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Jason Hart is a social anthropologist by training (BA, MA, Ph.D University of London). He joined the University of Bath in September 2009 after seven years as a researcher and lecturer at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. He is also Visiting Lecturer at the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies, University of Geneva

Much of Jason’s work has explored the experience of and institutional response to young people on the margins of society and the global economy. Themes such as protection, child rights, peacebuilding, home, militarisation and asylum have been central to this research. Much of his research has been undertaken in situations of political violence and displacement. Jason has worked in South Asia (Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Bhutan) and, increasingly, in the UK. However, his principal area of interest is the Middle East, particularly Israel / occupied Palestinian territories and Jordan.

Jason has been employed as a consultant author, researcher, evaluator and trainer by various UN, governmental and non-governmental organisations. These include UNICEF, Save the Children, PLAN, Care International, and the Canadian International Development Agency. He has also served as an advisor to the UN in the formulation of studies, guidelines and policies.

Research interests

  • Healthy Housing for the Displaced. Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council/ GCRF 2016-2020
  • The Moral Economy of Children's Rights: The UNCRC and International Development. British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 2013-14
  • Protecting Palestinian Children: whose concepts? whose politics? 2007-2009. Funded by the East-West Trust and the Council for British Research in the Levant
  • The Global Political Economy of Childhood Poverty 2007-2008. Funded by DfID through Young Lives, Department of International Development, Univ. of Oxford
  • Children’s Everyday Lives in Political Violence and Economic Uncertainty 2004-2006. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through Johns Hopkins University

Recent and current doctoral supervision

  • Kate Pincock: ‘F**king Not Kissing: Teenage Girlhood and Sexual Agency in Rural Tanzania’
  • Anna Kvittingen: ‘Displacing Needs: The Politics of Humanitarian Aid to Refugees in Jordan’
  • Frances Johnson: ‘Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in the UK: Childhood, Agency and Integration
  • Hilary Aked: ‘Israeli state power and the Zionist movement in the UK’
  • Elise Reslinger: ‘In the shadows of the French asylum system: shedding light on home-making practices of accompanied children in Bretagne’
  • Isabelle Schäfer: ‘Integration of forced migrants in the United Kingdom: the role of Higher Education Institutions’



  • University of Oxford: Outstanding Teaching Award (2008-9)
  • University of Bath: John Willis Award (2011-12)

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, Doctor of Philosophy, Goldsmiths, University of London

Social Anthropology, Master of Arts, School of Oriental and African Studies

Middle Eastern studies, Bachelor of Arts, School of Oriental and African Studies

External positions

Visting Lecturer, University of Geneva

Jan 2017 → …

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Projects 2013 2022

Philip Proudfoot BA PostDoc Fellowship

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Project: Research council

Ph.D studentship

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Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Healthy Housing for Refugees in Extreme Climates

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Project: Research council

occupied territory
Palestinian territories

GCRF - Healthy Housing for Refugees

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Project: Research council

Research Output 2002 2018

Childhood (re)materialized: bringing political-economy into the field

Hart, J. & Boyden, J., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Reimagining Childhood Studies . Spyrou, S., Rosen, R. & Cook, D. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

political economy
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Hot Temperature

Shelter as Home: Syrian home-making in Jordanian refugee camps

Hart, J., Paszkiewicz, N. & Albadra, D., 1 Dec 2018, In : Human Organization . 77, 4, p. 371-380 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Syrians yes, Iraqis no: the startling disparity in Britain’s asylum decisions

Hart, J., 8 Mar 2018, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Space and Enclosure in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Keeping Children Safe

Hart, J., 2017, Conflict, Violence and Peace. Skelton, T., Harker, C. & Horschelmann, K. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Vol. 11. p. 215 - 232 18 p. (Geographies of Children and Young People).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Data for 'Toward healthy housing for the displaced'

Albadra, D. (Creator), Coley, D. (Creator), Hart, J. (Creator), University of Bath, 11 Jan 2018



Living with landmines: mine action, development and wellbeing in post-conflict societies – a case study in Cambodia

Author: Davies, G., 18 Aug 2015

Supervisor: White, S. (Supervisor) & Hart, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


The things they learned: aspiration, uncertainty, and schooling in rural Rwanda

Author: Williams, T., 2 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Hart, J. (Supervisor) & Ridge, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD