Lena Rose Convenor, Oxford Migration and Mobility Network


Dr Lena Rose is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. Her research areas are migration and refugee studies, legal anthropology, religion, transnationalism and globalisation. Lena is the convener of the interdisciplinary Oxford Migration and Mobility Network, which draws together researchers of migration and mobility from across the University. The Migration and Mobility Network it is hosted by the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity at COMPAS and combines the expertise of more than a hundred researchers from more than twenty different departments from across the University of Oxford.

Lena completed her DPhil in Social and Cultural Anthropology in May 2019, based COMPAS. Her doctoral work was concerned with the role of power in the circulation of ideas, resources, people, and theology within global evangelicalism. She conducted ethnographic fieldwork among Palestinian and ‘Western’ evangelical Christians in Israel-Palestine, Europe and North America, while paying attention to the theologies that shape evangelicals’ approaches to Israel. Her doctoral work has already resulted in a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Current Anthropology, Global Networks, and Ethnos. She also holds an MSc Migration Studies (University of Oxford, 2013).

Her current three-year interdisciplinary research project entitled ‘Christianity on Trial: Asylum, Conversion, and the Modern Nation-State’ (2019-2022) based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies examines the negotiation of ‘Christianity’ through the lens of asylum adjudications of claimants based on the fear of religious persecution following a conversion to Christianity. In these cases, secular judges have to assess the genuineness of the conversion, and risks of practising Christianity in the country of origin of the applicants. This study of case law and ethnographic fieldwork at courts in Germany, France, and the UK explores the tensions between culture, religion, and power in the negotiation of what ‘Christianity’ is.


  • L Rose, ‘Geometries of ‘Global’ Evangelicalism’ (2019) 19 Global Networks, pp. 86-100
  • L Rose, ‘Nazareth Village and the Creation of the ‘Holy Land’ in Israel-Palestine’ (2019) Current Anthropology (forthcoming)
  • L Rose, ‘Palestinian Evangelicals – A Theologically Engaged Anthropological Approach’ (2019) Ethnos
  • C R Parsons, S Rojon, L Rose and F Samanani, ‘High Skilled Migration through the Lens of Policy ‘ (2018) Migration Studies
  • L Rose and D Thebault, ‘What Kind of Christianity? A v Switzerland ‘ (2018) 7 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, pp. 543-550