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Building Evidence on Forced Displacement


Our Young Fellows program provided a one-year fellowship to post-doctoral researchers from low- and middle-income countries seeking 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 also set up a network of senior and junior scholars working with microdata to research forced displacement. Overall, this initiative to support emerging scholars expanded the network of researchers of forced displacement and inspired more research work in this growing field.



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.

Research Paper:

Out of sight, out of mind: The impact of lockdown measures on sentiment towards refugees, Journal of Information Technology & Politics



Hundanol Kebede


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 Refugee Camps on Children of Host Communities: Evidence from Ethiopia




Javier Parada


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.

LAND MATTERS Can Better Governance and Management of Scarcity Prevent a Looming Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa?

MENA can no longer afford to ignore its land problem



Merve Demirel Derebasoglu


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


Mrittika Shamsuddin


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



Leila Aghabarari


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


Nelly El-Mallakh


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

Research Papers:

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



Eugenie Rose Fontep


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.

Research Papers:

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


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

Research Papers:

Rohingya Refugee Camps and Forest Loss in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh : An Inquiry Using Remote Sensing and Econometric Approaches

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)


Solomon Zena Walelign


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.

Research Paper:
Livelihood Impacts of Refugees on Host Communities : Evidence from Ethiopia


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


Sosso Feindouno


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  

Research Papers:

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

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


Trong-Anh Trinh


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

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


Yeshwas Admasu Bogale


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.

Research Papers: 

Forced displacement, Gender Differences and Livelihoods: Refugees in Ethiopia

A Multi-Country Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty in Contexts of Forced Displacement

Multidimensional Poverty, Gender, and Forced Displacement : A Multi-Country, Intrahousehold Analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa