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DRC Researchers
Chowdhury Abrar (RMMRU, Bangladesh)
Christopher Parsons (Sussex, UK)
Zahir Ahmed (Jahangirnagar Univ., Bangladesh)

Nitya Rao (UEA, UK)

John Anarfi (Isser, Ghana)
Barry Reilly (Sussex, UK)
Munzoul A M Assal (Khartoum Univ., Sudan)
Ben Rogaly (Sussex, UK)
Nasseif Azmy (AUC, Egypt)
Syeda Rozana Rashid (Sussex, UK)
Richard Black (Sussex, UK)
Reem Saêad (AUC, Egypt)
Stephanie Barrientos (IDS, UK)
Rachel Sabates-Wheeler (IDS, UK)
Adriana Castaldo (Sussex, UK)
Sarah Sadek (FMRS, Egypt)
Michael Collyer (Sussex, UK)
Janet Seeley (UEA, UK)
Katy Gardner (Sussex, UK)

Tasneem Siddiqui (RMMRU, Bangladesh)
Ilir Gedeshi (CESS, Albania)
Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder (RMMRU, Bangladesh)
Katarzyna Grabska (FMRS, Egypt)
Ron Skeldon (Sussex, UK)
Barbara Harrell-Bond (FMRS)
Jaber Suleiman
Iman Hashim (Sussex, UK)
Dorte Thorsen (Nordic Africa Institute)
Vegard Iversen (UEA, UK)

Samira Trad (Frontiers Centre, Lebanon)
Ray Jureidini (AUC, Egypt)
Maya Unnithan (Sussex, UK)
Sumaiya Khair (RMMRU, Bangladesh)
Russell King (Sussex, UK)
Terrie Walmsley (Purdue)
Stephen Kwankye (RIPS, Ghana)
Meera Warrier (Sussex, UK)
Julie Litchfield (Sussex, UK)

Ann Whitehead (Sussex, UK)

Deeptima Massey (Sussex, UK)
L. Alan Winters (Sussex, UK)
Kirsty McNay (Oxford, UK)
Carol Yong (IDS, UK)
Lyla Mehta (IDS, UK)
Ayman Zohry (FMRS, Egypt)
Dr Chowdhury Abrar (RMMRU, Bangladesh), cabrar@citecho.net

Chowdhury Abrar is Chairman of the Department of International Relations and Coordinator of RMMRU at University of Dhaka. He has written on the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya, Chakma and Bihari refugees in Bangladesh, as well as more generally on the environment and the military.

Zahir Ahmed (Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Zahir Ahmed is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University. He obtained his M.A. and D.Phil in Social Anthropology from Sussex University, UK. Dr. Zahir's main areas of interest include development, indigenous knowledge and livelihood. He has published numerous articles both at home and abroad and completed several researches and consultancy reports. He is currently carrying out a World Bank research on Identifying Opportunities to Improve efficiency in Chittagong Port.

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Professor John Anarfi (ISSER, Ghana), jkanarfi@ug.edu.gh

John Anarfi is currently Deputy Director of ISSER and a demographer with specialist experience on the migration of women; sexuality and HIV/AIDS; adolescent reproductive health; and street children. He has previously done work on female migration and prostitution for GTZ (German Development Cooperation); female itinerant traders and the risk of HIV infection for SIDA (Swedish Development Cooperation), and the causes of international migration for the European Commission. He has published widely, including 23 articles in refereed journals.

Dr Munzoul A M Assal (University of Khartoum, Sudan)

Munzoul A M Assal received his PhD from the Unviersity of Bergen, Norway. His major interest is the anthropology of forced migration. He wrote Sticky Labels or Rich Ambiguities: Diaspora and Challenges of Home-Making for Somalis and Sudanese in Norway (Bergen: BRIC, University of Bergen, 2004), and co-authored Anthropology in the Sudan: Reflections by Sudanese Social Anthropologists (Utrecht: International Books, 2003). To be published soon is Diaspora Within and Without Africa: Homogeneity, Heterogeneity, Dynamism (Uppsala: The Scandinavian Institute of African Studies). Assal is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Khartoum, Sudan.

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Nasseif Azmy (AUC, Egypt)

Nasseif Azmy is a social worker and artist, specializing in puppet theater and video documentaries. He lives and works in France and Egypt.


