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Bina D'Costa

Research and Evaluation Specialist (Migration)

Bina D’Costa joined the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in 2016. Her research interests span migration, children and conflict, gender, human rights and justice. She has undertaken studies on refugees, stateless communities and IDPs, and has provided inputs and technical advice to Human Rights bodies, UN agencies and NGOs. Her publications include books- Children and Violence: The Politics of Conflict in South Asia (editor, Cambridge University Press, 2016); Children and Global Conflict (co-authored, Cambridge University Press, 2015); Nationbuilding, Gender and War Crimes in South Asia (Routledge, 2011, 2013); Marginalistation and Impunity: Violence against Women and Girls in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTC and IWGIA, 2014, 2016); and Gender and the Global Politics of the Asia-Pacific (co-editor, Palgrave, 2010). She joins us from the Australian National University where she was an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs. Bina has held visiting fellowships at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva (2012-14); the Refugee Studies Center, Oxford University (2011-12) and the Global Justice Center, New York (2008). Bina is currently finishing a book with John Braithwaite titled 'Cascades of Violence in South Asia’.
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Children and migration decisions: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll (16 Nov 2017)

Migration is a major human phenomenon that has accompanied civilization since the origins of mankind. People have been moving across regions ...


Protected on Paper? An analysis of Nordic country responses to asylum-seeking children

Bina D'Costa on migrant and refugee children and role of research


Humanitarian research

Building knowledge and evidence on how best to meet children’s needs in emergencies is a pressing challenge. Year-on-year more children are caught u ...

Children and migration: rights and resilience

Children cross borders – within and between countries – in varying circumstances and for different reasons, both voluntary and involuntary.



Gender and Global Politics in the Asia-Pacific

Palgrave 2009


Children and Violence. Politics of conflict in South Asia

Cambridge University Press 2016