Dr. Melissa Phillips is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation (New York University) and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne (School of Social and Political Sciences). She is currently based in Amman, Jordan and has academic expertise on issues related to migration, mobility and displacement that is informed by her work in the field.
Melissa has previously worked for the Danish Refugee Council in the Middle East as well as Libya and the Horn of Africa. She also worked for UN OCHA and the NGO forum in South Sudan, where she lived and worked between 2005 and 2009. Her field experience includes protection of civilians, humanitarian coordination and NGO engagement with funding mechanisms. Melissa has experience working with asylum seekers in immigration detention for the Australian Red Cross, supporting community based asylum seekers in the UK, and managed a refugee resettlement project in Australia.
Her Doctorate in Social and Political Sciences on the pre-migration experiences of migrants and refugees was completed at the University of Melbourne (2013). She also holds a Master of Arts (Applied Anthropology and Development) and Bachelor of Arts (Honors). Her published work focuses on multiculturalism, rights for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers especially during transit, and settlement. Melissa is an Advisor for the NGO platform Urban Refugees and an Assistant Editor at the Journal of Intercultural Studies.