Our team

   
Dr Yamen Al-Betawi

Dr Yamen Al-Betawi

Co-Investigator & Jordan Academic Lead

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, The Hashemite University 
Yamen is an architect and urban planner. His research interests revolve around issues related to place making, design of good cities, housing quality, social sustainability, quality of life and displacement. In addition to his academic profession, Yamen had worked on the design and consultation of several architecture, urban design and planning projects on both the local and regional scales.
 

Emma Allen

Emma Allen

Jordan Country Team

Project Manager, Samuel Hall
As a Project Manager at Samuel Hall, Emma has worked across the Resilience, Children & Youth and Migration Pillars. Working on both quantitative and qualitative approaches, with a focus on qualitative research methodologies and analysis, her work has particularly focused on gender and child protection challenges. Emma has over four years of experience managing research in Central and South Asia and the Middle East.
 

Stefanie Barratt

Stefanie Barratt

Survey Design Lead

Data Standards & Analytics Lead, Samuel Hall
At Samuel Hall, Stefanie applies her background in statistics to the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data collected by field teams under her supervision, across Asia and Africa. Stefanie works to advance standards in data collection and analysis in challenging settings, including forced displacement settings, in order to shed light on sensitive topics such as displacement-related vulnerabilities, traumatic experiences, and attitudes/opinions.
 

Jason Bell

Jason Bell

Ethiopia Country Team

Manager, Durable Solutions (Ethiopia) at Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat
Jason is the Durable Solutions Manager for the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) Ethiopia Country Unit, which coordinates 14 NGOs on advancing the durable solutions agenda in the East and Horn of Africa. Jason has over 15 years of work experience, including more than 10 years in the Horn of Africa, with a particular focus on forced displacement programming, research and policy dialogue.
 

Professor Alison Brown

Professor Alison Brown

Co-Investigator & WP2 Lead

Professor, Urban Planning & International Development, Cardiff University 
Alison is a Professor at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University and Course Director for the MSc in International Planning and Development. She is a chartered town planner with extensive professional experience in the developed and developing world, in both consultancy and academic research.
 

Dale Buscher

Dale Buscher

Gender and self-reliance specialist

Vice President, Programs, WRC
Dale has 30 years of humanitarian experience which ranges from direct service delivery in Asia, the Middle East, and the Balkans, to research and global policy. He has conducted researched in urban displaced contexts around the world focused primarily on refugee protection and refugee livelihoods. He led the development of the first ever Livelihoods Field Manual for Humanitarian Practitioners, and is a recognized expert and advisor on gender, gender equality, and the prevention of gender-based violence. Dale has worked and consulted with numerous NGOs as well as UNHCR and UNDP and currently serves as Vice President, Programs for the Women’s Refugee Commission where he oversees the organization’s 40 research and advocacy programs and projects.
 

Dr Deena Dajani

Dr Deena Dajani

Researcher 

Researcher, International Institute for Environment & Development 
Deena has conducted ethnographic and participatory research with refugee and migrant populations across Europe and the Middle East, and worked on interdisciplinary projects building partnerships with civil society to work towards more inclusive urban spaces.
 

Dr Engida Dube

Dr Engida Dube

Co-Investigator & Ethiopia Academic Lead

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Dilla University
Engida is an Urban Geographer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Dilla University, Ethiopia. He was also Urban Studies International Fellow (2018); a fellow at the Academy for African Urban Diversity (2017) (a joint project of University of Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town and Max Plank Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) and AfricaLics PhD Academy (2017).
 

Dr Lucy Earle

Dr Lucy Earle

Principal Investigator & WP1 Lead

Principal Researcher, HSG, International Institute for Environment & Development
Lucy leads the institute’s research and policy engagement on urban crises, focusing on the intersections of urbanisation, urban poverty and humanitarian crises, in particular forced displacement into and within urban areas.

Dr Patricia García Amado

Dr Patricia García Amado

Researcher 

Research Associate, Cardiff University 
Patricia is a Research Associate in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on forced migration, integration, and housing rights in urban contexts. A Doctor of Human Rights by the University of Deusto, she has a background in political science, humanitarian, and peace studies and has worked as conflict analyst, lecturer, and consultant for several academic and aid institutions. 
 

Dr Tegegne Gebre-Egziabher

Dr Tegegne Gebre-Egziabher

Ethiopia Country team 

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Addis Ababa University 
Tegegne is a Professor of Urban and Regional Development and Planning at the Addis Ababa University. He obtained his PhD from the Ohio State University. He has many years of experience in teaching and research and has published extensively. He also has provided extensive consultancy services to both international and national organizations. He is a founding member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.
 

Jawid Hassanzai

Jawid Hassanzai

Afghanistan Country Team

Deputy Country Representative – Research, Samuel Hall
Jawid coordinates research and business development for Samuel Hall in Afghanistan. He has also been involved as a researcher on a number of Afghanistan-based research projects on resilience, migration, and youth & children. He has an extensive knowledge of the Afghan context and has developed a significant experience across a broad variety of research topics.
 

Kellie Leeson

Kellie Leeson

Gender and self-reliance specialist

Refugee Point & WRC Initiative Lead, WRC
Kellie has over 15 years’ experience designing and managing large scale health, education, and livelihoods programs for the displaced, and was the initiator and architect of IRC’s urban refugee initiative. Kellie’s work with urban refugees led to her current interest in self-reliance, including co-creating the Well-Being and Adjustment Index and co-founding the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative where she is currently a Senior Advisor to the Initiative.
 

Dr Peter Mackie

Dr Peter Mackie

Co-Investigator

Reader, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University
Peter has a long-standing interest in urban livelihoods and the informal economy. In all of Peter’s research he has sought to understand the experiences of people in poverty from their own perspectives and he is increasingly engaged in advanced quantitative methods relating to administrative data-linkage. Peter is also recognised as a leading expert in the field of housing and homelessness.

Dr Nassim Majidi

Dr Nassim Majidi

Co-Investigator & WP 3 Co-Lead

Founder, Director & Migration Pillar Lead, Samuel Hall
Nassim specialises in return migration and over the past ten years her crosscutting skills have led her to interview refugees, migrants, and returnees across the world . As well as her role at Samuel Hall, Nassim is also a Research Associate at the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, USA
 

Jack Makau

Jack Makau

Kenya Country Team 

Director, Slum Dwellers International, Kenya
Jack is a slum upgrading practioner, designing planning and policy solutions that prioritize the urban poor and working to ensure the voices of youth are prioritized in African city development. He has experience in enumerations, slum profiling, and participatory urban planning.

Andrew Meaux

Andrew Meaux

Jordan Country Team

Governance Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee
Andrew provides technical assistance to IRC’s country programs on the topics of local governance, systems strengthening and inclusive city planning.  Previously he served as IRC’s Urban Coordinator leading research and tool development for several projects in partnership with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises, IIED, World Vision and NRC. He co-authored the Urban Context Analysis Toolkit and has led analyses in 6 cities.
 

Naeem Meer

Naeem Meer

Afghanistan Country Team

Regional Representative, Samuel Hall
Naeem leads research coordination, development, and outreach across Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining Samuel Hall, Naeem worked for a news company in Delhi, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. He also assisted on field research projects on political transition in South Sudan and on piracy in the Horn of Africa before being based in Afghanistan full-time for six years.

Alexandra Norodom

Alexandra Norodom

Coordinator 

Senior Coordinator, HSG, International Institute for Environment & Development 
Alexandra is a Senior Project Coordinator at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in the Human Settlements Group. At IIED, Alex leads on the operational project management of large action-research projects focusing on urban development and environmental issues in the Global South. She was recently seconded to a joint World Resources Institute (WRI) and C40 Cities initiative, the Coalition for Urban Transitions, to support their advocacy and engagement activities in the run-up to the UN Climate Action and SDG Summits. Alex holds an MA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Glasgow.
 

Dr Michael Owiso

Dr Michael Owiso

Co-Investigator & Kenya Academic Lead

Lecturer and Dean, School of Development & Strategic Studies, Maseno University
Michael teaches courses in Political Science and International Relations at Maseno University and is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the African Leadership Center (ALC), Kings College London. His research interests are conflict, migration, security, and leadership. He has previous experience working in the humanitarian sector for 20 years in the East and Horn of Africa region.
 

Jared Owuor

Jared Owuor

Kenya Country Team

Regional Operations Officer, Samuel Hall
Jared supports Samuel Hall in research and project management, developing research methodologies, improving research tools, and coordination of research operations in Africa.
 

Nicholas Ross

Nicholas Ross

Afghanistan Country Team

Project Manager, Samuel Hall
Nicholas works across Samuel Hall’s Data Standards, Resilience, and Migration & Displacement Pillars, designing and implementing community-based research for multi-year and multi-country projects. Prior to joining Samuel Hall, Nicholas worked in Australia in government, online media, and with people from refugee or migrant backgrounds in settlement support programmes.
 

Eleonore Theonot

Eleonore Theonot

Ethiopia Country Team 

Project officer, Samuel Hall
Eleonore works as a researcher at Samuel Hall, based in Addis Ababa, and has been involved in a number of migration and displacement-focused research projects in Ethiopia. Previously, she has worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Co-President of a French association supporting female refugees victims of sexual violence. She is currently pursuing her PhD in École des hautes études en sciences sociales.
 

Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker

Assistant Coordinator

Assistant Coordinator, HSG, International Institute for Environment & Development 
Sarah is part of the HSG coordination team at IIED, supporting research projects with project management, events, finance and administration. She has previous experience working for grassroots NGOs both in the UK and abroad and studied Economics at Newcastle University. 
 

Dr Anna Walnycki

Dr Anna Walnycki

Co-Investigator & WP 3 Co-Lead

Senior Researcher, HSG, International Institute for Environment & Development
Anna is anthropologist who specialises in inclusive urbanisation and basic service provision in the global South. Over the last ten years she has supported the work of urban civil society organisations such as SDI and ACHR and undertaken extensive participatory research in East Africa, the Andes and Lebanon.

Jackline Wanyonyi

Jackline Wanyonyi

Kenya Country Team

Manager, Slum Dwellers International, Kenya
Jackline holds a Master of Science Degree in Development Economics and is a Chartered Certified Accountant, with over 9 years professional experience in both public and private sectors. Currently working with Slum Dwellers International as a Manager, Jackline supports urban poor in Kenya to co-produce slum upgrading solutions.