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

Highlighted Research 


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'



Hart, J., ed., 2008. Years of Conflict: Adolescence, Political Violence and Displacement. Berghahn Books. (Studies in forced migration)

Book Sections

Hart, J., 2015. Armed Conflict and Political Violence. In: Waterhouse, L. and McGhee, J., eds. Challenging Child Protection. London, U. K.: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 50-63.

Hart, J., 2014. Children and forced migration. In: Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E., Loescher, G., Long, K. and Sigona, N., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Oxford University Press. (Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations)

Hart, J., 2012. The ethics of research with children in situations of political violence. In: Fossheim, H., ed. Cross-Cultural Child Research: Ethical Challenges. Oslo: The Norwegian National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and Humanities (NESH).

Hart, J., 2011. The mobilization of children: What’s the difference? In: Guichaoua, Y., ed. Understanding Collective Political Violence. Palgrave Macmillan. (Conflict, Inequality and Ethnicity)

Hart, J., 2011. Young people and conflict: The implications for education. In: Paulson, J., ed. Education and Reconciliation: Exploring Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations. London: Continuum Books, pp. 11-31.

Hart, J., 2009. Displaced children's participation in political violence: towards greater understanding of mobilisation. In: Thomas, N. P., ed. Children, Politics and Communication: Participation at the Margins. Bristol UK: Policy Press.

Hart, J., Boyden, J., de Berry, J. and Feeny, T., 2006. Children affected by armed conflict in South Asia: a review of trends and issues identified through secondary research. In: Reyes, G. and Jacobs, G. A., eds. Handbook of International Disaster Psychology: Interventions with Special Needs Populations.Vol. 4. Westport CT, USA: Praeger Publishers, pp. 61-76.

Armstrong, M., Boyden, J., Galappatti, A. and Hart, J., 2006. Participatory tools for monitoring and evaluating psychosocial work with children: Reflections on a pilot study in Eastern Sri Lanka. In: Reyes, G. and Jacobs, G. A., eds. Handbook of International Disaster Psychology: Practices and Programs.Vol. 2. Westport CT, USA: Praeger Publishers, pp. 157-176.

Hart, J., 2004. Beyond struggle and aid: children’s identities in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. In: Boyden, J. and de Berry, J., eds. Children and Youth on the Front Line: Ethnography, Armed Conflict and Displacement. Berghahn Books, pp. 167-188.


Albadra, D., Vellei, M., Coley, D. and Hart, J., 2017. Thermal comfort in desert refugee camps: An interdisciplinary approach. Building and Environment, 124, pp. 460-477.

Hart, J. and Kvittingen, A., 2016. Rights without borders? Learning from the institutional response to Iraqi refugee children in Jordan. Children's Geographies, 14 (2), pp. 217-231.

Hart, J., 2015. The (anti-)politics of child protection. Open Democracy

Hart, J., 2014. Locating young refugees historically:Attending to age position in humanitarianism. European Journal of Development Research, 26 (2), pp. 219-232.

Hart, J. and Forte, C. L., 2013. Mandated to fail? Humanitarian agencies and the protection of Palestinian children. Disasters, 37 (4), pp. 627-645.

Hart, J., 2012. The spatialisation of child protection:Notes from the occupied Palestinian territory. Development in Practice, 22 (4), pp. 473-485.

Hart, J., Paludan, M. B., Steffen, L. and O'Donoghue, G., 2011. Working with children as stakeholders in development: the challenges of organisational change. Development in Practice, 21 (3), pp. 330-342.

Hart, J., 2008. Displaced children's participation in political violence:Towards greater understanding of mobilisation. Conflict, Security & Development, 8 (3), pp. 277-293.

Hart, J., 2008. Dislocated masculinity: adolescence and the Palestinian nation-in-exile. Journal of Refugee Studies, 21 (1), pp. 64-81.

Hart, J., 2008. Children's participation and international development: attending to the political. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 16 (3), pp. 407-418.

Hart, J. and Boyden, J., 2007. The Statelessness of the World's Children. Children & Society, 21 (4), pp. 237-248.

Hart, J., 2007. Empowerment or frustration? Participatory programming with young Palestinians. Children, Youth and Environments, 17 (3).

Hart, J., Galappatti, A., Boyden, J. and Armstrong, M., 2007. Participatory tools for evaluating psychosocial work with children in areas of armed conflict: a pilot in eastern Sri Lanka. Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 5 (1), pp. 41-60.

Hart, J., 2006. What future for young Palestinians in Jordan? Forced Migration Review, September (26), p. 51.

Hart, J., 2006. Putting children in the picture. Forced Migration Review, July (Supplement), pp. 9-10.

Hart, J., 2006. Saving children: What role for anthropology? Anthropology Today, 22 (1), pp. 5-8.

Hart, J., 2006. The politics of “Child Soldiers”. Brown Journal of World Affairs, 13 (1).

Hart, J., 2003. Kabul kids. Forced Migration Review, September (18), p. 52.

Hart, J., 2002. Childrens’ clubs: new ways of working with conflict-displaced children in Sri Lanka. Forced Migration Review, 15, pp. 36-39.

Hart, J., 2002. Children and nationalism in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. Childhood, 9 (1), pp. 35-47.


Berman, G., Hart, J., O'Mathuna, D., Matellone, E., Potts, A., O'Kane,, C., Shusterman, J. and Tanner, T., 2016. What We Know about Ethical Research Involving Children in Humanitarian Settings:An overview of principles, the literature and case studies.Vol. 2016-18. Working Paper. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research. (Innocenti Working Papers; WP-2016-18)

Hart, J. and Kvittingen, A., 2015. Tested at the Margins:the contingent rights of displaced Iraqi children in Jordan. Working Paper. UNHCR. (New Issues in Refugee Research No.272)

Hart, J., 2014. Engaging with children living amidst political violence: Towards an integrated approach to protection.Vol. BPD31. Working Paper. Online: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath. (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing)

Hart, J., 2013. IPR Policy Brief - Protecting Palestinian children from political violence. University of Bath.

Hart, J. and Lo Forte, C., 2010. Protecting Palestinian children from political violence:The role of the international community. Working Paper. Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. (Policy Briefs; 5)

Hart, J., 2008. Business as usual? The global political economy of childhood poverty. Young Lives.


Hart, J., 2016. Reclaiming Compassion, Rethinking Aid.

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