Professor Hammond has been conducting research on conflict, food security, migration and diasporas in and from the Horn of Africa since the early 1990s. She lived in Ethiopia from 1993-2000, conducting research and working for the UN Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia (the precursor to UNOCHA). She is currently Challenge Leader in Security, Protracted Conflict, Refugees and Forced Displacement for the Global Challenges Research Fund, head of the London International Development Centre-Migration Leadership Team, and Team Leader of the EU Trust Fund’s Research and Evidence Facility on migration and conflict in the Horn of Africa.
Laura Hammond has done consultancy for a wide range of development and humanitarian organizations, including UNDP, USAID, Oxfam, Medécins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the World Food Programme. She has taught at Clark University, the University of Reading, and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex. She is the author of ‘This Place Will Become Home: Refugee Repatriation to Ethiopia’ (Cornell University Press: 2004) and several book and journal articles.