From the editors

We each live according to our own personal code of ethics but what moral principles guide our work? The feature theme articles in this issue debate many of the ethical questions that confront us in programming, research, safeguarding and volunteering, and in our use of data, new technologies, messaging and images. Prepare to be enlightened, unsettled and challenged.

This issue is being published in tribute to Barbara Harrell-Bond, founder of the Refugee Studies Centre and FMR, who died in July 2018. In a special collection of articles, authors discuss her legacy: the impact she had and its relevance for our work today. If her work or FMR has helped you over the years, make a donation to support FMR’s work in the future – see appeal on the inside back cover flap or visit

FMR 61 formats: The full magazine is online at, alongside our Editors’ briefing (an overview of the feature theme content) and our digest (an expanded contents list with QR codes and web links). All individual articles are available online in PDF, HTML and podcast formats. 

This issue will be available in English and Arabic. (We have sadly not been able to secure sufficient funding to publish it in Spanish and French as well.) For printed copies, please email us at

We would like to thank: Christina Clark-Kazak (University of Ottawa), Tom Scott-Smith (University of Oxford) and FMR’s International Advisory Board for their assistance as advisors to the feature theme; RSC colleagues and Barbara’s family for help with the Barbara Harrell-Bond tribute section; and the following donors for their support of this particular issue – Carolyn Makinson, Martin James Foundation, Mary E McClymont, Refugee Studies Centre, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, UK Research and Innovation/Global Challenges Research Fund and Women’s Refugee Commission.

For many years the Spanish edition of FMR has been published in partnership with the IUDESP at the University of Alicante but for funding reasons we are bringing it back to Oxford. We would like to express our warmest thanks to Eva Espinar and Laura Moreno Mancebo (and former assistants) for their hard work, commitment and collaboration.

Forthcoming issues: The October 2019 issue will include a major feature on Return, and a mini-feature on the Root causes of displacement. In 2020 we are planning issues on Cities and towns, Climate crisis and Recognising refugees. Details at

Marion Couldrey and Jenny Peebles


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