee university education in Jordan: effects on education and employment progression, social integration, and personal wellbeing” Global Challenge Fund (2018)

    OLive (Open Learning Initiative) short courses for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Union, with Central European University, University of Vienna and European Network Against Racism (team member, 2016–2018)

    Femicide across Europe network grant - EU COST programme (2013–2017)

    Bystanders to the 2011 London riots: motivations, roles and decision-making strategies of direct and virtual bystanders (UEL Small research grants, 2013)

    Bystanders to genocide (UEL University wide sabbatical scheme, 2013)

    Regional diasporas and transnational reconciliation (UEL small research grants, 2012)

    Bystanders to the Rwandan genocide: Revisiting genocide narratives and reconciliation initiatives (Leverhulme Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust, 2008-2010)

    The banality of evil and the ordinariness of good (UEL Small research grants, 2010) 

    Department of Health, Evaluation of Harpweb, Health for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Portal (2009-2010)

    Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, Transitional Professional Development Scheme for Assisting Refugee Academics/Scholars at Risk (2009)p


    Introduction to Forced Migration

    Introduction to Conflict, Displacement and Human Security

    Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Social Change
    Research Methods for the Social Sciences
    Master Dissertations