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Department of Education

Inga Støren

Doctoral Student

College Affiliation: St Antony's College

Inga is a DPhil (PhD) Candidate in Comparative and International Education, with a research focus on higher education for refugees. Originally from Norway, she has spent over seven years teaching in Rwanda and Lebanon.

Prior to enrolling in the DPhil program, she earned her M.S. in Global and International Education from Drexel University (Pennsylvania, USA), and her B.A. in Biology from Truman State University (Missouri, USA).

Inga’s DPhil research focuses on the delivery of higher education in protracted refugee situations, with a particular focus on Rwanda. Through a mixed methods approach, the study seeks to evaluate the potential impact of refugee higher education within the framework of UN’s durable solutions for refugees: voluntary repatriation, local integration, and resettlement to a third country.

In addition to her doctoral work, Inga takes on educational research assignments, including with the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) at UNESCO.

She continues to be involved in teaching, and was certified as an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy at Oxford in 2016. She is an instructor in Human Rights/Women’s Rights at Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins, delivering online education to refugee students in Kenya, Malawi, Thailand, and the Middle East. She also teaches International Development at undergraduate level with Oxford Summer Courses.

Lastly, as an ambassador for edSeedTM — a crowdfunding network for refugee higher education— Inga is presently working to promote the online platform in Rwanda.

Title of Thesis

Higher education for refugees within the Durable Solutions Framework: The case of Congolese refugees in Rwanda


Edwards Jr., D. B. & Storen, I. (2018). The World Bank and educational assistance: History, theory, research. In G. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopaedia of education. Oxford University Press.

Edwards Jr., D. B. & Storen, I. (2018). The World Bank and education reform in Indonesia: Community-driven development, school-based management, and low-fee private schools. Privatization in Education Research Initiative.

Edwards Jr., D. B., Brehm, W.C. & Storen, I. (2018). The national politics of educational advocacy in the context of global governance: international funding and support for civil society engagement in Cambodia. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 48(2): 171-188

Edwards Jr., D. B. & Storen, I. (2017). Community-driven development and the changing nature of the World Bank’s impact in Indonesia. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives 16(3): 17-31

Storen, I. (2016). The shortcomings of vocational training in long-term refugee camps: Observations from Lebanon and Rwanda. NORRAG News 53, 72-74


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