Parallel session
Refugee (re)integration

Every year, millions of people are forced to leave their home due to conflict, violence, human rights violations, persecution and natural hazards. Particularly in recent years, the number of forcibly displaced people has continued to rise. This session takes a closer look at how refugees can be assisted in their return, the challenges of reintegration and why trust plays an important factor. Panelists will also asses how the pandemic has affected displacement and why ethnic identity is important to understanding links between displacement and conflict. 

Session videos

Christopher Blair | Graeme Blair | Michele Di Maio | Jean-Francois Maystadt | Discussants and Q&A


Hélène Djoufelkit | Chair

Hélène Djoufelkit is the Director of the Economic Analysis and Public Policy Department at the French Development Agency. The department undertakes research on global issues such as low carbon transition, social cohesion, macroeconomic trajectories, and governance issues in developing and emerging countries. She holds a Ph.D in development economics from the Centre d’études et de recherches sur le développement international (CERDI).

Christopher Blair | Presenter

Christopher Blair is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. In Fall 2022 he will start as an Instructor, converting to Assistant Professor in Fall 2023, in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His work spans international relations and comparative politics, with a substantive focus on the political economy of conflict and migration.

Graeme Blair | Presenter

Graeme Blair is Assistant Professor of Political Science at UCLA. His work on violence has led him to encounter methodological problems that he has sought to solve for himself and his discipline. Much of his work has relied on experiments, in which he navigated tradeoffs between cost, learning, and ethics. This led to his first methodological research agenda, on improving research designs. Second, in his research on civilians in violent contexts, he often wanted to ask sensitive survey questions, and he therefore examined the best way to ask such questions scientifically and ethically. Finally, in his third research area, he developed tools to conduct meta-analyses and systematic reviews to understand accumulated findings in the substantive areas in which he works.

Michele Di Maio | Presenter

Michele Di Maio is Full Professor of Economics at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). He studies the impact of conflict on firms and individual-level outcomes – including employment, migration, education, fertility, and health – and the economic and political determinants of violence and conflict in developing countries. His research has been published in leading academic journals including Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Demography, and World Bank Economic Review. He has worked as a consultant on issues related to conflict, trade policy, and industrial development for World Bank, UNIDO, UNCTAD, UNECA, ESCWA, ECLAC, IPD Initiative, and IGC.

Jean-Francois Maystadt | Presenter

Jean-François Maystadt is Professor and FNRS Research Associate at UCLouvain (Belgium) and the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES/LIDAM). He is also affiliated with Lancaster University (UK). Jean-François is a development economist working on the causes and consequences of conflicts and forced migration. He published his works in Nature, Journal of Development Economics, European Economic Review, Journal of Health Economics, and many other journals.

Theresa Beltramo | Discussant

Theresa Beltramo is a Senior Economist and the Head of Research and Analytics within the UNHCR's Division of Resilience and Solutions. A Ph.D. and Masters in Economics, she has nearly two decades experience as a senior advisor and project manager for multilateral organizations, private companies and academic institutions contributing to the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies and programs. Her research covers topics in development economics, behavioral economics, welfare and social protection resulting in numerous economics journal publications. She is currently also an academic fellow at the University of Geneva School of Economics and Management. 

Arzu Kibris | Discussant

Arzu Kibris is an associate professor of political science at University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies.She is the executive director of the Network of European Peace Scientists, a member of the Households in Conflict Network, and a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. Dr. Kibris is leading a European Research Council funded project investigating the individual level effects of exposure to armed political violence.