Melissa Phillips

Non-Resident Fellow

Melissa Phillips is a Non-Resident Fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC). She is 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 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) and Melissa remains an Honorary Fellow at the University. She also holds a Master of Arts (Applied Anthropology and Development) and Bachelor of Arts (Honors). Her published work focuses on multiculturalism, migrant and refugee settlement, and transit migration. Melissa is an Advisor for the NGO platform Urban Refugees and an Assistant Editor at the Journal of Intercultural Studies.