Our Fellows

Abdirahman Ahmed

Abdirahman Ahmed is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Migration Studies at Jigjiga University, Ethiopia. His research interest is on the durable solutions for forcibly displaced (refugees and IDPs) and diaspora engagement in Ethiopia.

Shaddin Almasri

Shaddin Almasris background is a mix of research and policy work, activism and advocacy with a particular interest in the in- and exclusion of refugee and migrant groups. She is a PhD student in Migration studies based in Austria now.

Dr. Seth Christopher Yaw Appiah

My name is Dr Seth Christopher Yaw Appiah from Kumasi, Ghana. I am currently a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana and a visiting lecturer at PAULESI-University of Ibadan Nigeria (PAULESI). I had training for my PhD in Medical Research International Health from the Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München (LMU) and Reproductive Health Sciences from the PAULESI, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. My research expertise comprises medical sociology-HIV and infectious diseases, gender, migration health, human rights and social protection and adolescent sexual reproductive health.

Dr. Ayar Ata

Ayar Ata is a freelance postdoctoral researcher and linguist. He is an active member of the Sustainability Research Group at London South Bank, a member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) and served as ExCom member 2018-2020.

Bojana Babic

Bojana comes from the spaces of Ex Yugoslavia. She is interested in the various issues around displacement ever since the Bosnia war. This interest brought her back to academia almost a decade ago and many education and research roads in different disciplines and countries. Bojana is particularly interested in continuing to inform her research inquiries within the economic and philosophical anthropology approach along with the multimodal ethnography of everyday life in urban environments.

Prof. Dr. Bezen Balamir Coşkun

Bezen Balamir Coşkun is an international relations scholar at TED Univeristy Ankara. She is passionate to bring in the human factor into foreign policies and actions.

Dr. Jorge Morales Cardiel

Jorge Morales Cardiel has a PhD. Based on his own experiences in Mexico, he studies migration intrinsically from within.

Prof. Dr. Saniye Dedeoglu

Saniye Dedeoglu is professor of social policy in the Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations at the University of Mugla, Turkey. Her research interest centres around the issues gender, work and migration in contemporary Turkey.

Dr. Evan Easton-Calabria

Evan Easton-Calabria is a Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, in Boston, USA, and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

Merve Erdilmen

Merve Erdilmen is PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is a research assistant for Durable Solutions Cluster at Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN). Her research focuses on the localization of humanitarian assistance, gender mainstreaming, and refugee-led organizations in Turkey.

Asresahegn Birhanu Gelaw

Asresahegn Birhanu Gelaw is a PhD candidate at Addis Ababa University and Lecturer at Debre Markos University, Ethiopia.

Dr. Feriha Nazda Güngördü

Nazda is an urban planner, urban politics researcher and lecturer at Çankaya University, Turkey. She is affiliated with Bahçeşehir University Centre of Migration and Urban Studies (BAUMUS) for her ongoing research on internal bordering in Turkey. Nazda holds a Ph.D. in Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments from Middle East Technical University (METU).

Dr. Osama Hazzi

Osama Hazzi is a Vienna-based Syrian doctorate holder from Damascus University with academic experience in Austria (e.g., Postdoc at the University of Vienna). Currently, he is a Visiting Researcher (online) at Carleton University, Canada.

Dr. Palash Kamruzzaman

Palash Kamruzzaman is a Senior Lecturer in social policy at the University of South Wales (USW), UK. He conducted research in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Jordan and Afghanistan and published in the areas of refugees and displacement, expertise in international development, politics of development, aid ethnographies, participation in policymaking, global development goals (eg SDGs, MDGs), civil society and extreme poverty.

Prof. Dr. Aysegul Kayaoglu

Aysegul Kayaoglu is an associate professor of economics at Istanbul Technical University and has a resarch focus on migration, labour economics and development economics. As a self-funded fellow (Tübitak) she is joining IMIS for a full year.

Dr. Gülay Kilicaslan

Gülay Kilicaslan is a political sociologist holding a PhD from the Department of Sociology at York University, Canada. Her dissertation examines the impacts of forced displacement on the dynamics of political mobilisation in the context of Kurdish contentious politics.

Dr. Margaret Monyani

Margaret Monyani is a Global Excellence Stature Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also a Sessional Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where she attained a Doctorate in International Relations in 2021.

Dr. Khangelani Moyo

Khangelani Moyo is an independent researcher and a research fellow at the University of the Free State, Qwaqwa campus in South Africa. He has a background in Migration Studies, Urban Studies, Sociology, and Social Anthropology. His research interests include migration management, refugee governance, migrant transnationalism, spatial identity in the city and social vulnerabilities in the urban peripheries.

Anila Noor

Anila Noor is a refugee-activist and researcher. She is founder and managing director of “New Women Connectors”, a refugee womenled movement, that aims to empower refuges and (im)migrants, and she is also a steering Board Member of the Global Refugee-led Network Co-founder of European Coalition (GRN).

Maria Gabriela Trompetero Vicent

Maria Gabriela Trompetero Vicent is a Doctoral candidate and a lecturer at Bielefeld University with an M.A. in Inter-American Studies. She researches the categorization process of displaced people, focusing on Venezuelan forced displacement and its impact on social cohesion and migration policy development in the Americas, as well as the Colombian response to Venezuelan forced displacement.