New resource: Brookings Internally Displaced Persons Archive

We are pleased to announce that the Brookings Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Archive can now be consulted by readers in the Weston Library.  The Bodleian Libraries acquired the Brookings IDP archive in 2017, in close collaboration with the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC).  Cataloguing was generously funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.  The archive, covering the period 1983-2012, includes papers relating to the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement which were launched in 1998.

The most recent issue (59) of Forced Migration Review (FMR), available online and in print in the SSL, marks the 20th anniversary of these Guiding Principles and focusses on both their successes and limitations.

The Brookings IDP archive also includes papers and audio-visual material relating to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General (RSG) on internally displaced persons, covering the RSG’s interactions with individual countries, and the RSG’s relationship with the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.

The archive, which complements the unique refugee-related collections held in the SSL, can be searched via the catalogue and the documents consulted in the Weston Library.

Refugee and forced migration studies at the SSL

Did you know that the SSL houses the largest collection in the world of unpublished and semi-published ‘grey literature’ on refugee studies and forced migration?

Refugee Studies grey literature

Most of the materials have a geographical orientation, dealing with policy or practice in a particular region or country. Strengths include southern and East Africa, western Europe, the Middle East, and South and South East Asia.  Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the study of forced migration, subjects covered include psycho-social issues, human rights, refugee law, relief administration, anthropology, sociology, international affairs, education, health and nutrition.  Date coverage is mostly from the mid-1980s to the present day.

You can search for refugee studies grey literature via SOLO where you will also find online versions of 3,000 of the documents along with a further 2,700 reports, articles and working papers from other organisations.  These items were all originally digitised for the Forced Migration Online Digital Library.

Records for print and online versions of refugee studies document in SOLO

For more information see our Libguide on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.