Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Jason Hart


Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies Research students

3 East 3.31
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4156

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Jason Hart is a social anthropologist by training (BA, MA, Ph.D University of London). He joined the University of Bath in September 2009 after seven years as a researcher and lecturer at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, where he remains a Research Associate.   

In 2012, Jason received the University's John Willis Teaching Award.

Much of Jason’s work has explored the experience of young people on the margins of society and the global economy: relating these to the values, assumptions and approaches of agencies seeking to provide support. This has led to consideration of themes such as protection, child rights, peacebuilding, militarisation and asylum, seeking increasingly to integrate perspectives from anthropology and political-economy. Children living in situations of political violence and forced displacement have been a particular focus of much of his research and writing. Jason has worked in South Asia (Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Bhutan) and, to a limited extent, East Africa. However, his principal area of interest is the Middle East, particularly Israel / occupied Palestinian territories and Jordan. 

Since completing his doctorate, Jason has been employed as a consultant author, researcher, evaluator and trainer by various UN and non-governmental organisations. These include UNICEF, Save the Children, PLAN, Care International, and the Canadian International Development Agency. He has also served as an advisor to the UN in the formulation of studies, guidelines and policies. His most recent publications include an edited volume Years of Conflict: Adolescence, Political Violence and Displacement and journal articles in Conflict, Security and Development, Journal of Refugee Studies and International Journal of Children’s Rights.

Research interests

  • The Moral Economy of Children's Rights: The UNCRC and International Development.  British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 2013-14
  • Protecting Palestinian Children: whose concepts? whose politics? 2007-2009. Funded by the East-West Trust and the Council for British Research in the Levant
  • The Global Political Economy of Childhood Poverty 2007-2008. Funded by DfID through Young Lives, Dep’t of International Development, Univ. of Oxford
  • Children’s Everyday Lives in Political Violence and Economic Uncertainty 2004-2006. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through Johns Hopkins University

Research Supervision

  • Cynthia Cueva-Luna: 'Undocumented migrant children in the United States'
  • Gabrielle Davies: 'Living With Landmines: Mine Action, Development and Wellbeing In Post-Conflict Society - A Case Study In Cambodia'
  • Timothy Williams: 'The Political Economy Of Children's Education In Rwanda'
  • Kate Pincock: 'Young people's sexuality and international development'


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