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Dr Imogen Dobie

Lecturer in Twentieth-Century European History (Enhanced Research), History

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Imogen Dobie is a Lecturer in Twentieth Century European History. Her research focuses on humanitarian aid and its connection to forced migration and state bordering practices. She examines how aid agencies have historically responded to the movement of refugees and other displaced persons, asking what this teaches us about asylum, immigration policy and the principles and politics of emergency relief.

Before joining Swansea University, Imogen completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford, where she was based at the Refugee Studies Centre and was also Senior Scholar at Lincoln College. She holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, also from the University of Oxford. In 2022, Imogen was a visiting researcher at Yale University and she has also worked with the humanitarian sector on projects which use history to inform present day policymaking.

Imogen’s research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including the European Review of History and Humanity. She is currently working on her first book, provisionally entitled Rocking the Boat: the Provision of Humanitarian Aid at Sea.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Modern history (20th and 21st century)
  • History of humanitarianism
  • History of forced migration
  • Immigration, asylum policy and the global refugee regime
  • International development
  • Global and transnational history
  • Postcolonial approaches to history

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Teaching Interests

Imogen teaches across a range of modules at Swansea, including ‘Britain and the World, 1800-2000’, ‘The Practice of History’ and ‘Europe of Extremes’. She leads the second year module ‘Refugees in the Twentieth Century’ as well as an MA module entitled ‘The History of Humanitarianism 1863-1971’.

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