About the Leir Institute

The Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security is a research center based at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Our mission is to help policymakers and practitioners develop more equitable and sustainable responses to migration and its root causes by employing a human security approach.  

We do this by:  

  • Connecting and creating synergies between experts on migration and experts on drivers of displacement such as conflict, violence, social exclusion, governance failures, and climate change;
  • Training current and future policymakers and practitioners to bring human security expertise and adaptive leadership skills to government, international organizations, humanitarian assistance, and civic advocacy;
  • Partnering with local NGOs and government agencies to build local capacity and produce applied research that uses innovative methodologies informed by the human security approach.

We employ a human security approach in our research and programs, which centers freedom from fear, want, and indignity.

Learn more about the Leir Institute at go.tufts.edu/leir.