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Building Evidence on Forced Displacement

YOUNG FELLOWS

To address the need to expand the research on forced displacement, our Young Fellowship Program provides a one-year fellowship to post-doctoral researchers from low- and middle-income countries  to study forced displacement situations. The research findings can be used to design projects, programs, and policies to mitigate the economic, social, and political consequences of forced displacement. The program has also set up a network of senior and junior scholars working with microdata to research forced displacement.


MEET OUR YOUNG FELLOWS, 2020-2021 


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Amir Abdul Reda

Cote d’Ivoire

Amir is an assistant professor in political science at the University Mohamed VI Polytechnique in Rabat, Morocco. He completed his Ph.D in computational political science at the University of Toronto (Canada) and worked on refugee resettlement with the Lebanese Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire in 2011.

Pandemic and Attitudes toward Refugees in Turkey: Testing the Contact Theory

 

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Hundanol Kebede

Ethiopia

Hundanol is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia. His fields of research include trade, applied microeconomics, and development economics. Currently, he is a fellow on Forced Displacement under World Bank Development Economics Research Group.

The Effects of Refugees on Child Health in Host Communities: Evidence from Ethiopia

 

 

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Javier Parada

Mexico

Javier Parada is an agricultural economist, specializing in the application of econometric methods for big data analysis. His research interests lie at the intersections of conflict, agricultural productivity, and poverty. He is currently working on measuring land use changes in fragile countries with satellite imagery.

Scorched and reborn. How the Syrian conflict caused cropland displacement

 

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Merve Demirel Derebasoglu

Turkey

Merve Demirel is a Ph.D. candidate at Bilkent University, Turkey, and has a master’s degree in Mathematics. Her current research interest focuses on economics of education, labor economics, and migration.

Dynamic Effects of the Refugee Influx on the Turkish Labor Market and Understanding the Employment Preferences of Refugees

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Mrittika Shamsuddin

Bangladesh

Mrittika Shamsuddin teaches Development Economics at the Dalhousie University in Bangladesh. She has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and her research focuses on the effects of social protection programs, labor markets, migration decisions and assimilation.

Research Papers: 

Integration of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in Brazil I Press Release

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in Brazil

 

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Leila Aghabarari

Iran

Leila Aghabarari started her career with the World Bank’s Development Economics Group. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Italy, with her thesis focus on banks’ lending during the financial crisis. Currently, Leila is a fellow with the World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center.

Surfing the Inclusiveness of Financial Opportunities for Refugees

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Nelly El-Mallakh

Egypt

Nelly El-Mallakh holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master's in Development Economics from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.  Her research interests include migration, development, labor economics, and political economy.

Shocks, Migration, and Labor Markets in West Africa

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How do shocks affect enrollment in faith-based schools? Evidence from West Africa

Climate Shocks, Migration, and Labor Markets: A Gender Analysis from West Africa

 

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Eugenie Rose Fontep

Cameroon

Eugenie Rose Fontep is an economist whose research is mainly focused on how human capital accumulation, labor market characteristics, and exogenous shocks, such as conflicts and pandemics, can have persisting consequences over generations.

Publications:

Impact of COVID-19 on Labor Market Outcomes of Refugees and Nationals in Kenya

How COVID-19 Continues to Affect Lives of Refugees in Kenya : Rapid Response Phone Survey - Rounds 1 to 5
Understanding the Socio-Economic Conditions of Refugees in Kenya : Volume B – Kakuma Camp : Results from the 2019 Kakuma Socioeconomic Survey

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Nfamara K. Dampha

The Gambia

Nfamara K. Dampha holds a Ph.D. in Climate Change and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include global migration studies, climate change policy, natural resource economics, GIS-based remote sensing applications, and disaster risk reduction. Currently, he is a fellow with the World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center.

Costs and Benefits of Hosting Over 1 Million Refugees: A Natural Capital Accounting Approach in Bangladesh

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Climate resilience in Rwanda: evaluating refugees’ and host populations’ vulnerability to risk

Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Refugees in Ethiopia, Report No. 2: Results from a High-Frequency Phone Survey of Refugees

Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Refugees in Ethiopia: Results from a High-Frequency Phone Survey of Refugees (English)

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Solomon Zena Walelign

Ethiopia

Solomon Zena Walelign is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley. He completed a double Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen and in Forest Sciences at Georg-August University of Göttingen. His research focus includes livelihoods, poverty, large-scale land transaction, refugee-host community relationship, and climate change resettlement.

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Livelihood Impacts of Refugees on Host Communities : Evidence from Ethiopia

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Do host communities see improved livelihoods through agricultural diversification and commercialization as a response to refugees’ inflow?

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Sosso Feindouno

Guinea

Sosso Feindouno holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Cerdi (University of Auvergne), a Master’s (M.Sc.) degree in Statistics and Econometrics from the Toulouse School of Economics. Currently, he is a fellow with the World-UNHCR Joint Data Center.

IDPs, Ethnic Balance and Conflict in the Sahel Region  

Publications:

COVID-19 Impact Monitoring on refugee households in Chad - Round 1

COVID-19 Impact Monitoring on Refugee Households in Chad - Round 2

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Trong-Anh Trinh

Vietnam

Trong-Anh Trinh has a Ph.D. in Economics at RMIT University in Australia. His research interests include  applied microeconomics, with a focus on economic impacts of climate change and development economics.

Diluted Blood Still Better than Water?  The Beneficial Effects of Politicians’ Birthplaces on Refugee  Acceptance and Foreign Aid

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Do Refugees with Better Mental Health Better Integrate? Evidence from the Building a New Life in Australia Longitudinal Survey 

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Yeshwas Admasu Bogale

Ethiopia

Yeshwas Admasu is researching gender dimensions of forced displacement, where he examines the gender differences in access to resources and opportunities for restoring livelihoods among refugees in Ethiopia. His main research interests are development economics and labor economics, with a special focus in applying impact evaluation techniques. He has a Ph.D. from Heriot-watt University in United Kingdom, and M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Read Research: Forced displacement, Gender Differences and Livelihoods:  Refugees in Ethiopia