Research Partners

Paul Tabar is the director of the Institute for Migration Studies and an Associate Professor in Sociology/Anthropology at the Lebanese American University, Beirut campus. He is also an associate researcher at the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney. He is a co-author of Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other (The Institute of criminology, Sydney University, 2004), and has published many articles on Lebanese and Arab migrants in international journals. He is currently co-authoring a book on the cultural practices of the Lebanese migrants in Australia.
Contact details:
ptabar@lau.edu.lb
Eleni Abraham Yitbarek is an economic development advisor for SNV World and a member of the Ethiopian Economic Association. She has experience working in finance and has worked for both the World Bank and the National Bank of Ethiopia.
Contact details:
lulush1981@yahoo.com
Gerawork Getachew Bizuneh is a research officer in a joint project between the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute with previous experience including work as junior adviser of SNV Ethiopia (November 2008 to March 2009) an officer in the Balance Of Payments and International Economic Conditions Division of the National Bank of Ethiopia.
Guita Hourani is a PhD candidate, Migrinter, University of Poitiers, director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC), Notre Dame University-Louaizé, Lebanon.
Contact details:
ghourani@ndu.edu.lb
Nasra M. Shah is a professor of demography at the Department of Community Medicine and Behavioral Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine at Kuwait University. Her research has focused on several different demographic issues in the context of health and societal development. She has conducted extensive research on the Asian region, especially Pakistan and the major South Asian countries and analyzed changes in the social, economic, and health status of women in several Asian and Pacific countries, and edited a major volume on the socioeconomic and demographic profile of Pakistani Women. Shah has had a long-standing interest in studying labor migration, especially from Asian countries to the oil-rich Gulf countries. During the mid-1990s, she was part of a UNFPA funded global project that examined emigration dynamics in four major sending regions. Currently, she is focusing on the labor immigration policies of receiving countries and the possible impacts of this on the sending countries, and looking more closely at irregular migration.
Contact details:
nasra@hsc.edu.kw
Nancy Baron is the director of Global Psycho-Social Initiatives (GPSI). In this capacity, she provides consultation, assessment, training, program design and development, research and evaluation for UN organizations and international and local NGOs in community and family-focused psycho-social, mental health, and peacebuilding initiatives for conflict, post-conflict, and disaster-affected countries.
She is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Psychosocial Working Group; International Training Director for the International Trauma Studies Program, New York, USA; and senior adviser for the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization of Uganda.
Her work has spanned the globe and has included in Africa: Burundi, Egypt, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, and Uganda; in Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, and Sri Lanka; in Eastern Europe: Kosovo and Albania and in the South Pacific: Solomon Islands.
Kassahun Aberra Endeshaw is an assistant researcher at the Ethiopian Economic Association/ Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute where he participates in the macro-econometric model building for the Ethiopian Economy. He has also taught at the Addis Ababa University and Jimma, Hawassa and Bahardar Universities. He has published several works on the Ethiopian financial and economic systems.
Contact details:
kassahun_aberra@yahoo.com
Emerta Asaminew Aragie is a junior research assistant at the Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEPRI) in the Macroeconomic Division where he participates in the preparation of the National Human Development Report of Ethiopia. He has published works on the growth and development of Ethiopia.
Contact details:
emerta@joinme.com
Munzoul A. M. Assal is an associate professor of social anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Khartoum. He has published several works on Sudanese society and African diasporas.
Diane Duclos is a PhD candidate in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and holds a master's degree in development studies (IHEID, Geneva, Switzerland). Diane is interested in considering both migrants’ transnational strategies and policy practices in Iraq, transit countries, and countries of final destination in order to provide a better understanding of the Iraqi migration system. 
Contact details:
duclos_d@hotmail.fr
Getachew Ahmed Abegaz is a research assistant at the Ethiopian Economics Association/ Ethiopian Economic Policy Institute and junior research officer at the National Bank of Ethiopia (Central Bank), Economic Research and Monetary Policy Directorate.
Contact details:
getabegaz@gmail.com   
Heba Nassar is the vice president of Cairo University, professor in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, and a research professor at the Social Research Center at AUC. She has also taught at the Cairo Demographic Center and the Department of Economics at AUC. She has acted as a consultant for WHO, UNFPA, UNESCWA, UNICEF, the Ministries of Health in Egypt, Kuwait and Bahrain, the Center for Human Services, USAID. She is an adviser to the Economic Committee in the Egyptian Parliament. She has conducted several projects on women and work and gender equality in Egypt and has published several works on this topic. She has also written several publications on the labor market and migration in the region.
