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Matthew J. Gibney

Matthew J. Gibney

(B.Ec (Monash) M.Phil. Ph.D (Cambridge))

Professor of Politics and Forced Migration and Official Fellow of Linacre College - Deputy Director of the Refugee Studies Centre
(01865 214 2876)
Linacre College

Matthew J Gibney is Professor of Politics and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford, Official Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, and Deputy Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. He specialises in the political and ethical issues raised by refugees, citizenship, and migration control. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he was educated at Monash University (BEc (Hons)) and, as a Commonwealth Scholar, at King’s College, University of Cambridge (MPhil; PhD).

Matthew is the author of many scholarly articles, chapters and books, including The Ethics and Politics of Asylum (2004), Globalizing Rights (2003), which has been translated into Italian and Spanish, The Normative, Historical and Political Contours of Deportation (2013) (edited with Bridget Anderson and Emanuela Paoletti) and (with Randall Hansen) Immigration and Asylum (2005), a three volume encyclopedia.

His published research has dealt with issues of asylum, deportation, citizenship, globalization, and statelessness and has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Government and Opposition, Political Studies and Citizenship Studies, as well as several anthologies of influential academic writing in migration studies and in international relations.

Matthew has given keynote lectures across the world and his work and views have been cited by the New York Times, the BBC, the Australian, the Toronto Globe and Mail and CBC Radio in Canada, amongst other media. He has held visiting professor positions at Monash University, the University of Toronto, and the University of New South Wales. He was Director of Oxford’s International Summer School in Forced Migration for almost ten years.

Research Interests

Normative and explanatory political theory relating to refugees, migration, citizenship, and statelessness

History of migration control by states

Political theory



Significant published works include:


The Political, Social and Historical Contours of Deportation, Springer 2012. (edited with B. Anderson and E. Paoletti)

Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present, ABC-CLIO, Oxford/Santa Barbara, 2005, three volumes (co-edited with Randall Hansen)

The Ethics and Politics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004

Globalizing Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003 (edited)

Articles and Chapters

Is Deportation a Form of Forced Migration?, Refugee Survey Quarterly,Vol. 32, No.2, 116-129, 2013.

Should citizenship be conditional? Denationalizationand Liberal Principles,Journal of Politics,Vol. 75. No. 3. July, 2013, pp. 646-658.

A Very Transcendental Power: Denaturalization and the Liberalization of Citizenship in the United Kingdom,Political Studies,Vol. 61, No. 3, October, 2013, pp. 637-655.

Normative Issues in Forced Migration in E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long & N. Sigona, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced MigrationStudies, Oxford University Press. 2014.

Statelessness and Citizenship in Ethical Perspective in A. Edwards & L Van Waas, eds,Nationality and Statelessness Under International Law, Cambridge University Press. 2014.

Deportation, Crime and the Changing Character of Membership in the United Kingdom in K. Aas & M. Bosworth,The Borders of Punishment. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Introduction in B. Anderson, M. J. Gibney and E. Paoletti, editors, The Political, Social and Historical Contours of Deportation, Springer, 2012.

Citizenship, Deportation and the Boundaries of Belonging, Citizenship Studies, September, 2011 (with Bridget Anderson and Emanuela Paoletti), Vol. 15, No. 5, August 2011, pp. 547-563.

The Rights of Non-Citizens to Membership in B. Blitz & C. Sawyer, eds, Statelessness in Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Asylum and the Expansion of Deportation in the United Kingdom, Government and Opposition, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2008, pp 146-167

Who should be included? Non-citizens, conflict and the constitution of the citizenry in Frances Stewart, editor, Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict, Palgrave, 2008

A Thousand Little Guantanamos: Western states and Measures to Prevent the Arrival of Refugees in Kate Tunstall, editor, Migration, Displacement, Asylum: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2004, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006

Asylum Policy in the West: Past Trends, Future Prospects in Poverty, Immigration and Asylum, edited by George J. Borjas and Jeff Crisp. Palgrave: London, 2005

The State of Asylum: Democratization, Judicialization and Evolution of Refugee Policy in Susan Kneebone, The Refugee Convention 50 years on: Globalization and International Law, Ashgate/Darmouth, 2002

Liberal Democratic States and Responsibilities to Refugees, American Political Science Review, No. 1, March 1999, pp 169-181