Policing the camp: Refugees and the geographies of humanitarian order in Kenya


Academic Profile

Hanno is a DPhil student in Human Geography.

Hanno received his undergraduate degree in Area Studies Africa from Humboldt University of Berlin and his MLitt in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews. He has worked as a research assistant at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) in Nairobi, for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nyarugusu refugee camp (Tanzania), and for the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation (FES) in Amman (Jordan).

He is co-coordinator for the Africa research group in the German Network for Refugee Research (Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung).


  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) +3 Studentship.
  • Scholarship: German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) for Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Research.

Current Research

Hanno's DPhil project ethnographically explores the role of national police, police reservists and community police (CPPTs) in the everyday running of Kenya's refugee camps.

Current Teaching


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Brankamp, H. (forthcoming) Refugee Camps. In, Falola, T. and Mbah, E.M. (eds.) The Routledge Encyclopaedia of African Studies. Routledge.


Book Reviews

  • Brankamp, H. (forthcoming) Review: Paul Higate and Mats Utas (eds), Private Security in Africa: From Global Assemblages to the Everyday, London: Zed Books, Africa.

Invited talks

  • Presentation for Masters course on 'Leadership in International Refugee Protection', Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany), 5 June 2018.
  • 'The Police archipelago: the refugee camp as an architecture of occupation in Kenya', Aggressive Architecture, Conference organised by Ian Klinke and Alex Vasudevan, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, 10 May 2018.
  • Presentation and Q&A about 'Researching Refugees and Humanitarianism' with undergraduate students at Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg (Germany).

Conference and workshop presentations

  • 'Humanising Refugee Research', Workshop at School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, co-organised with Patricia Daley and Yolanda Weima.
  • 'Occupied Enclave': Policing and the underbelly of humanitarian governance in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya, RGS-IBG Conference 2018, 28.-31. August, Cardiff University.
  • 'Policing refugees in Kenya: Encampment, 'real power', and the politics of occupation', presented at Seminar on 'Refugees vs. The State', British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Nairobi, 21 August 2017.
  • Community Policing in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya, presented at 'Refugees and Forced Migration in the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa: Crises, Trends and Dynamics, Challenges, Opportunities and Conundrums', Naivasha, 25.-27. October 2016
  • 'Community Policing in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya', Researching East Africa workshop at the University of Warwick, 13 May 2016.
  • 'Community Policing in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya', East Africa Discussion group, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 4 May 2016.
  • 'Security Patchworks: Crime, Violence, and Non-state Policing in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya', presented at 9thPan-European Conference on International Relations in Sicily, European International Studies Association (EISA), 23.-26. September 2015.