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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Suzanne Menhem is a PhD candidate, Migrinter, University of Poitiers, affiliate researcher at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC), Notre Dame University-Louaizé, Lebanon.
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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.
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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.
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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, 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.
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Mohammed Khalil Al-Moussa is a professor of human rights and international law at Jordan University.
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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.
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Amira Ahmed, Research Fellow through the School of Humanities and Social Science (HUSS)
Ms. Ahmed acquired her MA in Anthropology from AUC in 2003 and since then had worked closely with the Forced Migration and Refugee studies Program where she was involved in a number of FMRS Research. She used to work as Assistant to Director in the Office of African Studies before she left to England to purse her PhD. Ahmed’s PhD dissertation “Aliens and Locals: Maids in Contemporary Egypt.” studies and compares the experience of two groups of women migrant domestic workers: Egyptian rural-urban women as internal migrants versus Sudanese refugee women as international migrants. Ahmed came back to AUC during this scholastic year as an FMRS Research Fellow to complete the fieldwork towards her PhD.
Abbas Shiblack, Research Fellow through the School of Humanities and Social Science (HUSS)
Shiblak is a Palestinian currently based in England. He led a major research project on the issue of statelessness in the Arab region, which was completed last year. The project was carried out jointly by the Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Centre (Shaml) and a number of institutions in seven countries covered by the project, as well as in exiled communities outside the region, mainly in Europe.  The area covered was the Arab East, including the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel /Palestine and Iraq), as well as Egypt and Kuwait, where the incidence of statelessness is critical and widespread. Reports emanating from the study and recommendations were sent to all stakeholders in order to share the findings with policy makers, legislators, academics, and human rights and advocacy groups with a view to raising the profile of this issue. However, no academic study of the findings has been published.   In order to do so, Shiblak joined FMRS in 2005/2006 as a Research Fellow through the school of Humanities and Social Science to work on preparing a manuscript in English based on the material and data that has been collected.
Ayman Zohry
Research Associate, during the past year he conducted further research relating to his work on the Migration DRC study on Interrelationships between Internal and International Migration in Egypt. Currently Dr. Zohry is a Senior Migration Researcher on a project titled: Information Dissemination for the Prevention of Irregular Migration from Egypt.
Catherine Philippe
MA Candidate at the Department of Political Science, McGill University, Canada. During her affiliation with FMRS, she worked on her MA thesis focusing on refugee issues. She also interned with UNHCR Cairo office, where she worked at the Resettlement Unit.
Fatma Ali
MA Candidate at the Department of Geography, Soderton University Collage, Southern Stockholm. During her affiliation as a Visiting Researcher, she worked independently gathering date for her thesis relation to the situation of Eritrean Refugees in Cairo.
Gamal Adam
Research Fellow, he conducted fieldwork on Sudanese in Egypt towards his PhD dissertation with the University of Canada on a grant from the International Development and Research Center in Canada (IDRC). His research titled: Living in Limbo: The Case of Young Sudanese Male Refugees in Cairo.
Graig Smith
Craig D. Smith is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. Craig has recently become affiliated with CMRS as a research fellow for the duration of his fieldwork in Egypt, which is expected to last for one year. His thesis research investigates the international politics of irregular migration, focusing on the security implications of militarized borders around the Mediterranean region. His research in Egypt situates projections for climate change-induced migration in the Nile Delta within this regional context. His project is funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre
Gudrun Kroner
Kroner was affiliated with FMRS when she was conducting research towards her PhD dissertation. She acquired her PhD in July 2006, her PhD thesis was: "Beyond Local Contexts: A comparative analysis of female refugee experience in the Arab-Muslim world". She is now working for the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Commission for Social Anthropology where she is currently doing field research on Palestinians in Jordan. She is also affiliated with the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna where she is teaching a course on methods of refugee research.
Hein de Haas
De Haas is currently a Research officer at the International Migration Institute of the University of Oxford where he joined in January 2006. Previously, for a period of five years, he was an affiliated researcher and lecturer at the CIDIN (Center for International Development Issues Nijmegen) at the University of Nijmegen.
De Haas is specialized on issues of migration and development with a particular focus on Morocco. He was affiliated with FMRS during his fieldwork for his postdoctoral research project. The research entailed a comparative study on migration and development in migrant sending areas of the southern and eastern Mediterranean (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Turkey).
During his affiliation with FMRS he gave a talk in FMRS seminar series, was a regular participant of FMRS research meetings, and was one of the reviewers of FMRS report “Expectations and Experiences of Resettlement” (See under Reports).
Jenin Elena Abed
Jenin Elena Abed (born 1983) is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
After graduating from University of Applied Science Bremen, Germany, in International Political Management, she obtained a master's degree in International Migration and Intercultural Relations at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. During her course of studies she spent academic stays abroad in Egypt at the American University in Cairo and at the San Jose State University in the US.
