Nassim Majidi is 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. Nassim specialises in return migration. She has published more than twenty academic and policy articles on migration issues, and she teaches a graduate course on Refugees & Migration as part of Sciences Po Lille’s Conflict and Development Programme. Nassim is the Co-Founder of Samuel Hall and the Migration Pillar Lead where she leads evidence-based research and policy development on migration and displacement. Covering three continents (Africa, Asia, Europe) over the past ten years, her crosscutting skills have led her to interview refugees, migrants, and returnees in the world’s border areas, conflict settings, and countries of origin. Based on her knowledge of migration actors, she has developed strategic programming initiatives, national policies on migration, and monitoring reviews that have had a lasting impact. Nassim was nominated in 2015 by the Norwegian Refugee Council for the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award in recognition of her sterling work on behalf of Afghanistan’s displaced population. Nassim holds a BA in Government from Cornell University, a Summa Cum Laude Masters in International Affairs and Development Studies and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris.
RESEARCH & ONGOING WORK
DRC/ADSP: Study on IDP returns and reintegration in Afghanistan
UNICEF Ethiopia: Conflict analysis to inform UNICEF programming
MIGNEX: Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus: A five-year research project (2018–2023) with the ambition of creating new knowledge on migration, development, and policy.
World Bank Ethiopia: Study on Social Dynamics between Refugees and Hosts in Ethiopia: Case studies from Addis, Gambella and Jigjiga.
DRC/NRC/IRC: Study on Operational Lessons learned on return and reintegration: Lessons learned from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria.