Paul V. Dudman

Position: Archivist

Telephone: +44 (0) 208 223 7676


Contact address:

Room DL.G.02
The Refugee Archives at UEL
Library & Learning Service
University of East London
Docklands Campus
4-6 University Way
E16 2RD

Brief Biography

Paul Dudman is the Archivist based at the University of East London.  Paul has been responsible for the Refugee Council Archive at UEL since 2002 and has over a decade’s experience working within higher education archives. The University of East London has collectiong strengths within the fields of refugee and forced migration studies; Olympic and sports studies; and theatre studies.  UEL’s current archival collections include the Refugee Council Archive; Hackney Empire Theatre Archive; and the British Olympic Association Archive and Library.

Paul is interested in the role of archives in helping to support the collection and preservation of first-hand life histories and testimonies both for their importance for allowing often marginalised voices to be heard and for their ability to support refugee advocacy. On behalf of the Refugee Archives at UEL, Paul has been undertaken civic engagement and outreach work to raise awareness of the importance of refugee archives and to encourage the use of oral history in documenting life histories of refugees. Paul is a member of a range of professional bodies including the Archives and Records Association, the Oral History Society, the International Council on Archives, the British Records Association and the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration.

Externally, Paul is involved in a number of activities withn the fields of archives and refugee/migration issues.  Paul is a co-convenor of the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) Working Group on for the Archiving and Documentation of the History of Forced Migration and Lead Convenor for the Oral History Society Special Interest Group on Migration.  Paul has been involved with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives within the UK and holdsvoluntary positions as the Head of Web for the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners in Migration (ESPMI) Network and the Migration and Asylum Network.

Paul has also been involved with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives which looks to help preserve and make accessible the invaluable archival and historical resources located within voluntary and third sector organisations.

Areas of Interest

Archives administration, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, History, Narrative Research; Sociology and Oral History.


Paul holds an MScEcon in Archives Administration from Aberystwyth University and he also holds an MScEcon in Information and Library Studies from the same institution. As an historian at heart, Paul completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Southampton.

Professional Memberships

Paul is a member of a number of professional bodies within the fields of archival studies, sociology and oral history.  These include:

Archival Studies – Archives and Records Association; British Records Association; and the International Council on Archives.

Sociology – the British Sociological Association and the Internationa Association for the Study of Forced Migration.

Oral History – the Oral History Society.

Networks and Social Media