Dr Stephanie Barrientos (IDS, UK) , S.Barrientos@ids.ac.uk
Stephanie Barrientos' main areas of interest are in gender and development, with a particular focus on globalisation, agribusiness, ethical trade, corporate responsibility and international labour standards. She has worked in an advisory capacity with a number of NGOs and international organisations > IDS profile

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Professor Richard Black (Sussex, UK), r.black@sussex.ac.uk

Richard Black is a geographer and Director of the DRC. His work focuses on the study of international migration, including forced migration and post-conflict return, and related social and economic transformations. He is also co-editor of the leading international interdisciplinary journal in refugee studies, the Journal of Refugee Studies, published by Oxford University Press > Sussex profile


Dr Adriana Castaldo (Sussex, UK), a.castaldo@sussex.ac.uk

Adriana Castaldo is a quantitative researcher specialising in the measurement and the analysis of migration and its links with poverty and development. She is currently a research fellow at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research > Sussex profile

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Dr Michael Collyer (Sussex, UK), M.Collyer@sussex.ac.uk

Michael Collyer is currently undertaking a Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellowship in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. He is interested in European Union migration policy and migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. His current research looks at the dynamics of the Moroccan migration system, exploring how migrants perceive and construct transnational space. He is working closely with researchers at Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tétouan, Morocco and is regularly in Morocco > Sussex profile

Dr Katy Gardner (Sussex, UK), K.Gardner@sussex.ac.uk

Katy Gardner is a social anthropologist who has conducted extensive fieldwork in Sylhet, Bangladesh and has recently completed research on the themes of memory, gender and space with Bangladeshi elders in the United Kingdom, funded by the Leverhulme Fellowship. She has also worked on an ESRC-funded project on 'Kinship, Entrepreneurship and the Transnational Circulation of assets' as part of the ESRC's Transnational Communities Programme > Sussex profile

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Dr Ilir Gedeshi (CESS, Albania), cess@albnet.net

Ilir Gedeshi is Director of CESS and an economist who has worked extensively on regional migration trends in the Balkans. Dr Gedeshi is the former Director of the Department of Economics at the University of Tirana and has published numerous articles on the transition in Albania in English, French and Albanian.

Katarzyna Grabska (IDS, Sussex) k.grabska@ids.ac.uk

Katarzyna Grabska (M.A. International Relations, the Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Washington DC) has been working as a Projects Coordinator and Researcher at the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies program at the American University in Cairo since July 2002. She conducted a study on the livelihood strategies of Sudanese refugees in Egypt. Between December 2004 and April 2006, she was the DRC project coordinator and researcher at AUC carrying out and coordinating research on rights policies of forced migration in Egypt and the Middle East in general. Kasia has experience working in the field of refugees, human rights, and humanitarian assistance in Brussels, Cambodia, Guinea, Vietnam, and Egypt. She was also associate producer in a documentary project on the life of Sudanese refugees in Egypt. As of October 2005, Kasia is a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex studying the impact of forced migration on gender relations of returnees and stayees in Southern Sudan.

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Barbara Harrell-Bond (FMRS) , behbond@aucegypt.edu

Barbara was the founding director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. In 2001, she established a legal assistance program in Cairo now known as Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), where she is a member of the Advisory Board. She was elected as an Honorary Fellow at Lady Margaret Oxford College Hall in 2004, for her contribution to the field of refugee studies. On 22 June 2005, Barbara was listed on Queen Elizabeth's Honours list as an Officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) 'for her contributions to refugees and forced migration studies'. Her groundbreaking book, Imposing Aid, is now available online, and her recent book, Rights in Exile has just been released, co-written with Dr. Guglielmo Verdirame. Barbara coordinates FMRS collaborative research with the University of Sussex under the aegies of the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty and will be teaching one of the elective courses in the FMRS Diploma as of spring 2007.


Dr Iman Hashim (Sussex, UK) I.M.Hashim@sussex.ac.uk

Iman Hashim has recently completed her doctoral thesis in development studies at the University of Sussex. Her research involved long-term ethnographic research in a farming community in northeastern Ghana, where she focussed on the work of children for their own households and as migrants into and out of the village, as well as on community attitudes toward education and childrenęs experiences of education. Prior to beginning her D.Phil. studies she worked for the International Labour Office as a research officer on child labour.


Dr Vegard Iversen (UEA, UK) v.iversen@uea.ac.uk

Vegard Iversen is Lecturer in Economics at the School of Development Studies of the University of East Anglia, UK. His research interests include theories of household behaviour with a bargaining or game-theoretic foundation and empirical analysis of intra-household allocations. He is also interested in rural institutions and general problems of rural development, including management of natural resources. His recent work, relevant for analysis of child labour and theories of the household, includes: empirical analysis of child migration behaviour and inter-generational dynamics in rural Karnataka, India; development of new theories of household behaviour for rural sub-Saharan Africa > UEA profile

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Ray Jureidini (AUC, Egypt) rayj@aucegypt.edu

Dr. Ray Jureidini, joined AUC as an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Sociology/Anthropology Department as of July 2005. Brought up in Australia and from Lebanese and Palestinian parentage, Dr. Jureidini's research interests lie in the fields of industrial sociology, economic sociology, migration and human rights. He has taught sociology in a number of universities in Australia. As a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Australian Arabic Council, he has been a human rights activist in countering anti-Arab sentiments and vilification. After 6 years in Beirut, Dr Jureidini is now in Cairo teaching on Globalization and Migration and co-teaching Introduction to Forced Migration and Refugee Studies with Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond. His current research is specifically on a range of issues dealing with female migrant domestic workers in Lebanon and the Middle East. In addition, he has been teaching courses on migration and the sociology of human rights including forced migration and refugees, racism and xenophobia in the Arab world and human trafficking for domestic and sexual exploitation.

Sumaiya Khair (RMMRU, Bangladesh)

Sumaiya Khair is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and an Instructor at the Departmentęs Clinical Legal Education Programme. She has a Ph.D. from U.K. and has obtained her LL.B.(Hons.) and LL.M. degrees from the University of Dhaka. She holds executive positions in a couple of University-based research bodies and is also actively associated with other research and advocacy initiatives outside of the University. Her areas of interest and specialisation include human rights, child rights, gender issues and governance. She has written extensively on law, justice and human rights and has to her credit a number of articles and publications in both national and international journals and books. She has also served as a consultant for international and domestic agencies on legal and policy issues.


Professor Russell King (Sussex, UK), R.King@sussex.ac.uk

Russell King is a geographer and co-director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. He has extensive experience of conducting and supervising research on migration, including funded projects on international retirement migration, Albanian migration, and migration and return in West Africa. He is editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies > Sussex profile

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Stephen Kwankye (RIPS, Ghana) kwankyeso@hotmail.com

Stephen Kwankye has been Acting Director of RIPS since 2001 and Associate Project Director of the Population Impact Project (PIP) at Legon since 1995. His work has focused on internal migration, health and fertility in Ghana.

Dr Julie Litchfield (Sussex, UK), J.A.Litchfield@sussex.ac.uk

Julie Litchfield is an applied economist, and Director of the Poverty Research Unit at Sussex. She is currently studying labour market impacts of migrant return in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire > Sussex profile

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Deeptima Massey (Sussex, UK)

Deeptima Massey is a D Phil student, with a DRC bursary to work within Theme 1 on migration, livelihoods and social protection. She has recently joined the Centre after finishing her MPhil on Hazardous Industries of Delhi from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. She studied the impact of the closure of industry on the livelihoods of industrial owners and workers who were largely immigrants into the city, and their coping strategies after being rendered unemployed. Presently, she is working on internal seasonal migration in rural parts of West Bengal. The main focus of her study will be on migration as social protection by and for migrants, family and kin. She will examine how migration can both lead to, as well as reduce vulnerabilities for migrants and their families. In June 2005, she will carry out ethnographic fieldwork in Murshidabad and Barddhaman districts to study migration from origin, in transit and at the destination.

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Dr Kirsty McNay (Oxford, UK)

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Dr Lyla Mehta (IDS, UK) L.Mehta@ids.ac.uk

Lyla Mehta is a sociologist combining natural science and institutional perspectives to engage with contemporary environment and development issues such as water scarcity, water resource development, dams and community-based natural resource management. Her current research focuses on the gendered dimensions of forced displacement and resistance in India and the effects of competing forms of governance on people’s rights and access to resources > IDS profile

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Nitya Rao (UEA, UK) n.rao@uea.ac.uk

With a background in rural management and development studies, Nitya has a special interest in the study of gender and other social relations. Her current research interests include gendered changes in land and agrarian relations, livelihood strategies, in particular migration, equity issues in education policies and delivery mechanisms, gendered access and mobility, and social relations within environmental and other people's movements. The geographical focus of her work is mainly India and Bangladesh, though she also has interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

In the past year Nitya haa worked on review papers on the theme of women's right to land, assets and other productive resources and its impact on gender relations, based on lessons learnt from development policies seeking to mainstream gender concerns in South Asia. She has also worked on the theme of gender and agrarian change in the context of liberalisation in India.

