Name: Dawn Chatty

Local: New York City, United States

Occupation: Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration

Fields of Expertise: Middle East ethnography (culture and society); nomadic peoples and conservation; dispossession and migration in the Middle East, gender and development, children and armed conflict (Palestinian, Sahrawi and Afghan refugee children)

Dawn Chatty is a Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. She is a social anthropologist with vast experience in the Middle East as a university professor, development practitioner, and advocate for indigenous people’s rights. Her doctoral research in Syria and Lebanon among Bedouin sheep herders as well as her later work among camel nomads in the Sultanate of Oman has given her a breath of field-based experience from the Levant to the Gulf. 

Her work, first on the ‘forced’ settlement of mobile peoples and later on the forced migration of settled peoples (Palestinian, Sahrawi, Afghan and Iraqi) has contributed to the broad spectrum of her research which includes a number of forced migration instances and development issues such as conservation-induced displacement, tribal settlement, modern technology and social change, gender and development, the agency of refugee youth, as well as the impact of prolonged conflict on the displaced. 

Chatty is both an academic anthropologist and a practitioner having carefully developed her career in universities in the United States, Lebanon, Syria and Oman as well as with a number of development agencies such as the UNDP, UNICEF, FAO and IFAD.  She was the Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford from 2011 to 2014.