Department of Geography

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Dr Ceri Oeppen

Post:Lecturer In Human Geography (Geography, Sussex Centre for Migration Research)
Location:ARTS C C253

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 872880
International:+44 1273 872880

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Dr Ceri Oeppen returned to Sussex as a Lecturer in Geography in October 2011.  In 2014 she was appointed Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).  Ceri manages the Afghanistan and Afghan diaspora research for the international collaborative project ‘The Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration’ (PREMIG project).  At Sussex most of her teaching is in the areas of migration, development, conflict and research methods.  Prior to joining Sussex, Ceri worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  Ceri has worked on a range of consultancy projects; predominantly related to Afghanistan and Afghan migration but also on wider migration and development issues, and public health.  Ceri completed her ESRC-funded PhD (Sussex), on the interactions between integration and transnationalism for the Afghan diaspora, in 2009.  She has an MSc in Social Research Methods (Sussex, distinction) and a BSc in Geography (UCL, first class).

Ceri has been researching issues relating to the Afghan diaspora for eleven years, and has carried out ethnographic fieldwork with Afghans in London, California, New Delhi, Peshawar, Oslo, and in Afghanistan.  She is co-editor of ‘Beyond the “wild tribes”: Understanding modern Afghanistan and its diaspora’.


Lecturer in Human Geography

Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Member of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Community and Business

Ceri is a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI), which operates under the remit of the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency.  She is also a member of the OCR consultative forum on A-Level reform (geography). 

Ceri has a range of experience presenting academic research to a wider audience, in text or orally.  She has authored a book for 11-16 year olds called ‘Hopes, needs, rights, and laws: How do governments and citizens manage migration and settlement?’  She also regularly gives presentations and training sessions on issues relating to Afghanistan, the Afghan diaspora, return migration and migration and development; most recently to high-level Afghan government officials attending a training course at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy.