Steering Group

The Steering Group is the decision-making body of the project. The Steering Group is the only formal body empowered to take Consortium and Grant Agreement decisions and is bound to act in accordance with these agreements. It is composed of representatives of each consortium partner.

Dr. Benjamin Etzold (BICC)

Dr. Benjamin Etzold is a social geographer and migration scholar with more than 13 years of experience in studying people’s vulnerability and livelihoods, trajectories of migration and displacement, as well as informal labour relations and patterns of food security. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Bonn. In TRAFIG, he serves as the scientific coordinator and undertakes empirical research in Pakistan and Ethiopia.

Dr Fekadu Adugna Tufa

Dr Fekadu Adugna Tufa (co-ordinator) obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University, Department of Social Anthropology. His research areas of interest are migration, refugees, borderland, identity, conflict and conflict management, land deals, and pastoralism. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to edited volumes on migration, land and agricultural investment, conflict and conflict resolution and borderland studies. Dr Fekadu has been principal investigator and coordinator of a number of projects. Among others, he is currently coordinating, “Migration Out Of Poverty” in Ethiopia, funded by DFID, “Borderlands Dynamics in East Africa”, funded by NORAD and “Cross-border economy and centre-periphery relation” for Research Evidence Facility (REF) Project, a European Trust Fund Project.

Dr. Panos Hatziprokopiou

Dr Panos Hatziprokopiou is Assistant Professor at the School of Spatial Planning & Development. He has studied economics, sociology and human geography in Greece and the UK (MA Essex, DPhil Sussex). He has nearly 20 years of research experience in both countries, in a wide array of topics related to migration and migrants’ social incorporation. His key areas of interest are migration, immigrants’ settlement and incorporation, diversity and difference in the metropolis. He has published extensively on the above. He is the principal investigator of the AUTH team and coordinates TRAFIG research in Greece.


Sarah A Tobin (CMI)

Sarah A Tobin holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University (2011). Her work explores transformations in religious and economic life, identity construction and personal piety. She also examines the intersections with gender, Islamic authority and normative Islam, public ethics and Islamic authenticity. Ethnographically, her work has focused to a large degree on Islamic piety in the economy, especially Islamic banking and finance and in conditions of displacement. Sarah also explores these questions in times of economic shifts, such as during Ramadan, in contested fields of consumption such as the hijab, and the Arab Spring. Her latest research projects examine these questions with Syrian refugees in Jordanian camps of Za`atari, Azraq, and Cyber City, and in results-based financing in Tanzania. Sarah’s recent books are Everyday Piety: Islam and Economy in Jordan (Cornell University Press, 2016) and The Politics of the Headscarf in the United States (Cornell University Press 2018), with Bozena C. Welborne, Aubrey L. Westfall, Ozge Celik-Russell). Sarah has been one of the first researchers able to gain access to Za‘atari camp (in January 2014) and one of the few researchers granted access to Cyber City camp. She has a longstanding and positive relationship with the Jordanian government and the Syrian Refugees Affairs Directorate (SRAD), as well as UNHCR and the various NGOs involved in assisting the refugees.

Dr Albert Kraler

Dr Albert Kraler is a political scientist and Senior Researcher at the Department of Migration and Globalization of the Danube University in Krems, which he joined in September 2018. He previously was a Senior Researcher at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). His recent projects include a Horizon2020 project examining European asylum policies (CEASEVAL, coordinated by the Technical University Chemnitz), a DG Devco-funded study on migrants in countries in crisis (MICIC, 2015-2018), and a study on skills-based complementary pathways to protection commissioned by the European Centre for Professional Development (CEDEFOP).

Albert Kraler leads WP 2 (“Learning from the past”) and contributes to WP 1, 3, 7 and 8.

Janemary Ruhundwa

Janemary Ruhundwa (Project Lead) is the Executive Director of Dignity Kwanza.

Ferruccio Pastore (FIERI)

Ferruccio Pastore , PhD (European University Institute, 1996), is Director of FIERI since May 2009. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the International Relations and European Studies think-tank CeSPI (Centre for International Policy Studies, Rome) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Firenze. Besides research, he has worked as an adviser on migration policy issues for Italian institutions and international organisations. He has published extensively on migration and integration policies (full list of publications:

Role in the project: WP6 coordinator

Martin Wagner (ICMPD)

Martin Wagner (m) is Senior Policy Advisor on Asylum with a legal background and specialisation on European and international refugee law. Before joining ICMPD, he worked for NGOs, the Human Rights Advisory Board in the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and implemented two twinning projects in Lithuania and Ukraine as Resident Twinning Advisor. Martin Wagner has more than 20 years of professional migration experience and has managed international projects in the field of migration and asylum for 16 years. He is an experienced trainer for authorities and civil society actors. He authored or co-authored several comparative studies on European asylum systems as well as several working papers and blogs on the European Agenda on Migration. His recent research focusses on solidarity, asylum responsibility sharing, harmonisation among EU MS, complementary pathways to protection and the European Agenda on Migration.

Mr Mudassar Javed: Project Director /Project Lead/LEAR (SHARP)

Mr Mudassar Javed, the Project Director of SHARP-Pakistan brings with him an academic background in anthropology with exceptional interpersonal skills as well as over 15 years of work experience in project management, sexual and reproductive health and rights education(SRHR), sexual and gender-based violence(SGBV) M&E, research, advocacy and communication, networking and relationship management, human trafficking. The Director provides overall management and leadership to the organisation in accordance with direct guidelines of senior management; working closely with diverse teams, various stakeholders, including institutional partners and networks as well as engaging with the wider philanthropic sector and donor agencies. He also oversees finance, administration and infrastructure whilst promoting best practice and ensures quality. His role focuses on expanding the reach and impact of the capacity-building work of the organisation to achieve its vision of a strong and sustainable human rights friendly society. He has vast experience working closely with refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, prisoners, women and children.

Carolien Jacobs

Carolien Jacobs (VVI) has a background in international development (sociology of rural development) and legal anthropology and holds a PhD from Wageningen University/Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (2010). Since 2014, she has been involved in projects on justice and security for displaced people in urban settings in the DRC. Most of her research is policy- and praxis-oriented, interdisciplinary in nature, and combines different methods of data collection, based on extensive fieldwork in partnership with local researchers.

Professor Dr Nuno Ferreira

Nuno Ferreira is a Professor of Law. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Nuno did his undergraduate law studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and University of Bologna (Italy), is a member of the Portuguese Bar and carried out his doctoral studies at the University of Bremen. Nuno uses socio-legal, comparative, empirical and policy-oriented perspectives in his work. Nuno Ferreira is a Horizon 2020 ERC Starting Grant recipient and co-director of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research.

Fawwaz Ayoub Momani, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Dr Fawwaz Ayoub Momani is an Associate Professor of Psychological Counseling and former Director of the Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Forced Migration Studies Centre at Yarmouk University in Jordan. He has expertise in forced migration and has published widely on the topic of forced migration. He is a member of the T20 Task Force on Forced Migration. He worked with an international team to prepare education needs in the Context of Forced Migration, which was launched in Berlin and delivered by Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Summit of the G20. Dr Momani has several running grants with many international funding agencies for implementing projects related to refugees and the host community.