Contact details:
hebanas@aucegypt.edu
Asem Khalil is a global research fellow at the NYU School of Law, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University and a legal correspondent for the CARIM Network. He has published several works on the legal framework of Israel, Palestine, and the conflict. He also provides legal advice for several research organizations.
Contact details:
akhalil@birzeit.edu
Berhane Tewolde is an assistant professor at the University of Asmara in the College of Business and Economics Department of Economics and Finance. He has published extensively, including research on Italo-Eritrean trade relations and Italian regional territories and Migration in the Sudan.
Contact details:
Btewodle@yahoo.com
Suzanne Menhem is a PhD candidate, Migrinter, University of Poitiers, affiliate researcher at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC), Notre Dame University-Louaizé, Lebanon.
Contact details:
suzie_979@hotmail.com
Mohammed Y. Olwan is a professor of international law at Jordan University and taught law also at the AlgiersUniversity, United Arab Emirate University, and Kuwait University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at British Columbia University, Vancouver, Canada; International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France; Birzeit Institute of Law, Palestine; Diplomatic Institute, Amman, Jordan; and Diplomatic Institute, Muscat, Oman. Professor Olwan was the Dean of the Faculty of Law, at Yarmouk University, Jordan.
He served as a legal consultant to the National Centre of Information and to the Higher Studies and Scientific Research Ministry in Jordan. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Centre of Human Rights in Jordan. He was a member of the Jordanian Team for Middle East Peace Negotiations that achieved the Israeli Jordanian peace treaty in 1994.
Olwan has published more than 60 articles and five books in different specialized journals and encyclopedias. He is the legal correspondent for the European-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM) in Florence, Italy. He is also a member of the editorial board of different scientific journals.
Contact details: 
Moholwan@Hotmail.com
Marina de Regt is an anthropologist with extensive research experience in Yemen. Her main research interests are gender, labor, migration, and development in the Middle East, and particularly in Yemen. Between 1991 - 1998, Marina worked in two development projects in Yemen, first in rural women development and later in urban primary health care. She returned to the Netherlands in 1998 to prepare a PhD dissertation based on her experiences in Yemen. Her dissertation entitled "Pioneers or Pawns? Women Health Workers and the Politics of Development in Yemen" was published by Syracuse University Press in 2007. Her postdoctoral research focused on migrant domestic workers in Yemen. In 2007 she and Dutch filmmaker Arda Nederveen made the documentary Young and Invisible about the lives of Ethiopian and Somali domestic workers in Yemen. In addition to her research activities, de Regt is coordinator of the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS) at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.
Contact details:
marina.deregt@gmail.com
Michael Kagan is a senior fellow in human rights law at The American University in Cairo since Fall 2007. Prior to that, he was the program director of the African and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA). Kagan has worked since 1998 to develop refugee legal aid programs throughout the Middle East. He is the founder of the website RSDWatch.org, which promotes fairness in the UN's refugee status determination procedures. He is also the author of many articles on refugee-related topics, including UNHCR policies, legal aid, United Nations reform, Palestinian property rights in Israel, and the role of international law in shaping the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Heidemarie Woelfel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA. She holds an MA in modern Middle Eastern studies from the American University of Beirut (AUB). His work experience includes employment with the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights Program of Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA.
Contact details:
hmwoelfel@yahoo.com
Mohammed Khalil Al-Moussa is a professor of human rights and international law at Jordan University.
Contact details:
Mohkef@yahoo.com

Ray Jureidini is an associate professor of sociology at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. He was the former director of CMRS. Jureidini is an Australian sociologist, specializing in industrial and economic sociology and has taught in five different Australian universities before venturing to the Middle East. In the past seven years, he has been researching in the field of migration, xenophobia,

and human trafficking, with specific reference to female migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, Egypt, and the Middle East generally.

Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde is an assistant researcher in the Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, in the Macro Division. He has served as a junior research officer at the National Bank of Ethiopia and as brand head at East African Holdings. He has published several works on the economics of Ethiopia.
Contact details:
teddisha2000@yahoo.com