I completed my Master’s in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and went on to do doctoral work in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London.  I’ve also worked extensively with international development organizations such as Action Aid and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  The experience of living and working in South Asia has also provided me with a unique opportunity to examine theories relating to development economics and the extent to which they stand their ground in diverse contexts.

My Ph.D. focused on international migration and how it can be a double-edged sword – wielding the power to develop rural communities but at the same time highly precarious and carrying with it the risks and uncertainties of cross-border mobility.  In my research, I have argued that to comprehensively understand the causes of poverty, one must explore how wealth reproduces - that the framework of analysis should be relational and rooted in structures of inequality.  My most recent research has focused on refugee movements and particularly the state of the Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.  I am interested in how statelessness serves as an equalizer and the extent to which differences in wealth are reproduced in fluid refugee contexts.