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Ibrahim Awad

  • Position: Professor of Practice and Director of Center for Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Department: Department of Public Policy and Administration
  • Email: [email protected]
Brief Biography

Ibrahim Awad is currently a professor of practice of global affairs and director, of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, at The American University in Cairo (AUC). He holds a BA degree in political science from Cairo University and a PhD degree in political science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked for the League of Arab States, the United Nations and the International Labour Organization (ILO), holding positions of Secretary of the Commission, UN-ESCWA, director, of ILO Sub-regional Office for North Africa and director, the ILO International Migration Programme.

Awad currently is chair of the Labor Migration Working Group of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), hosted by the World Bank, chair of the Steering Committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Research Network on International Migration (EuroMedMig), member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Working Group on Reimagining Global Economic Governance, member of the Advisory Board of the Center on Forced Displacement, Boston University, member of the Advisory Board, Gulf Labour Markets, Migration and Population (GLMM) Programme, and Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He also serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Research Interest
  • International Migration
  • Employment
  • Human and Labor Rights
  • Development
  • Politics and political transitions in the Middle East and North Africa
  • International Relations
  • Global Governance
  • The Political Economy of Egyptian Migration to Europe in the 2020s, in Migrations in the Mediterranean, edited Zapata Barrero, Ricard and Ibrahim Awad. Springer Nature, 2023
  • A Perspective from the Global South on Concepts in Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2022.2142477; On Occasion of the Pandemic: Reflections on Egyptian Labour Migration, International Migration, Volume 59, 2021
  • The Return of Refugees and Reconstruction in Syria, in Area Studies: New Realities, New Conceptions, edited by Tim Niblock, Yang Guang and Zhou Yan. Beijing, Tsinghua University Press, 2020, pp. 197-224
  • The United Nations: Tensions, Progress and Failings, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, No. 39, Fall 2020
  • End of War but Not of Conflict, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, No. 34, Summer 2019 (with Amr Adly and Muhammad Alaraby)
  • Egyptian Labour Migration in the Arab Middle East, in India’s Low-skilled Migration to the Middle East. Policies, Politics and Challenges, edited by S. Irudaya Rajan and Prem Saxena. Singapore, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 (with Lina Lotayef)
  • International Migration in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, Cairo Papers in Social Science, Volume 35, No.2, 2019 (Guest Editor)
  • Migration Myths and the Global South, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, No.  30, Summer (With Usha Natarajan)
  • The Challenge of Global Governance in the Sustainable Development Agenda, in Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 16: Peace and Justice and Strong Institutions, edited by Paloma Durán La Laguna and Cástor Miguel Díaz Barrado. Toronto, Thomson Reuters, 2018
  • The Multiple Levels of Governance of International Migration: Understanding Disparities and Disorder. AJIL Unbound, 111, 153-158. doi:10. 1017/aju.2017.36
  • Egyptian Irregular Migration in the GCC Countries, in Skillful Survivals: Irregular Migration to the Gulf, edited by Philippe Fargues and Nasra M. Shah. Fiesole, European University Institute, 2017 (with Nourhan Abdelaziz)
  • Towards a Joint Approach to Migration and Asylum in the Euro-Mediterranean Space, in Beyond the Migration and Asylum Crisis, edited by Ferruccio Pastore (Aspen Institute Italia, 2017)
  • The Making and Unmaking of the 2012 Constitution in Egypt, in North Africa: from Status Quo to (R)evolution, edited by Yahia Zoubir and Greg While (Routledge, 2015)
  • Labour Migration Governance in Times of Political Transition: A Comparative Analysis of Egypt and Tunisia, Migration and Development
  • Population Movements in the Aftermath of the Arab Awakening: The Syrian Refugee Crisis between Regional Factors and State Interest, in Migration in the Mediterranean (University of Malta 2014)