Evan Easton-Calabria is a Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, in Boston, USA, and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.
Q1. Who are you?
My name is Evan Easton-Calabria and I am a Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, in Boston, USA, and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.
Q2. What was your motivation for applying for the FFVT fellowship? Why Germany?
I had the chance to interview an IDOS researcher back in 2019 for a project on digital refugee livelihoods and took part in several online IDOS panels focusing on forced migration. I really enjoyed these collaborations and was excited to work more closely with the Contested Mobilities team. I also used to live in Germany and wanted to spend time here again.
Q3. What do you expect from the fellowship?
I hope I’ll be able to do some co-writing and brainstorming and learning from and with colleagues, and hopefully find a way for longer-term collaboration.
Q4. What is the focus of your work, and what is innovative about it? / What are your planned outcomes and activities for the fellowship period? And how do they relate to your FFVT hosting institution/ the FFVT cooperation project?
My research has focused on refugees and forced displacement for over a decade, including self-reliance and digital technologies; I’m now working more directly on humanitarian action in advance of climate disasters. Overall I hope to use my time to build more concrete intellectual and practical bridges across these fields and learn from IDOS colleagues who are working in these areas, as well.