Kelsey Norman
Kelsey P. Norman is a PhD candidate at the University of California Irvine. Her research covers labor market migration from the perspectives of both immigrant-receiving and immigrant-sending countries, as well as the resettlement of refugees.
Norman has most recently lived in Toronto, where she worked with various settlement organizations and conducted research on policies that provide support for immigrants upon arrival in Canada. She is currently living in Cairo, completing her research on citizenship and migration as a CMRS affiliate. As part of her research, Norman has been interviewing members of nongovernmental organizations, service providers and community-based centers to examine the relationship between these organizations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Egyptian government.
Leigh Ellison Sylvan, FMRS Research Assistant
Leigh Sylvan holds a BA in History from the University of Rice, Houston, Texas. She came to Egypt in November 2005 and became affiliated with FMRS as a Research Assistant to Barbara Harrell Bond on the pre-feasibility study for the formulation of the Egyptian Refugee Multicultural Council.  (See more under Outreach) During her stay in Egypt she participated in the investigative research conducted by FMRS on the forced removal of Sudanese protestors from a park near the offices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. (See above under Research). She also did her own research during the demonstration and wrote an article entitled “Refugee Protest in the Global South: Recent Development.” The article was published in the World Refugee Survey of the U.S Committee for refugees and migrants.
Louis Thomas, FMRS Researcher
Louis Thomas holds an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.  Under the supervision of Harrell-Bond, Louis Thomas spent six months in Cairo examining the situation of Eritrean and Ethiopian Muslim refugees assessing through interviews their needs, difficulties and insecurities. She presented the findings of her research at the FMRS seminar series. Moreover, the report that came out of her research will be published soon by FMRS as FMRS Working Paper N0.7. Currently she is working towards her PhD thesis on mixed Eritrean-Ethiopian families.
Maissa Youssef, Research Fellow through the School of Humanities and Social Science (HUSS)
Youssef is a Killam Scholar and a Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.  While formally in the English Department, Youssef’s research has followed a fundamentally interdisciplinary trajectory, challenging commonly accepted assumptions and notions. Her MA research on Contemporary Social and Political Thought focused on the Political Legitimacy of Collective Violence and her current research towards her PhD focuses on statelessness and the political possibilities and limitations for those outside the sphere of politics. Youssef gave a talk in FMRS seminar series and was an active member of the research team who worked on the report of the events surrounding the forced removal of the Sudanese protestors.
Maja Janmyr
Maja Janmyr is a researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen. Her research addresses issues related to the international laws of responsibility, international human rights, refugee law, and humanitarian law.  Her doctoral dissertation addresses the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ international responsibility in relation to insecurity in refugee camps (Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unable and Unwilling States, UNHCR and International Responsibility, Brill 2013). Her current work focuses on readmission agreements and the forced return of failed asylum seekers. She has held previous assignments with the Swedish Red Cross and the Norwegian Organization for Deportees. She has been a visiting researcher at Makerere University in Uganda (2009) and at the Swedish College of Defence (2011). In 2014, she was awarded the ‘Meltzer Young Researcher Award’ for outstanding scientific achievements. The link to her recently published book
Nina Gren
PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at Göteborg University, Sweden. She carried out field work on the West Bank in 2003 and 2004 and is currently writing on her thesis with the preliminary title Legacy of Al Nakba: Politics and Everyday Life in a Palestinian Refugee Camp. Her research focuses on violence, displacement, home making, gender and memory.

Olivia Moseley
During 2007/2008 academic year, the center hosted Olivia Moseley. Olivia was affiliated with CMRS during her field work focusing on the concept of race and the   experiences/practices of racism in Cairo. She is a MA-PhD student in Arab Studies and History at Georgetown University in Washington DC.  

Peroline Ainsworth
Research associate at the Food Science and Nutrition Department at Oxford Brooks University in England. Her research topic is on "Changing diet and Food Habits: Challenges and concerns in adapting to a new food and health environment - A case study of Southern Sudanese in Cairo". Her study explored the changing significance of food among Southern Sudanese forced migrants living in Cairo, how their diet and eating habits changed, what factors influenced these changes, how are these changes putting their  health at risk, and what are people's own concerns?
Saija Niemi, Research Fellow through the School of Humanities and Social Science (HUSS)
Ms. Niemi is a PhD Candidate in human geography at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on how the southern Sudanese transnational forced migration movements between diverse cultural environments are linked with shaping of identities of various status groups within the southern Sudanese diaspora at different levels. For the PhD research Ms. Niemi has carried out fieldwork in Finland,
Egypt, the Sudan and Uganda. Ms. Niemi has previously worked, for example, in the International Organization for Migration in the regional offices in Cairo and Helsinki as well as in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She has worked, studied and visited various countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, the Middle East and Europe.