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Rebecca Buxton                                                                   



Unestablished Lecturer in Political Theory, Department of Politics 

University of Cambridge (Sept 2021 - August 2024) 


DPhil, Refugee Studies Centre, St John’s College, Oxford , 2018 - present

Thesis: Politics in Exile: Refugees, Membership, and Political Rights 

Supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and St John’s College 


MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Lincoln College, Oxford,  2016 - 2017

With distinction. Thesis: The Lie of the Land: Culture, Territory and Reparations for Climate Refugees

Supported by the Kenneth Sewards Shaw Scholarship 


BA in Philosophy, King’s College London,  2013 - 2016

First Class. Thesis: Priority, Vulnerability, and Asylum





Areas of Specialization: social and political philosophy, political theory, refugee and forced migration studies


Areas of Competence: history of political thought, feminist philosophy, anthropology of migration, women in the history of philosophy



Balliol College Incubator Fund 2019-2020 - £1,500 

Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Essay Prize 2018 - £2,500

Economic and Social Research Council DTP Scholarship 2018-2021 - full tuition and college fees

Lamb and Flag Scholarship (St John’s College) 2018-2021 - full maintenance grant  

MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Best Thesis Prize 2017 - £100 

Lincoln College Distinction Prize 2017 - £100 

Kenneth Sewards Shaw Scholarship (Lincoln College) 2016-2017  - £1,500 




The Philosopher Queens, Edited by Rebecca Buxton & Lisa Whiting, Unbound, September 2020




‘Hannah Arendt’ in The Philosopher Queens, Edited by Rebecca Buxton & Lisa Whiting, Unbound, September 17th 2020


‘We Must Listen to Climate Refugees Now’, Climate Change and Population Displacement, Greenhaven Publishing, June 2020 (co-authored with Theo Kwek) 




‘Migrants and Militants by Alain Badiou’, 2020, Journal of Refugee Studies,


‘The Ethics and Practise of Refugee Repatriation by Mollie Gerver’, LSE Review of Books, January 2020




‘Women and Public Philosophy’, The View, forthcoming September 2020 


‘Who is a refugee?’, American Philosophy Association, 8th April 2020 


‘What Love Island teaches us about ‘himpathy’’’ The Guardian, July 13th 2019 (co-authored) 


‘What do we owe those displaced by climate change?’ Rethinking Refuge, June 1st 2019


‘Reply to Refugia: Nothing Utopian about an Archipelago of Exclusion’, Refugees Deeply, November 8th 2017, (co-authored)


‘Between Home and a Hard Place: Paying Refugees to Return’, The Diplomat, October 27th 2017, (co-authored)


‘All Refugees Want to Go Home, Right?’ Open Democracy, October 18th 2017 (co-authored)


‘In It To Win It: Is Prize-giving bad for Philosophy?’ Finalist of Oxford Practical Ethics Prize, March 2017


‘Losing Ground: Listening to the Voices of Climate Refugees’, Open Migration, Feb 8th, 2017 (co-authored)


‘Refugees Are Not “Political Resources”: A reply to Alexander Betts’, IRIN News, Jan 27th, 2017 (republished in the International Refugee Law Initiative) (co-authored)


‘The Lost Voices of Yarl’s Wood’, Dialogue, Women’s History Month Edition, May 10th, 2015




‘Justice in Waiting: The harms and wrongs of temporary refugee protection’, Normative Theory and Immigration Workshop, (May 2020) 


‘The right to family refugee reunion: chosen families and queering refugee studies’, University of Leeds, LGBTQ Asylum and Political Theory Conference (cancelled due to COVID-19)


‘Is temporary protection harmful?’, Nuffield Political Theory Seminar (cancelled due to COVID-19)


‘Differentiating Refugees: A reply to David Owen’, Philosophy and Borders Symposium, Nuffield College, Oxford (cancelled due to COVID-19) - co-authored with Dr. Jamie Draper


‘Is temporary refugee protection harmful?’, Oxford Political Theory Work in Progress Group, Nuffield College (December 2019)


‘Do states have a duty to naturalise refugees?’ MANCEPT, Immigration and Democracy Panel (September 2019)


‘Refugeehood and Citizenship’, LSE Graduate Conference in Political Theory, London (March 2019) 


‘The Lie of the Land: Territory, Culture, and Reparations for Climate Refugees’, Conversazione, University of Oxford, Lincoln College (May 2017) 


Selected Talks for The Philosopher Queens 


  • University of Bristol (May 2019)

  • City of London School for Girls (January 2019) 

  • Kendrick School for Girls, Reading (November 2018) 




Co-founder of Philosophy and Borders working group at the University of Oxford 


Co-organiser of the Department of International Development DPhil Seminar 


Women’s Officer at St John’s College MCR 





Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics, St Annes College, Oxford, October 2020 - present


Theory of Politics 

History of Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau 

History of Political Thought: Bentham to Weber 

Advanced Topics in Theories of Justice 


Tutor, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University, January 2020 - present 


Movement and Morality 


Tutor, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, October 2019 - present 


Foundations in Political Philosophy


Tutor, Stanford House - Stanford University, May 2019 - present  

Migration and Refugees in a Global Context 

Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice 


Politics Tutor, Oxford Royale (July 2019 -August 2019) 


Introduction to Politics and International Relations 





Community Fellow, Oxford - Refugees Deeply (April 2018 - October 2018) 

• Editing op-ed submissions on refugee and forced displacement issues 

• Interviewing, transcribing, and editing ‘When Refugees Lead’ and ‘Photographing Refugees’ series 


Parliamentary Researcher, London - House of Commons (July 2017 - September 2018)

• Researching issues including modern slavery, human trafficking, education and The Commonwealth, for Parliamentary debates and reports. 

• Writing and editing book chapters and articles on modern slavery and human trafficking. 

• Organising Parliamentary diary for a Labour MP, including the Department of Work and Pensions Select Committee Hearings and Liaison Committee. 


Research Assistant, Oxford - Refugee Studies Centre (March 2017- June 2017)

• Compiling and summarizing policy documents on deportation and denationalisation for Professor Gibney.

• Editing and drafting upcoming articles and book chapters for Professor Gibney.


Research Assistant, Oxford - International Migration Institute (April 2017- August 2017) 

• Assisting Dr Dominique Jolivet and her team at the Welfare Migration Project. 

• Developing skills in Nvivo software package to aid qualitative data interpretation.


Research Intern, London - UCLA Santa Barbara and The University of Oxford (July- August 2016)

• Assisted Professor Lasala-Blanco in gathering data on the rise of  right-wing populism in Europe.

• Undertook surveys and semi-structured interviews with members of UKIP and Britain First.