Dr David Turton
Senior Research Fellow, AHRC Omo Valley Project
David Turton was formerly a Reader in Forced Migration, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre and Fellow of Green College at the University of Oxford. Before moving to Oxford he taught in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. He has been carrying out anthropological research amongst the Mursi of southwestern Ethiopia since 1969, focusing on the impact of long term ecological change on human displacement and on the relationship between warfare, ethnicity and political identity. In refugee studies he has been mainly concerned with the conceptual and methodological problems involved in the study of forced migration as a field of academic enquiry. Apart from many articles on the Mursi, his publications include edited volumes on warfare, migration and ethnic minorities in Europe, ethnographic film and Ethiopian federalism. He has been editor of The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and of Disasters: the Journal of Disaster Studies and Management, and has helped to make six films for television on the Mursi.