SFS Research


  • INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH TEAM STUDIES THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF LONG-TERM REFUGEE CAMPS IN ZAMBIA

    INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH TEAM STUDIES THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF LONG-TERM REFUGEE CAMPS IN ZAMBIA

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Faculty Research

Interdisciplinary research team studies the environmental impact of long-term refugee camps in Zambia

Interdisciplinary research team studies the environmental impact of long-term refugee camps in Zambia

Professor Lahra Smith and Professor Douglas Howard, along with students Tessa Coggio (MAGES’19), Rebecca Ohman (SFS’19), and Signe Stroming (SFS’19), ISIM Research Associate Nili Yossinger and Marley Chertok of US Geological Survey, spent the start of winter break at the Meheba refugee camp in Zambia. The goal of the research is to develop solutions to the resource management issues presented by long-term refugee settlements. “This is very challenging and difficult work, and it’s all the more important in the world we live in, where many countries don’t want more refugees to come,” Smith said.

Irfan Nooruddin

SFS Professor Irfan Nooruddin conducts study on preferences of the poor in rural bihar

Professor Nooruddin and his colleagues conducted a study in rural Bihar, India, where they asked 3,800 people what they would rather have: cash or infrastructure (public health, roads fixed, etc.). What they found was that over 80% of respondents preferred public health over cash, and that 35% preferred cash over fixing roads; “these results come in the wake of rising interest in basic universal income in democracies around the world, including India and the United States.”

Student Research

Centers and Institutes

GIWPS’s “women, peace, and security index” helps lawyers win court case in Maryland

In a recent court case, Montgomery County lawyers from the county Department of Health and Human Services submitted the WPS Index as evidence, and won their case. One of the lawyers involved in the case, Mr. Alvin McIntyre Ehrlich said, “Our judge ruled that the WPS Index was judicially noticeable impliedly because the facts and data in the study were beyond dispute, among other reasons, because they were gleaned by such a reputable academic institution.”

IOM Iraq, along with Georgetown’s ISIM and CCAS, Publish “Access to Durable Solutions Among IDPs in Iraq”

The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Migration (ISIM) and Center for Contemporary Arab Studies partnered with the International Organization for Migration in Iraq to publish “Access to Durable Solutions Among IDPs in Iraq,” the second installation of a two-part study about challenges and survival strategies of Iraqi IDPs who were displaced by ISIL between January 2014 and December 2015 to the 4 governorates of Baghdad, Basra, Kirkuk, and Sulaymaniyah.