Through our proven expertise, established presence, and networks, we have built a solid track record in meeting our clients’ needs and goals, delivering a range of services: research methods adapted to the field, data collection, analysis, report writing, academic papers, and policy briefs, as well as multi-media work including video, photos, and testimonies from the field. This work is spread thematically across five pillars of research at Samuel Hall:

  1. Migration and Displacement

  2. Resilience

  3. Children & Youth

  4. Implementation Research

  5. Data Standards & Analytics


A paradigm shift to migrants as opportunities and actors of change


Samuel Hall’s Migration and Displacement pillar focuses on the protection, contributions, and aspirations of migrant and displaced persons. We provide an evidence base to ensure that the development and implementation of global, regional, and national policies are adapted to and incorporate local specificities. Our research contributes to a paradigm and narrative shift to showcase migrants as opportunities and actors of change for the societies that they belong to, temporarily or permanently.

Our work has had a lasting impact on the development of durable solution policies and practice in the Horn of Africa, IDP protection policy in Afghanistan, as well as providing an evidence base for the redesign of global approaches on return and reintegration through our work on IOM’s MEASURE initiative.  In addition, Samuel Hall is proud to be a partner of the MIGNEX consortium, contributing to more effective and coherent migration management through evidence-based understanding of the linkages between development and migration.

The pillar team has forged partnerships with universities and academic research groups to design robust theoretical and academic analytical frameworks and indicators in order to better support research standards and ethics across these topics. This includes work as a founding member of the New School’s Research Platform on Cities, Migration, and Membership, contributing to conceptual and localised analysis on themes of inclusion and forced migration.  

The Pillar Lead is a research associate at Tufts University’s International Feinstein Center, with Wits University’s ACMS, and with Côte d’Ivoire’s LAASSE. Through these global partnerships with academic institutions, as well as linkages with regional policy and research institutions, the Migration and Displacement pillar is committed to bridging the north-south divide and the gap between academic and policy actors. 

We are particularly known for our expertise in the following mobility sub-topics:

  • Durable solutions

  • Return and Reintegration

  • Migration and development

  • Cross-border mobility

  • Trafficking in persons

  • Smuggling

  • Aspirations and Migrant Ecosystems

  • Internal displacement and IDPs

  • Refugee Protection

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