Christopher Parsons(Sussex, UK)

Chris Parsons completed his BSc in Economics at Cardiff (University of Wales), and his MSc in Economics and Economic Development at Nottingham University. Chris is specifically interested in matters relating to trade and migration. His MSc thesis used a gravity model to investigate the impact of increased immigration from the EU accession countries on western EU bilateral trade flows. Chris's research interests also include poverty, inequality and the changing patterns of aid flows.

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Dr Barry Reilly (Sussex, UK),   B.M.Reilly@sussex.ac.uk

Barry Reilly is currently a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sussex and is also a Research Fellow at IZA, Bonn.  He has previously worked in the Economic and Social Research Institute (Dublin), University College, Dublin, and at the University of St.Andrews.  His research interests lie largely in the field of applied econometrics and labour economics.  His current research emphasis is on labour market outcomes in transitional economics with a focus on gender issues, wage inequality, and informal sector activity.  He has recently undertaken commissioned work for the World Bank and UNICEF on topics in these areas > Sussex profile

Dr Ben Rogaly (Sussex, UK), B.Rogaly@sussex.ac.uk

Ben Rogalyęs main research interests are in labour migration, and in particular the migration of agricultural, horticultural and packhouse workers. For most of 1999 and 2000 he was based in West Bengal, India, where he led a six-person team of researchers comparing the causes and consequences of seasonal migration by rice workers. Ben connected his migration research with earlier work on microfinance through the examination of the role of remittances in the financial lifeworlds of migrant families in West Bengal and Mexico. He has contributed to the debate on UK migration through recent work on migrants working in horticulture and food processing. Ben is developing further research in this area and on identities and social action in contemporary Britain > Sussex profile

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Syeda Rozana Rashid (Sussex, UK)

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Reem Saęad (AUC, Egypt)

Reem Saad is a social anthropologist working at the Social Research Center of the American University in Cairo. Her areas of interest are rural society, public culture and ethnographic film.

Dr Rachel Sabates-Wheeler (IDS, UK) r.sabates-wheeler@ids.ac.uk

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler is a development economist and Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. Her special expertise in Albania and elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe has focused on the economic, social and gender implications of post-socialist transition for the rural sector. She is also a poverty trainer for DFID under the PRSP initiative > IDS profile

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Sarah Sadek (FMRS, Egypt) ssadek@aucegypt.edu

Sarah Sadek (B.A, Political Science, AUC) is the Research Assistant with the FMRS/DRC Project. Her previous experiences include assistantship at the East Awards Department of the International Population Council in Egypt. Before joing FMRS, Sarah worked as Assistant Program Officer in the International Relations Department of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Dr Janet Seeley (UEA, UK), j.seeley@uea.ac.uk

Janet Seeley is a social anthropologist at the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia with current research interests in livelihood approaches to rural poverty reduction and gender and development.
Janet Seeleyęs migration research interests focus on the role internal migration plays in poor peopleęs livelihoods, including creating links between livelihoods approaches and health interventions and social protection, to more effectively reach different disadvantaged groups. She is particularly interested in female migration and has recently been looking at issues to do with women and girlsę migration in both Bangladesh and Southern India. She is also interested in the interface between migration and HIV/AIDS impact mitigation. As a consultant with UEAęs Overseas Development Group she continues to work with rural livelihoods projects in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India and has recently undertaken research on gender-specific aspects of HIV/AIDS impact mitigation and rural livelihoods in Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and India > Profile

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Dr Tasneem Siddiqui (RMMRU, Bangladesh) rmmru@aitlbd.net

Tasneem Siddiqui is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka. Dr Siddiqui has recently written extensively on migration and gender issues in Bangladesh and recently edited a collection on 'Streamlining the labour recruitment process in Bangladesh.


Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder (RMMRU, Bangladesh) mdsikder@rmmru.org mdsikder@rmmru.org

Mohammad is currently Senior Research Associate of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), an affiliate of the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has a MA in Development Studies from the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds, UK. Mohammad completed his MSS in International Relations in 2002 and BSS (Hons) in International Relations in 2000 from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His primary research interests include voluntary and involuntary migration including trafficking, refugee situations, informal border trade, human rights and rural development. He has published a monograph and recently an article on livelihoods and informal trade at the Bangladesh border in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies published by Routledge. He is involved in various research projects and has presented papers in national and international workshops, conferences and seminars in Bangladesh, Spain and India.

