Refugee Integration and Policy Development

Recent world events have resulted in millions of refugees from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. Interactions between immigrant and host communities can be emotionally charged, strain social harmony and affect everyone’s wellbeing. Rational and careful policies are needed to prevent escalation of tensions into conflicts.

Experience with aiding policy makers and wonks in research design and statistical analysis

Understanding the effects of policy changes have many complex aspects. One critical aspect concerns how a policy might affect or be affected by human cultures. I specialize in research design and analysis for policy makers and their teams to focus on how culture might affect the success of integration policy. For example, a great deal of my policy work has focused on the effects of integration policy on families and children. While new arrivals to a country are often viewed in terms of a refugee gaining a new home, the local culture also gains a new neighbour. I specifically take into account a complex set of measurable psychological variables to better understand the interaction between immigration and refugee policies and cultures. In this way, the potential effects of policies can be better understood prior to implementation. This can help policy makers in the decision making process.

Experience with policy implication research development

I use several techniques to better understand the interaction between cultures and immigration and refugee policies. These include psychological field experiments, surveys, and computer modeling and simulation.

Experience working with international and interdisciplinary teams.

In 2016, I began consulting with an international team of policy experts and computer modeling and simulation experts in Lesbos to create a more holistic approach to understanding the refugee crisis on the island. Since then, I have been working with a team of experts there and in Kristiansand Norway to create computational and statistical models of the relationship between culture and policy.