Megan Bradley

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Institute for the Study of International Development
DPhil (PhD), Oxford

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Research Interests

Refugees and forced migration, human rights, transitional justice, humanitarianism, peacebuilding, international organizations, international development

Selected Publications


Megan Bradley, ed. Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice. Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.

At the start of 2015, more people were displaced globally by conflict and human rights violations than at any time since the Second World War. Although many of those displaced, from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Colombia, Kenya, and Sudan, have survived grave human rights abuses that demand redress, the links between forced migration, justice, and reconciliation have historically received little attention. This collection addresses the roles of various actors including governments, UN agencies, NGOs, and displaced persons themselves, raising complex questions about accountability for past injustices and how to support reconciliation in communities shaped by exile.

Forced Migration, Reconciliation, and Justice draws on a variety of disciplinary perspectives including political science, law, anthropology, and social work. The chapters range from case studies in states including Bosnia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Turkey, East Timor, Kenya, and Canada, to macro-level analyses of trends, interconnections, and theoretical dilemmas. The authors explore the contribution of trials and truth commissions, as well as the role of religious practices, oral history, theatre, and social interactions in addressing justice and reconciliation issues in affected communities. In doing so, they provide fresh insight into emerging debates at the centre of forced migration and transitional justice.

Megan Bradley (2013) Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Megan Bradley, ed. (forthcoming) Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Special issues

Co-editor (with Roger Duthie) of special issue of Journal of Refugee Studies on “Accountability and redress for the injustices of displacement” (2014).


Megan Bradley (2014) “Rethinking refugeehood: Statelessness, repatriation and refugee agency”, Review of International Studies 40(1).

Megan Bradley and Roger Duthie (2014) “Introduction: Accountability and redress for the injustices of displacement”, Journal of Refugee Studies 27(2).

Mike Asplet and Megan Bradley (2013) “Introductory Note to the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention)”, International Legal Materials 51(1).

Megan Bradley (2013) “Defining success in refugee repatriation”, World Politics Review, 3 December 2013.

Megan Bradley (2012) “‘Migrants in a feverland’: State obligations towards ‘environmental refugees’”, International Journal of Political Theory 8 (1-2).

Mike Asplet and Megan Bradley (2012) “Strengthened protection for internally displaced persons in Africa: The Kampala Convention comes into force”, American Society of International Law (ASIL) Insights 16(36).

Megan Bradley  (2011) “Unlocking protracted displacement: Central America’s ‘success story’ reconsidered”, Refugee Survey Quarterly 30(4).

Roberta Cohen and Megan Bradley (2010) “Disasters and displacement: Gaps in protection”, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 1(1).

Megan Bradley (2009) “Return in dignity: A neglected refugee protection challenge”, Canadian Journal of Development Studies 28(3).

Megan Bradley (2009) “Obstacles to realising Guiding Principle 29 in Afghanistan”, Forced Migration Review (Special Edition).

Megan Bradley (2008) “Back to basics: The conditions of just refugee returns”, Journal of Refugee Studies 21(3).

Megan Bradley (2008) “On the agenda: North-South research partnerships and agenda-setting processes” (lead article), Development in Practice 18(6).

Megan Bradley (2007) “Redress and refugees: Reflections on some recent literature” (review essay), Journal of Refugee Studies 20(4).

Megan Bradley (2007) “Refugee research agendas: The influence of donors and North-South partnerships”, Refugee Survey Quarterly 26(3).

Book chapters

Megan Bradley (forthcoming) “Introduction: The troubled intersection of forced migration, justice and reconciliation,” in M. Bradley (ed.) Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Megan Bradley (forthcoming) “Advancing the agenda: Implications for research, policy and practice,” in M. Bradley (ed.) Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Megan Bradley (forthcoming) “Whose agenda? Power and priorities in North-South research partnerships”, in L. Mougeot (ed.) Civil society in research for development, Ottawa: IDRC.

Megan Bradley (2014) “Displacement in Central America and the Caribbean: Cooperation and Challenges”, in E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long and N. Sigona (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Megan Bradley (2013) “Liberal Democracies’ Divergent Interpretations of the Right of Return: Implications for Free Movement”, in W. Maas (ed.) Democratic Citizenship and the Free Movement of People, Leiden: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff.

Megan Bradley and Roberta Cohen (2013) “Disasters, Displacement and Protection: Challenges, Shortcomings and Ways Forward”, in T. Faist and J. Schade (eds.) Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights, New York: Springer.

Megan Bradley (2013) “Redressing internally displaced Palestinians in Israel”, in R. Brynen and R. El-Rifai (eds.) Compensation to Palestinian Refugees and the Search for Palestinian-Israeli Peace, London: Pluto Press.

Megan Bradley (2013) “Gender dimensions of redress for the Palestinian refugees”, in R. Brynen and R. El-Rifai (eds.) Compensation to Palestinian Refugees and the Search for Palestinian-Israeli Peace, London: Pluto Press.

Megan Bradley (2012) “Truth-telling and displacement: Patterns and prospects”, in R. Duthie (ed.) Displacement and Transitional Justice, New York: SSRC.

Megan Bradley (2011) “Reparations”, in G. Kurian, et al. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Political Science, Washington, D.C.: CQ Press (Sage Publications).

Megan Bradley, J.M. Labatut and G. Morin-Labatut (2008) “L’aide canadienne à la recherche pour le développement” (“Canadian aid for research for development”), in F. Audet, M. Desrosiers and S. Roussel (eds.) L’aide canadienne au développement, Montreal: University of Montreal Press.

Other publications

Angela Sherwood, Megan Bradley, Lorenza Rossi, Rosalia Gitau and Bradley Mellicker (2013) Supporting durable solutions to urban, post-disaster displacement: Challenge and opportunities in Haiti, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution/International Organization for Migration.

Megan Bradley (2012) Displacement, transitional justice and reconciliation: Assumptions, challenges and lessons, University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre Policy Briefing 9.

Megan Bradley, Roger Duthie and Bryce Campbell (2012) Transitional Justice and Displacement: Challenges and Recommendations, Washington, DC/New York: Brookings Institution/International Center for Transitional Justice.

Courses taught

INTD 497—Refugees and Forced Migration: Rights and Responsibilities (Fall 2014)

POLI359—Politics of the International Refugee Regime (Winter 2015)

INTD 497—Transitional Justice (Winter 2015)

Other professional activities (selected)

Non-resident Fellow, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Editorial board member, Refuge (since 2014)

Media commentary on displacement, human rights, humanitarian affairs and development issues for outlets including NPR, CNN, CTV, Christian Science Monitor, Daily Beast (Newsweek), The Atlantic, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen