Open State 2017 announces our first keynote speaker: Alexander Betts


Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

His research on refugee and other forced-migration populations has challenged us to find a positive way to manage global migration.

In media and in public debate, refugees are routinely portrayed as a burden. Professor Alexander Betts argues that refugees, who represent a wide spectrum of professional backgrounds, are an untapped resource that could benefit nations willing to welcome them into their economies.

Together with the Don Dunstan Foundation and Hugo Centre, The University of Adelaide, we are proud to welcome Alexander to Adelaide for the Open State festival 2017.