Andrew J. Marx, associate professor of the practice of spatial sciences with the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, is at the University of Oxford, England, this week to speak at the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights (OCHR) summer seminar “Human Migration, Refugee Policy, and Global Ethics,” co-hosted by faculty of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights and the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC).
OCHR, in collaboration with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict, offers a summer seminar focused on human movement and global ethics to better understand humanitarian law, ethical systems of international refugee policy. This course offers optional internship placements to connect policy to people via fieldwork in refugee camps.
Marx is addressing students, faculty and leading practitioners on advancements in geospatial data collection and analysis to address human migration and refugee issues.
The OCHR summer seminar includes a one-week intensive workshop at the University of Oxford followed by five days of field work with refugees in Lesvos, Greece. Areas of study include migrants, refugee healthcare, economic security, sexual violence, water and habitat, and humanitarian policy. The intensive week in Oxford also covers human rights in and after conflict, humanitarian action, conflict trends, and human rights law. The module is a healthy mix of seminars, working groups, and student presentations featuring Cheyney Ryan, Director of Human Rights Programs for ELAC, and Dr. Hugo Slim, head of global policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Following the seminar at Oxford, students and staff from the University of Southern California, Quinnipiac University, and University of Utah are traveling to Lesvos, Greece for service-learning and meetings with refugees and staff.
Marx joined the faculty of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute in Fall 2017 as a leading scholar of remote sensing in human rights with extensive experience working with governmental and non-governmental agencies on refugee and internally displaced issues.