Phil Orchard's main research interests focus on how cooperation emerges and evolves in international society among states and other actors. He is particular concerned with how states cooperate over time to deal with differing forms of forced migration, including refugees and internally displaced persons.
Phil's current research interests focus on the dilemmas of regime-induced displacement, when governments deliberately displace their own populations, and how to better improve the international response. He also focuses on the origins and evolution of international cooperation around refugee protection and on recent legal and normative developments with regard to the protection of internally displaced persons.
Phil holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He has served as a Canadian Department of National Defence Security and Defense Forum Post-Doctoral Fellow. While pursuing his doctoral work, he was a Canadian Consortium on Human Security Human Security Fellow and held a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship. He has previously worked as the Assistant to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Internally Displaced Persons, and as a research assistant with the Brookings Institution- City University of New York Project on Internal Displacement.