Faculty and Researchers
Charles M. SimpsonProgram Administrator
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.
- Refugee integration
- Urban Studies
- Smuggling and Borders
- Jacobsen, K., C. Simpson and N. Takahashi. “Migration plans and decision-making among refugees, IDPs and host communities in peri-urban Erbil, Iraq: The effect of a UNIDO intervention“. UNIDO (2019).
- Simpson, C. “Competing Security and Humanitarian Imperatives in the Berm“. Forced Migration Review 17 (2018).
- 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).
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. …Read More
Charles Simpson and Refugees In Towns project highlighted in article on interdisciplinary approach to refugee crises
On January 24, 2020 Anna Stjernquist published an article about how universities in Boston have merged disciplines to help address refugee crises. The article highlights Charles Simpson‘s perspective on the…Read More
Feinstein Research Projects
The project has three components, each designed to give a different perspective on Sahrawi refugees.Read More
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 overRead More
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.Read More