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:

News Items

Karen Jacobsen and Charles Simpsen publish about refugees and COVID-19 in The Conversation
May 5, 2020

Refugees tell stories of problems – and unity – in facing the coronavirus A group of refugees living on the pavement near the Cape Town Central Police Station on the…

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Karen Jacobsen and Charles Simpson edited special issue in FMR
March 9, 2020

Charles Simpson and Karen Jacobsen helped edit issue 63 in the Forced Migration Review. Forced Migration Review issue 63 with a major feature on ‘Cities and towns’ is now online: www.fmreview.org/cities.  …

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Feinstein Research Projects

UNHCR’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

Irbid, Jordan: A Case Report of Refugees in Towns

Irbid, Jordan is now inhabited by more Syrian refugees than Jordanian hosts. Yet the most profound changes in the city—affecting and being affected by refugees’ integration—are megatrends affecting cities the world over

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

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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