Selection of news stories, podcasts and opinion pieces featuring the UNESCO Chair team members


16 May 21  The Sunday National

Crisis in Palestine: ‘Eid Mubarak. From Gaza. From Glasgow’

14 May   The National 

Alison Phipps: Extraordinary community action led to Kenmure Street victory

19 March The Guardian

A. Phipps quoted in 'This happens in Brazil, not Britain': academics in despair as global research funds pulled

17 March The National 

A. Phipps quoted in "Academics quit in protest over UK Government's foreign aid cuts"

15 March 21  Research Professional 

A. Phipps quoted in "Independent advisers resign over UKRI funding cuts"

15 March 21  The National 

How the UK is engaging in the politics of death with Trident upgrade

24 Jan 21 The Observer

A. Phipps quoted in "Fabled ark could be among ancient treasures in danger in Ethiopia’s deadly war

18 Jan 21 The National

Ayrshire and Afghanistan meet as unique Burns event goes online (A. Phipps presenting during event with First Minister)

15 Jan 21  Church Times 

Interview: Alison Phipps academic, linguist, artist. With Terence Handley MacMath.

Dec 2020 News from Wales 

Welsh poetry commissions announced by language Minister

15 Nov 2020  The National

Eritrean culture comes to the fore as part of Unesco’s 75th birthday

18 Oct 2020 The Observer

Quoted in "From Sudan to the Park Inn: the tragic story of a migrant’s killing"

1 Oct 2020 The National 

We must stand firm against cruelty of the Tory immigration system

30 Aug 2020  The National  

Effect of Home Office policies reaching epidemic proportions

19 Aug 2020  The National 

Quoted in 'Grave concerns' as Glasgow asylum seekers face hotel stays until 2021

11 Aug 2020  Scottish Housing News 

Quoted in "Everyone Home unveils ‘triple-lock’ of homelessness mitigation measures in second Route Map"

5 July 2020  The National 

There is a politics of death in asylum system

1 July 2020 The National 

This isn’t how we say we aim to treat New Scots

17 May 2020 The National

Another life lost to an asylum system predicated on injustice

26 Jan 2020  The National 

Britain, Brexit and my granddaughter who may never be an EU citizen

25 Oct 2019  Bloomberg 

Quote in "Just Miles From Trump’s Scottish Golf Course Lies an Oasis for Refugees. Scotland’s open-door approach is a sign of how it’s diverging from the rest of Britain."

21 Oct 2019  Politics Home 

Cited in "Academic and creative sectors are under threat if we lose free movement within Europe"

9 Aug 2019 Otago Daily Times

Refugee integration should be a shared task: professor

24 June 2019 The Guardian

Unesco chair blasts 'discriminatory' UK visitor visa system

16 June 2019 The National   

Sabir Zazai is a remarkable man who makes life better for refugees

12 June 2019 The Guardian 

Quoted in "Man granted visa to see son collect doctorate says he is 'in a dream'"

28 April 2019  The National  

The African art bringing about real change in the shadow of death

16 March 2019 The National

Why we should respond to the Christchurch attack with compassion

10 March 2019 The National

International Women’s Day gave me the greatest gift ... my daughter

23 Dec 2018 The National

Sturgeon: Immigration White Paper ‘closes the door on our future’

24 Sept 2018 The National

Hospitals are places of peace amid a hostile environment

02 Aug 2018 The Guardian

What the Womad visa fiasco tells us about live music in Brexit Britain

26 Jul 2018 The National

We live in cruel times, and courage is made in times like these

15 May 2018 The National (with Dr Nazmi Al-masri)

'Let's break the bars of the cage of Gaza so, like a bird, I can fly and sing songs of freedom'

01 May 2018 The National

UK should aim for Scotland's ‘hospitable environment’

08 Mar 2018 The National

Women on the picket lines are being failed by UK institutions

27 Jan 2018 The National

Fire helped remind me of what home means for refugees

05 Dec 2017 Otago Daily Times Online News 

NZ 'amazing' to refugees

25 Nov 2017 The National

Scottish refugee ambassador role for National’s Alison Phipps

18 Nov 2017 The National

Detention - "the place where women cry all the time"

12 Oct 2017 The National

A tale of humanity, love and reaching out to refugees

04 Oct 2017 The National

The success of the far right in Germany is nothing compared to the Tories and Ukip in the UK

30 Sept 2017 The National

We shouldn't draw spurious links between violent offenders and their experiences of care

26 Aug 2017 The National Theresa May has succeeded in providing the hostile environment for migrants she promised
31 July 2017 The National Immigration expert slams Liam Fox's 'illogical' comments on freedom of movement  
30 July 2017 The Sunday Herald UK's 'secret travel ban' preventing world's best and brightest from entering Scotland
18 June 2017  The Sunday Herald  The kindness of strangers: the challenges and rewards of opening your home to refugees



12 Nov 2020 EDM (Early Day Motion)1127

75th Anniversary of UNESCO 

Summer 2020 National Value of UNESCO Report UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration Through Languages and the Arts highlighted as a  key case studies in this report. 
09 Nov 2017 European Parliament: Culture and Education (CULT) Committee Prof Alison Phipps and Artist in Residence, Naa Densua Tordzro provided evidence to the committee on the effectiveness of cultural work with refugees. You can read the full briefing here.
05 July 2017 UK Parliament: Israel and Palestinian Talks Questions raised in Parliament about visa refusals for distinguished visiting academic collaborators 


