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Courtland Robinson, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8642
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2004


W. Courtland Robinson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been involved in refugee research and policy analysis since 1979. The non-governmental organizations and academic institutions with whom Dr. Robinson has worked include the Indochina Refugee Action Center, Save the Children, World Education, the U.S. Committee for Refugees, the Asian Research Center for Migration, and Mercy Corps. He is the author of numerous studies on refugee issues, particularly in Asia. His book, Terms of Refuge: The Indochinese Exodus and the International Response (1998, Zed Books), was selected by the Humanitarian Times as one of the ten best books for 1999. His current research activities include famine and distress migration in North Korea, demographic assessment methods in complex emergencies, and development-induced displacement.

Honors and Awards

Paul A. and Esther C. Harper Award in Population and Family Health Sciences (2004)

MacArthur Foundation, Program on Peace and International Cooperation, Research and Writing Award (1992-1993)

  • International Health refugees demography of forced migration disasters humanitarian emergencies
  • Journal Articles

  • Rofi, A, S Doocy and C Robinson. 2006. Tsunami Displacement and Mortality in Indonesia, Aceh Province. Disasters (in press).

  • Robinson, C, MK Lee, and G Burnham. 2005. Scientific Priorities in North Korea. Science (307). January 14, 2005.

  • Robinson, C. 2004. The Indochinese Comprehensive Plan of Action: Sharing the Burden and Passing the Buck. Journal of Refugee Studies.

  • Robinson, C, MK Lee, K Hill, and G Burnham. 2001. Famine, Mortality, and Migration: A Study of North Korean Migrants in China. HE Reed and CB Keely, eds. Forced Migration and Mortality. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.