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This report is based on a research workshop organised by the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), School of Advanced Study, University of London, on 20 July 2018 in London to mark 20 years of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (Guiding Principles). The event aimed to consolidate and revitalise academic interest in IDP issues and promote renewed research in the field.

The publications outlines the discussions and conclusions of the nine thematic panel sessions at the above-mentioned one-day workshop. It also attempts to provide “a ‘state of the art’ review of research to illustrate the wider context of current literature on those themes and to substantiate the main priorities for future research identified by each of the panels”.

Table of contents

1. Introduction

2. Evaluating IDP norms 

3. Framing internal displacement and IDP dynamics

4. Urban and other non-encamped IDPs 

5. Regional protection of IDPs in Africa 

6. The relationship between internal displacement and cross-border movements 

7. Environmental, disaster and development-induced displacement 

8. Internal displacement and (access to) justice 

9. Internal displacement as a humanitarian challenge

10. Solutions, development and ‘end of displacement’

11. Other themes in IDP research 

12. Bibliography

Appendix: Workshop programme