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Lucas Oesch

Lucas Oesch

Postdoctoral researcher

Faculté ou Centre Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education
Unité de recherche RU IPSE
Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Bureau sur le campus MSH, E02 25-350
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Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 9572
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39572

I obtained a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, with a thesis entitled ‘Governing temporariness: The urban planning apparatus in Palestinian refugee camps and informal settlements in Amman’. I have spent several years doing fieldwork and living in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. I am currently interested in processes of refugee reception in urban settings, with a transversal perspective across countries in the global South and North.

Research interests

  • Forced migration and cities
  • Refugee reception: Reception facilities, refugee camps and informal settlements
  • Middle East
  • Political and urban geography

Current projects

REFUGOV - The governance of reception facilities for refugees in Luxembourg: local and global perspectives (2018-2021). Funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Principal investigator

CEASEVAL - Evaluation of the common European asylum system under pressure and recommendations for further development (2017-2019). Funded by the European Commission, Horizon 2020, Project partner and coordinator of the Work Package ‘Borders and the mobility of migrants’
http://ceaseval.eu/  

Languages

French (mother tongue), English (fluent in written and spoken), Arabic (spoken), German (basic knowledge)

Last updated on: mercredi 21 mars 2018

Academic Positions

Jul 2016-present: Postdoc, University of Luxembourg

Sep 2014-Jun 2016: Visiting research fellow, University of Manchester

Jan 2014-Aug 2014: Visiting research fellow, University of Lyon

Jun 2013-Dec 2013: Research associate, University of Neuchâtel

Nov 2006-Aug 2010: Teaching assistant, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Education

2012: PhD in Development Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

2006: Master in Development Studies, Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED), Geneva

2004: Bachelor and Master in Geography, University of Lausanne

Grants (most important)

2015-2016: Advanced postdoctoral mobility fellowship. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Principal investigator. Based at the University of Manchester.

2014-2015: Early postdoctoral mobility fellowship. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Principal investigator. Based at the University of Manchester and the University of Lyon

2010-2011: Prospective researcher fellowship. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Principal investigator. Based at the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO), Damascus.

2008-2010: Young researcher fellowship. Funded by the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE), Principal investigator. Based at the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO), Amman



Last updated on: 14 nov 2018

Teaching

  • Political Geography, Master in Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, with Dr C. Blondel (30h, in English)

Conference presentations (most recent)

  • “Luxemburgish implementation of the CEAS: Insights from a small-scale country”, with C. Paraschivescu, B. Nienaber, IMISCOE Annual Conference, Barcelona, 2-4 July 2018
  • “Reception facilities for refugees as spaces of ambiguity”, APAD conference, Roskilde University, 23-25 Mai 2018
  • “The Politics of Temporariness and the Materiality of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan”, Forced Migration and Social Integration in Jordan and the Middle East, IFPO Amman, 28-30 April 2018
  • “Refugee camps: Between temporary reception and semi-permanent urban spaces”, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 29 August-1 September 2017
  • “Temporary accommodation facilities for refugees in European cities: Between exclusion and inclusion”, IMISCOE Annual Conference, Rotterdam, 28-30 June 2017
  • “Cross-border forced migration and living between cities: Young Syrian adults in Beirut”, Association for Borderland Studies (ABS) Europe Conference, University of Luxembourg, 4-7 October 2016
  • “Transnational interurban spaces of forced migration in the Middle East”, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 31 August-2 September 2016
  • “The multiple rationalities of government in the refugee camp”, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 31 August-2 September 2016
  • “Urban refugee camps and the government of superdiversity”, Frontiers and Borders of Superdiversity, University of Birmingham, 23-24 June 2016
  • “The dispositif of urban planning in refugee camps in the Middle East”, Urban Arrival Infrastructures: An International Workshop on Migration and Cities in the 19th and 21st Century, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), 10‐11 December 2015
  • “Refugee camps and urban development”, Migrants in the City: New Dynamics of Migration in Urban Settings, University of Sheffield, 12-13 October 2015
  • “The refugee camp as a space of multiple ambiguities”, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, University of Exeter, 1-4 September 2015
  • “The multiple ambiguities of Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan”, BRISMES Annual Conference, LSE Middle East Centre, London, 24-26 June 2015
  • “Improvising Urban Development? Jordanian Planning Apparatus in Palestinian Refugee Camps and Informal Settlements”, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Chicago, 21-25 April 2015

Invited lectures (most recent)

