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Alessandro Monsutti

Professor, Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Graduate Institute Geneva

Alessandro Monsutti is Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He has been Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (1999-2000) and Yale University (2008-2010), Grantee of the MacArthur Foundation (2004-2006), Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna (2012) and Arizona State University (2014), Scholar-in-Residence at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna (2020). He has carried out extensive field research in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran since the mid-1990s, and more recently in the Western countries among Afghan refugees and migrants. Among his current research interests: the political economy of reconstruction in Afghanistan; asylum seekers and refugees in Europe; the changing nature of borderlands in Europe and South Asia.

Alessandro has also worked as consultant for different humanitarian and development organisations, such as the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (he was the scientific coordinator of a team research on transnational networks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran) and the Tribal Liaison Office, both in Kabul, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee, Geneva, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Berne.

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