Bina D’Costa is Senior Fellow/Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School. She is also the school’s Deputy Director of Education.
At the height of Europe’s refugee emergency, she moved to UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti as its senior migration and displacement research specialist to build its Migration and Displacement program (2016‒2018). Most recently, she has served in UNICEF’s Rohingya Emergency Response Team in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh.
Bina’s research interests span migration and forced displacement; children and global protection systems; gender-based violence in conflicts; and human rights and impunity. 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.
She has contributed to various projects in South Asia, the Middle East, Horn of Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa. She has worked as a policy analyst for UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development), UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), DFAT (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and DfID (British Department for International Development).
Bina serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal for Transitional Justice and the International Journal of Feminist Politics. Bina is also a member of the UNDP Gender, Crisis Prevention and Recovery expert panel and an Advisory Council member of the Social Science Research Council’s International Center for Gender, Peace and Security.
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 has also served as the Asia Rapporteur for the Asia-Europe 55 member states ASEM global meeting on Children and Human Rights in 2017.