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Learning from the future: Foresight for the next decade of forced migration
20 November 2023
In-person, UNSW Sydney

We live in an age of enormous uncertainty and rapid change. The climate crisis, disruptive technologies, geopolitical instability and massive demographic shifts will reshape our world, in our lifetimes.

What will these megatrends mean for refugees and other forced migrants? Is the international protection regime capable of providing protection amidst these seismic shifts? What legal and policy changes do we need to grapple with to ensure protection for those who need it?

As the Kaldor Centre embarks on its 10th anniversary, our flagship conference will harness strategic foresight to inform the agenda for the decade to come.

The 2023 Kaldor Centre Conference will feature a fresh, scenario-based program that brings together leading experts to unearth the challenges and opportunities for the refugee regime in the decade ahead – and what we must do today to ensure protection for those who need it.

Above the Clouds

Challenge your thinking

Explore the future as we delve into the protection challenges the displaced people may face in a decade. Our innovative program will help us think creatively about what we must do today to prepare for what the future may hold.

In-person connections

Don't miss this opportunity to connect in-person with colleagues and leading thinkers, as we gather at UNSW Sydney for a of learning and discussion, followed by a networking reception.

Side event:

Scholars' workshop


Scholars are welcome to join us on 21-22 Nov 2023 for our interdisciplinary Emerging Scholars Network Workshop, organised in partnership with the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network. Watch this space for details on how to register for this hybrid side event.

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Keynote speaker: Aarathi Krishnan

We are thrilled to announce that futurist Aarathi Krishnan will be the keynote speaker at #Kaldor23.

A Harvard scholar, longtime humanitarian worker, TED favourite and one of ‘100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics’, Krishnan is Strategic Foresight Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme–Asia Pacific.

We look forward to sharing the full conference program shortly.
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Schedule overview

8:30am - 9:00am   Registration

9:00am - 5:00pm   Conference keynote and panel sessions,
                               with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included

5:00pm - 6:30pm   Closing networking reception included 


Get tickets

Register for tickets below or go to the booking site.

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney is the world's first research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. The Centre was founded in 2013 to undertake rigorous research on the most pressing issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world, and to contribute to public policy promoting legal, sustainable and humane solutions to forced migration. 

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work,

and pay our respects to their elders – past and present.

Premier Sponsor

The Kaldor Centre would like to thank our premier conference sponsor

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The Kaldor Centre would like to thank the following conference sponsors for their generous support

Event sponsors

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at

Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia

CRICOS Provider Code 00098G

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