Policing refugees: an ethnography of police work and community policing in Kenya's refugee camps


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


Other Writings

Papers presented at Seminars and Conferences

  • 'Community Policing in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya', presented at Researching East Africa workshop at the University of Warwick, 13 May 2016.
  • 'Security Patchworks: Crime, Violence, and Non-state policing in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya', presented at 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in Sicily, European International Studies Association (EISA), 23-26. September 2015.