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    The primary inspiration for my research has been my practical experience working with refugees in Turkey starting in 2003. This experience has driven my continued interest in the theorisation of migrant decision-making and of risk in the context of migration, and more recently in migrant health and well-being, migration journeys and the legal consciousness about the asylum system. I strive to produce theoretically well-grounded research that I hope will contribute to improving the treatment of migrants.

    Between 2017 and 2019 I was the UK-focused principal researcher for the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) funded project '(En)gendering Migration, Development and Belonging: the experiences of recently arrived Afghans in Europe'. We explored gendered experiences of belonging among Afghan refugees who recently arrived  in Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and the UK. 

    As part of the project 'Temporary protection as a durable solution? The 'return turn' in asylum policies in Europe (TemPro)' I am researching durability of residence and protection for refugees in the UK. This project, funded by the research Council of Norway, is a collobartion between anthropologists and legal scholars analysing policy measures and legal developments that have made refugee status more temporary in Norway, Denmark and the UK and the experiences of refugees affected by these trends. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Social Anthropology, Doctorate, 'The Resigned, the Restless and the Resilient: Risk perceptions among Afghan migrants in Turkey', University of Oxford

    … → 2015

    Mphil in Development Studies, University of Oxford

    … → 2006

    Archaeology and Anthropology, Degree, University of Oxford

    … → 2003


    • GN Anthropology
    • migration
    • risk
    • refugees
    • Afghan migration
    • Turkey
    • journeys
    • H Social Sciences (General)


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