Charles M. Simpson

Charles M. SimpsonProgram Administrator

Working with Feinstein Since: 2017
Based in: Medford, MA

Charles administers a global study on refugee integration. In this role, he develops the project’s methodology, case studies, and manages relationships with researchers, participants, and experts.

Charles brings expertise in social resilience, migration policy, urban studies, and qualitative field research. Prior to joining the center, Charles was Assistant Director of the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS), a Carnegie Corporation project. At BCARS he managed policy analysis, field research teams, workshops, and conferences on the Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East, Turkey, the Balkans, the EU, and the U.S. His work involved collaborations with the UNHCR, U.S. Department of State, European Commission, local and national governments, and universities and think tanks around the world. Prior to that he was Co-Leader of an International Institute of Education language and culture program in Amman, Jordan and Muscat, Oman, and was a researcher at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Charles holds an M.S. in security and resilience studies, Summa Cum Laude, and a B.A. in international affairs, Magna Cum Laude, from Northeastern University.

Research Interests:
  • Refugee integration
  • Urban Studies
  • Smuggling and Borders
Most Recent External Publications:
  • Mandić, D. and C. Simpson. “Refugees and Shifted Risk: An International Study of Syrian Forced Migration and Smuggling”. International Migration (2017).
  • Abrahms, M., D. Sullivan and C. Simpson. “Five Myths About Syrian Refugees”. Foreign Affairs (2017).
  • Sullivan, D. and C. Simpson. “Oasis in the Desert? Coproduction and the Future of Zaatari”. Middle East Report 278 (2016).

News Items

Charles Simpson discusses competing imperatives on the Syria-Jordan border in FMR
February 26, 2018

Charles Simpson published an article in Forced Migration Review (FMR)’s special issue, which marks the 7th anniversary of the Syrian conflict. Charles’ article, “Competing security and humanitarian imperatives in the…

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Feinstein Research Projects

UNCHR’s Confidence Building Measures for Sahrawi Refugees

The project has three components, each designed to give a different perspective on Sahrawi refugees.

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Refugees in Towns

This project collects and commissions case studies of urban settings (towns, cities or sub-areas of cities) in which refugees or internally displaced people have been living for more than two years.

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Feinstein Publications

Flights Above the Fray: The experiences and uncertain future of UNHCR’s family visit program for Sahrawi refugees

Between 2004 and 2014, UNHCR’s Confidence Building Measures (CBM) program helped more than 20,000 refugees in the Tindouf desert camps of Algeria to visit their families. This report gives a human perspective of the experiences of Sahrawi refugees and their families.

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