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Rift Valley Institute

Making local knowledge work

Laura Hammond is Head of the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. She has worked on the Somali territories since 1998 and has written widely about migration, displacement and diasporas. She is the author of This Place Will Become Home: Refugee Repatriation to Ethiopia (2004) and co-editor with Christopher Cramer and Johan Pottier of Researching Violence in Africa: Methodological and Ethical Considerations (2011). She is an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a Fellow in Development Policy at the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in Mogadishu.