  • “Les camps de réfugiés palestiniens en Jordanie: Entre espaces d’exception et lieux ordinaires”, Cours Géographie politique, University of Neuchâtel, 13 December 2017
  • “Conflits et camps de réfugiés : Le cas des réfugiés palestiniens dans les pays du Proche-Orient”, Cours Frontières et conflits dans le monde arabe, University of Geneva, 30 October 2017
  • “Doing research on refugees in cities”, Seminar Research on migration issues – reflecting the researchers’ position, IPSE Doctoral School, University of Luxembourg, 29 September 2016
  • “Camps and the politics of refugees in the global South”, Borders and Security in a Mobile World (3rd year undergraduate course), The University of Manchester, 9 May 2016
  • “Migrations forcées et mobilités au Moyen-Orient”, Séminaire Migrations forcées et aide humanitaire, University of Neuchâtel, 1 April 2015
  • “Les frontières invisibles des camps de réfugiés palestiniens et des quartiers informels à Amman?”, Séminaire Palestine: Frontières, circulations et inégalités dans les sociétés palestiniennes, EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), Paris, 13 March 2015



Last updated on: 14 nov 2018

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2019

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See detailRefugee reception within a common European asylum system: looking at convergences and divergences through a local-to-local comparison
Glorius, Birgit; Oesch, Lucas; Nienaber, Birte; Doomernik, Jeroen

in Erdkunde (2019), 73(1), 19-29

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See detailAsylum seekers and refugees’ lived experiences of borders and (im)mobility. The Case of Luxembourg
Paraschivescu, Claudia; Oesch, Lucas; Nienaber, Birte

Scientific Conference (2019)

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See detailNational report on the governance of the asylum reception system in Luxembourg
Vianelli, Lorenzo; Oesch, Lucas; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2019)

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2018

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See detailThe Politics of Temporariness and the Materiality of Refugee Camps
Oesch, Lucas

in Meeus, Bruno; Arnaut, Karel; van Heur, Bas (Eds.) Arrival Infrastructures: Migration and Urban Social Mobilities (2018)

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See detailLuxembourgish implementation of the Common European Asylum System: Insights from a small-scale country
Paraschivescu, Claudia; Oesch, Lucas; Nienaber, Birte

Scientific Conference (2018)

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2017

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2016

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See detailDes espaces d’ambiguïté: les camps de réfugiés palestiniens en Jordanie
Achilli, Luigi; Oesch, Lucas

in A Contrario (2016), (23), 17-36

See detailLes camps de réfugiés palestiniens au Proche-Orient: un provisoire qui dure
Achilli, Luigi; Oesch, Lucas

Book published by BSN press (2016)

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See detailEntre exception et ordinaire
Achilli, Luigi; Oesch, Lucas

in A Contrario (2016), (23), 3-16

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2015

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See detailThe Ambiguous Encampment of the World
Oesch, Lucas

in Jadaliyya (2015)

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See detailLe gouvernement des camps palestiniens en Jordanie à la croisée de différentes rationalités
Oesch, Lucas

in Bennafla, Karine (Ed.) Acteurs et pouvoirs dans les villes du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient (2015)

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2014

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See detailThe Urban Planning Strategy in Al-Hussein Palestinian Refugee Camp in Amman: Heterogeneous Practices, Homogeneous Landscape
Oesch, Lucas

in Hanafi, Sari; Hilal, Leila; Takkenberg, Lex (Eds.) UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees: From Relief and Works to Human Development (2014)

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See detailMobility as a Solution
Oesch, Lucas

in Forced Migration Review (2014), (47), 44

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Oesch, Lucas

in Crisyr (Carnet de recherche) (2014)

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2013

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See detailUn urbanisme sans ‘histoires’ : l’amélioration des conditions de vie dans l’habitat des réfugiés palestiniens à Amman
Oesch, Lucas

in Matthey, Laurent; Mager, Christophe; Gaillard, David; Gallezot, Hélène (Eds.) Faire des histoires ? Du récit d’urbanisme à l’urbanisme fictionnel (2013)

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2012

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2011

See detailVille jordanienne, refuge palestinien
Oesch, Lucas

Article for general public (2011)

See detailConference report
Oesch, Lucas

in IFPO (2011)

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See detailSituation ‘provisoire’
Oesch, Lucas; Van der Poel, Cedric

in Tracés (Bulletin technique de la Suisse romande) (2011), (7), 23-28

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2010

See detailRelèvement
Bocco, Riccardo; Harrisson, Pierre; Oesch, Lucas

in Chetail, Vincent (Ed.) Lexique de la consolidation de la paix (2010)

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2009

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See detailRecovery
Bocco, Riccardo; Harrisson, Pierre; Oesch, Lucas

in Chetail, Vincent (Ed.) Post-Conflict and Peacebuilding: A Lexicon (2009)

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2007

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See detailVidéosurveillance à Johannesburg : impacts sur la population et le territoire
Oesch, Lucas

in Geographica Helvetica (2007), 62(2), 123-131

See detailLe financement du développement : quelques portes d’entrée sur Internet
Oesch, Lucas

in Revue Internationale de Politique de Developpement (2007), 26(2), 251-259

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2005

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2004

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