Brubaker, Rebecca

Senior Policy Adviser

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  • Rebecca Brubaker

    Research Interests

    • Migration
    • Policymaking
    • Sanctions
    • United Nations system


    • Doctorate - Oxford University
    • Master of Philosophy - Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar)
    • Bachelor of Arts - Swarthmore College

    Biographical Statement

    Dr Rebecca Brubaker is Senior Policy Adviser and Project Director at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR), where she directs projects related to conflict prevention, sanctions, Security Council affairs, transitional justice, migration and refugees. She has published widely in these fields and been frequently called upon to brief Security Council members and senior UN and government officials. Her recent work draws from fieldwork in Central and West Africa and South Asia.

    Prior to joining UNU-CPR, Dr Brubaker led research on cross-cutting sanctions issues within the Security Council Affairs Division of the then UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA). She also co-chaired the UN’s Inter-Agency Working Group on Sanctions and facilitated its inputs to the 2014 High Level Review of UN Sanctions.

    Prior to joining DPA, Dr Brubaker was affiliated with the University of Oxford, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Yale University, University of Virginia and Université Libre de Bruxelles. As an academic, Brubaker worked with UNHCR, UNDP, DESA and a number of local civil society organizations, conducting extensive research related to forced migration, mixed migration and return and reintegration policies in the Balkans and North Africa.

    Dr Brubaker holds a Master’s degree and Doctoral degree from the University of Oxford. She is also a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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