Dr. Léonie Newhouse

Dr. Léonie Newhouse


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Dr. Léonie Newhouse is a senior research fellow / group leader associated with the ‘African Urban Diversity’ research cluster in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity. Prior to joining the institute, Dr Newhouse held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of African Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She earned her doctorate in Geography from the University of Washington, where she focused on an ethnographic examination of the political economy of refugee return migration to South Sudan. She holds an MSc in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford and a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. She has also held visiting positions at the Center for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Juba, the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Dr Newhouse’s research centres on the negotiation of the dynamic social assemblages that coalesce in times of uncertainty and flux, whether due to economic crisis, ongoing conflict, the arrival of vast aid infrastructures after social and natural disasters, and often all three. As a critical development scholar, she is interested in the articulations between geopolitics, a transforming global economy and diminishing opportunities for work, as played out in places in acute crisis. Her work builds on feminist, decolonial and critical readings of political economy to understand the conditions of produced hyper-precarity that shape urban life, livelihoods and mobility strategies across much of Africa, and more broadly the developing world.


Peer Reviewed Zeitschriftenartikel

[2017] “Uncertain futures and everyday hedging in a humanitarian city” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. doi: 10.1111/tran.12188

[2016] “Assembling land control after displacement: some reflections from rural   Southern Sudan” Journal of Peasant Studies. Advance publication (online) issue not yet assigned. doi: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1191472

[Nov 2015] with Patricia Lopez, Lisa Bhungalia, Geographies of Humanitarian Violence’ Introduction to theme issue on humanitarian violence in Environment and Planning A. doi:10.1177/0308518X15613330

[Nov 2015] “More than mere survival: humanitarian governance and the material politics of alcohol production in a Kenyan refugee camp” for Geographies of Humanitarian Violence theme issue Environment and Planning A, V 47.  doi: 10.1068/a140106p

[Jul 2012] “Footing it, or why I walk” African Geographical Review, 31(1), 67-71. doi: 10.1080/19376812.2012.679461

Working Papers

[2012] “Urban attractions: returnee youth, mobility and the search for a future in South Sudan’s regional towns” UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluations Service (PDES), New Issues in Refugee Research: Research Paper No 232.

[2006] with Kishan, Godin and Muraskin “The Medium of Testimony: Testimony as Re-Presentation” Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper No. 37.