Antoine Burgard

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in supervising PhD research in history (migration and refugees, humanitarianism, etc.), genocide studies, and youth studies.

Personal profile


Since January 2020, I am a lecturer in contemporary history of humanitarianism at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. I joined HCRI in 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah in Paris. I hold a History PhD from Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). I am currently developing a new project on age and migration control in Britain and France, in collaboration with the John Rylands Research Institute and the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine in Manchester.

Research interests

My research focuses on children in modern situations of war and displacement. My doctoral thesis was a transnational analysis of the resettlement of 1,115 Holocaust child-survivors from Europe to Canada. It retraced the trajectories of these young people and examined the discourses of the various actors (NGOs, immigration agents, health professionals) that participated in their resettlement. This resulted in a history that shed light on population management and migration control and took into consideration the voices of the young survivors. It has received four best doctoral dissertation awards from the Fondation Auschwitz (2018), the French Association of Canadian Studies (2018), the International Council for Canadian Studies (2019), and the Faculty of Humanities at the Université du Québec À Montréal (2019).

My doctoral research was the starting point of two fully funded two-year projects during which I further examined the history of migration control and tried to unravel refugees’ voices. The first was a comparative history of Jewish refugee activism in Britain and Canada in the 1940s and 1950s funded by the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah in Paris. The second was an in-depth analysis (including the collection of twenty testimonies) of how Holocaust child-survivors narrate their post-war journeys. This project was funded by the Fondation Claude Levy in Strasbourg and resulted in a teaching toolkit for highschool students on Jewish children during the Holocaust.

My ongoing project aims at producing the first history of age assessment and migration control and providing historical context to current discussions surrounding the arrival of asylum-seeking youth in Europe. It brings together a history of expert knowledge (how assessment techniques were developed and implemented in migration control) and a history from below of how young people on the move experienced these assessments. I am developing this research in collaboration with the John Rylands Research Institute and the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine in Manchester.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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