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Dr Hanno Brankamp joined the Department of Geography as Lecturer in Human Geography in January 2020. He holds a BA in Area Studies Africa from Humboldt University of Berlin and an MLitt in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews. He received his doctorate from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, in 2019.

His research is concerned with humanitarianism and violence, refugees and forced migration, policing and encampment, and the political geographies of postcolonial Africa more broadly.

He has previously worked as a graduate attaché for the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) in Nairobi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, and for the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation (FES) in Amman, Jordan.

He is currently co-coordinator for the Africa Research Group in the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers (Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung).


  • Humanitarianism
  • Forced migration and displacement
  • Camps and carceral geographies
  • Police and policing
  • Political geography of Africa

Hanno’s doctoral research ethnographically explored the geographies of enforcing order in the paradigmatic humanitarian space of the refugee camp. It focused specifically on the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya but provided a reading of the spatial, governmental, and discursive effects of policing camps, refugees and non-citizen populations that resonates beyond this context and is especially relevant for the wider global South.




Further details

See Hanno's research profile