Research partnerships for Martin James Foundation

Martin James Foundation has a number of research partnerships with universities. These partnerships give valuable insight into the importance of family-based and trauma-informed care services.

The foundation has partnered with Oxford University to develop a greater understanding of gender in forced migration, including the issues of care and welfare of children and the organisation of family life.

Catherine Briddick was appointed as a Martin James Departmental Lecturer in Gender and Forced Migration in September 2018. Previously undertaking research posts within the Refugees Studies Centre and the Department of International Development, Catherine has worked as a barrister supporting victims of forced migration. She is also a trustee of Asylum Welcome, a member of Asylum Aid’s Women’s Advisory Committee and the former chair of Asylum Aid (now the Migrants Resource Centre).

Since her appointment she has contributed to multiple publications on topics such as the rights of migrant women and impact of immigration law on women’s human rights. She has also started delivering an eight-week course on Gender and Forced Migration for students on the Refugee Studies Centre’s Forced Migration and Migration Studies Masters programmes.

The foundation is also working with Dr Justin Rogers, University of Bath, and Dr Victor Karunan (Thammasat University, Thailand) to explore alternative care arrangements made for children who are unable to live with their parents in Thailand.

And, we’ve partnered with Professor Elizabeth Harlow, University of Chester who is scoping the development of a centre of excellence here in the UK.