Lectures and talks

21 March 21  What do we have to do to give Hope to Refugees and Migrants? [event recording]

Scottish Laity Network Lenten Series 5 [event details]

20 Jan 21

Decolonising Languages in Rural Settings: Towards Equatorial Epistemologies

Abralin ao Vivo – Linguists Online

5 Dec 2019

DeCarle Lecture 8: The Well in Welcome

Victoria University of Wellington

24 Oct 2019

Hosting, Hospitality and Displacement: Opening Words by Prof Alison Phipps

Refugee Hosts International Conference: Without Execution - the Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement, 24-25th October 2019, UCL 
12 Mar 2019  Between a Border and a Breath

Minerva Lecture: Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow 

08 March 2018

Side by Side's 'Faith in Gender Justice' exhibition

Scottish Parliament 

25 January 2018

Refugees and Migration: How National Academies Can Work Together to tackle Global Issues

Phipps, A. Royal Society of Edinburgh, Meeting of National Academies.

20 Nov 2018

Lecture: The Arts of Integrating

Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars

28 November 2017

Visas, Visits and Refusals: Working in the Border zones Of Resilience, Distress and Wellbeing 

Phipps, A. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) - UWA – Perth.

29 September 2017

Inaugural University of Sanctuary Lecture

Phipps, A. "Asylum Narratives Colloquium", St Patrick's College Drumcondra, Ireland. 

29 June 2017

At Home and Exiled in Language Studies: Interdisciplinarity, intersectionality and interculturality

Phipps, A., presented by Forsdick, C. at "Language, Communities and Moving Borders: Theories and Methodologies symposium", hosted by Birkbeck, University of London and the Institute of Modern Language Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London

TV and radio

29 Nov 2020

BBC Radio Scotland  Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald.  With Martin Plaut discussing the political & humanitarian disaster unfolding in Tigray, and ethics of cuts to the UK aid budget.

22 Feb 2019

BBC Radio 4 The Opportunity of Divorce

04 Mar 2018

BBC Radio Scotland Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross (starts at 1.08, available until 3 April 2018)

06 Dec 2017

Channel 39 Southern Television UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration visits Dunedin

06 Dec 2017

The News The South Today News Update (starts at 5.02)

19 Nov 2017

BBC Radio Scotland Sunday Morning with Cathy MacDonald (starts at 1.05, available until 19 Dec 2017)

18 June 2017

BBC Radio Scotland Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross Live from the Solas Festival

Online and other media

19 Mar 21 Scottish Government News - Press Release

Integrating New Scots

5 Mar 21  UK Parliament Web Conference

Refugees and migrants: Humanitarian emergencies, voluntary resettlement and assisted voluntary returns


13 Feb 21 UNESCO UKNC Special report for World Radio Day

Radio: witness and guardian of our world

Featuring UNESCO RILA team

13 Feb 21 UNESCO UKNC Blog World Radio Day - Alison Phipps
10 Feb 21 BBC Radio Scotland: Scotland Outdoors The Importance of Connecting to the Land for Refugees - A Conversation with Professor Alison Phipps 
25 Nov 2020 Artlyst 

Artist Hannah Rose Thomas – Tears of Gold – Interview

13 Aug 2020

Climate Fringe Stories

Podcast: Book Launch of Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being by Alastair McIntosh, in conversation with Professor Alison Phipps.

20 June 2020 Christian Aid Facebook

World Refugee Day Poem by Alison Phipps for Christian Aid

18 June 2020  Susanna Wesley Foundation

Poem reading by Alison Phipps and Tawona Sitholé

Gifts are in the Feet


Seeds of Thought

Recorded to accompany the book Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community

6 June 2020  Bella Caledonia 

When I Needed a Neighbour (opinion)

7 February 2020 OAR FM Dunedin Centre for Global Migrations and Mornington Methodist Church in Dunedin: Conversation between Behrouz Boochani and Professor Alison Phipps
26 Jan 2020 PEN America An open letter to His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China (signatory)
06 Sept 2019 Channel View Publications / Multilingual Matters blog A Manifesto for Decolonising Multilingualism
21 Jun 2019 Scottish Funding Council Blog From an Acorn
14 Jun 2019 Bella Caledonia Day Dreaming in Darkness
6 Jan 2019 Broadcasting Scotland The Full Scottish
Sept 2018 Who is my neighbour?  St Ninian's Episcopal Church Magazine (p. 6)
29 Aug 2018 Scottish Refugee Council Blog Laughter as Hospitality
05 Aug 2018 Broadcasting Scotland The Full Scottish
20 June 2018 Annual Lecture video via Independence Live Do you get my drift?: ‘Sankofa’ and the Arts of Integrating the old with the new
30 May 2018 Society & Space Border enforcement and the University: a conversation
02 May 2018 Third Force News New chair for Scots refugee group
01 May 2018 MyScience UofG Professor to chair Scotland’s refugee integration partnership and strategy
04 May 2018 UNESCO in the UK - News UofG Professor to chair Scotland’s refugee integration partnership and strategy
11 Mar 2018 Broadcasting Scotland The Full Scottish
04 Dec 2017 MyGlasgow News Ambassador Role For Alison Phipps
29 Sept 2017 Academy of Social Science: News Focus Gedzgem – Resilience: Researching Global Mental Health Multilingually
1 July 2017 Vimeo Documentary Remote: A Documentary about Drones and Humans
20 June 2017 Inaugural Lecture video UNESCO Chair Inaugural Lecture