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I am an interdisciplinary scholar with a specialist research profile in migration, transnationalism and peacebuilding. My fully-funded PhD -supervised by Prof Uma Kothari at the Global Development Institute - examined the role of conflict-generated diasporas in homeland peacebuilding. Following that, I stayed at Manchester to coordinate the University's Migration Lab before taking up a postdoc at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Here, I have worked across two projects: the NWO funded 'Migration and Human Security' with the Prince Claus Chair dr. Ali Bilgic and in the *Vital Cities and Citizens: Migration and Diversity* programme. In my research, I am driven to understand the political lives of forced migrants. When people are forced to leave their homelands, their access to rights and their belonging to political community become diffused in a messy global network. I want to understand the social and political transformations brought about when forced migrants become ‘acting citizens’ in the face of their legal liminality and social exclusion. To this end, I bring conceptual frameworks in relational sociology to bear on the politics of migration. My empirical expertise is in out-migration from Sudan and Sudanese political development. This derives from seven years of extensive engagement with Sudanese communities in Europe, as well as fieldwork in Khartoum.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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