Cindy Horst

Research Director, Research Professor

Cindy Horst
Email: cindy@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 49
Twitter: @CindyMHorst
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Research Interests

Cindy Horst is a Research Director and Research Professor in Migration and Refugee Studies at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Her research focuses on the migration-development nexus, including diaspora engagement with regions of origin and the transnational activities of refugees. In her research on (transnational) civic engagement, she asks questions that problematise normative ideas of 'active citizenship', exploring how people living in culturally and religiously diverse societies engage with their surroundings. She also researches how individuals can challenge the status quo and effect societal change in post-conflict settings. Cindy is especially interested in innovative research methodologies that foster a critical and ethically conscious engagement with the theme of study, through shared anthropology and multi-sited ethnography. Cindy is the author of Transnational Nomads: How Somalis cope with refugee life in the Dadaab camps of Kenya (Berghahn, 2006). Her recent publications include 'Implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda? Somali debates on women's public roles and political participation', Journal of Eastern African Studies (2017) and 'Making a difference in Mogadishu? Experiences of multi-sited embeddedness among diaspora youth', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2017).

Background

​​​​​​​​Research Areas of Interest:

  • Active citizenship
  • Mobility and transnationalism affecting (national) identities
  • The impact of transnationalism on (post-)conflict situations
  • Interactions between refugees and the refugee regime
  • Refugee Livelihoods
  • Diaspora Engagements
  • Ethical and Methodological challenges of fieldwork in conflict situations

 

Languages spoken:

Dutch (mother tongue), English (fluent), Norwegian (good), German, (intermediate), French (basic), Somali (basic),

Work Experience:

Moderator of the Refugee Livelihoods Network, UNHCR
Researcher and Lecturer on forced migration, University of Amsterdam

Education:

2003: PhD in Social Sciences on migration and transnationalism among Somalis, University of Amsterdam
1997: Foundation Course on Forced Migration, Centre for Refugee Studies, Oxford University
1996: MA in Cultural & Social Anthropology, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

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