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Marta Welander is currently a PhD candidate in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at University of Westminster. Her research focuses on European border violence in the context of the contemporary 'refugee crisis'.

Marta holds an MA in Human Rights & Democratic Governance from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights (EIUC), and an MA in International Relations from King’s College London. Prior to that, she obtained a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Arabic from the University of Westminster. 

Besides her current doctoral research, Marta is the executive director of the non-governmental human rights organisation Refugee Rights Europe (RRE). Under her leadership, the organisation has conducted extensive field research in refugee camps and settlements across Europe, interviewing and surveying more than 6,000 refugees and displaced people since February 2016. 


During the academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, Marta was a seminar leader on three undergraduate modules dealing with matters of sovereignty, intervention and global migration respectively. She has moreover led seminars on modules relating to migration, and taught sessions on human security on a short course for the Ministry of Defense. Marta has delivered various guest lectures and workshops relating to refugees and migration and is a keen participant in academic conferences. 


Over the course of her PhD studies, Marta has thus far published a number of short pieces on the Oxford Faculty of Law project 'Border Criminologies':

Welander, M. (2018) Migration, Human Rights and Fortress Europe: How Far Will European Leaders Go to Protect the EU’s Borders?. Available at: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/...]

Dangerous Borderlands: Human Rights for Displaced People on the French-Italian Border' (co-authored with Alice Lucas) [https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/...]

'Chios at Breaking Point: New Research Finds Humanitarian Support Must Be Strengthened, Not Withdrawn' (co-authored with Mohamad Alhussein Saoud) [https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/...]

In 2015-2016, Marta was a research fellow for FRAME, a large-scale collaborative research project focusing on the contribution of EU policies to the promotion of human rights worldwide, for which she conducted extensive field research among Syrian refugee camps and settlements in Lebanon.

Her master's thesis at EIUC was awarded as one of the best master's theses of the academic year of the regional programme of the Global Campus of human. It was entitled 'Civil society in exile, reconciliation and the future of Syria: the role of the emerging Syrian civil society in Lebanon' and can be accessed here: [https://globalcampus.eiuc.org/handle/20.500.11825/51]