Professor Ron Skeldon (Sussex, UK), R.Skeldon@sussex.ac.uk

Ron Skeldon is a geographer and demographer with a long experience of research on migration issues in developing countries. He has helped produce methodologies for survey design on child labour in the Asian region for ILO. Aside his teaching at the University of Sussex he also has a Visiting Professorship at the University of Singapore and a range of external research activities.
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Jaber Suleiman jsleiman@inco.com.lb

Jaber is an anthropologist, and an independent researcher working in Lebanon. He was visiting research fellow at the Refugee Studies Program, University of Oxford over 1997-98 and has authored several articles and studies dealing with Palestinian refugees and the right of return. He is an activist in the ROR movement and the coordinator of 'A'idun Group' in Lebanon. Currently, Jaber is acting as project assistant for suveys in Lebanon and Syria for a UNRWA -IUED (Geneva University)/ UCL (Louvain Universiy) joint socio-economic survey of Palestinian refugees across the Agency's five fields of operation.

Dr Dorte Thorsen (Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden) Dorte.Thorsen@nai.uu.se

Dorte Thorsen recently received a DPhil in African Studies from Universityof Sussex. She has carried out interdisciplinary research in the Bisaregion in south-eastern Burkina Faso since 1997. Her doctoral research focused on rural women's everyday lives, household economy, decision-making and the countless ways in which women pursue their preferences, and involved long-term ethnographic research that also gave detailed insights into intergenerational relationships. In her postdoctoral research project, she returned to work with children and youth in a project on children's independent migration, their livelihood experiences and their objectives when seeking wage labour. Earlier she had worked with forced migrants in this age group in asylum seeker centres run by the Danish Red Cross in Denmark. In November 2005 Dorte Thorsen joined the Nordic Africa Institute where she continues her research with young migrants.

Samira Trad (Frontiers Centre, Lebanon) samiratrad@fastmail.fm

Samira Trad, MA International Relations (University of Southern California): Licence de droit (Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg). Founder and Director of ACSRA and Frontiers Lebanese non-governmental organisations working on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. Worked for many years as a researcher with Amnesty International (IS-London) and the international Institute for Human Rights (Strasbourg).

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Dr Maya Unnithan (Sussex,UK), M.Unnithan@sussex.ac.uk

Maya Unnithan is an economic anthropologist whose work has focused on poor communities in Raja stan, NW India. She has conducted two field based studies funded by the Wellcome Trust on poor women's access to reproductive healthcare and the role of spiritual healers and local midwives in enhancing the quality of maternal care. She is leading a new MA at Sussex on Medical Anthropology > Sussex profile

Terrie Walmsley (Purdue, US), twalmsle@purdue.edu

Terrie Walmsley is Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University. Her research interests include international trade, capital and labour mobility and CGE modeling. Terrie is involved in a number of projects including beaming the impact of an FTA between the EU and South Africa. She also works with the Dynamic GTAP model, having examined China's accession to the WTO and developed a base case scenario for use with the model > Personal profile

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Dr Meera Warrier (Sussex, UK), M.Warrier@sussex.ac.uk

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Professor Ann Whitehead (Sussex,UK), A.Whitehead@sussex.ac.uk

Ann Whitehead is the coordinator of all work under theme 1. She is an anthropologist with a long term interest in socioeconomic and agrarian change and a specialist in gender and development issues. She has written widely on gender and poverty issues in Africa, with a more recent focus on women and land tenure. She has undertaken long term empirical work in Ghana in communities with high levels of long term labour migration and has published work on socioeconomic change and poverty, household livelihood strategies and inter-generational and gender relations in that area. She has also acted as adviser on gender, poverty and development for the World Bank, UNCTAD and UNRISD > Sussex profile

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Professor L. Alan Winters (Sussex, UK), L.A.Winters@sussex.ac.uk

Alan Winters is an economist and a former Division Chief at the World Bank. He has published widely on trade and trade policy and more recently on the impact of trade on poverty, and is currently working on a DFID-funded project analysing the consequences of migration of talent for developing countries > Sussex profile


Carol Yong (IDS, UK) oly20@sussex.ac.uk
Carol completed her MPhil degree at the University of Malaya (Malaysia) in 2000. Her thesis has been revised and published in book form entitled, "FLOWED OVER: The Babagon Dam and the Resettlement of the Kadazandusun in Sabah (Publisher: Centre for Orang Asli Concerns, COAC, Subang Jaya, 2003). She has recently completed her doctoral fieldwork among two dam-affected
Orang Asli communities and is now writing up her thesis at IDS Sussex.

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Dr Ayman Zohry (FMRS, Egypt), ayman.zohry@aub.edu.lb

Ayman Zohry is visiting Assistant Professor of Demography at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the American University of Beirut (AUB). His research interests are labour force issues and labour migration including demographic analysis; environment, population and development; fertility, family planning, and reproductive health; and medical demography and population health > AUB profile


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