Development for the Stateless: the Displacement-Development Nexus and Implications for the Future (MS ’19)
Samira is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group and researcher in the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. For 2021-2022, she is a visiting scholar at the New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Her research focuses on development for stateless people and migrants, most recently on energy access and the development priorities of UN agencies and NGOs in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. As a researcher at the Bangladesh-based International Centre for Climate Change and Development, she co-designed the first longitudinal environmental monitoring project in the Rohingya camps. Her related research is on climate change adaptation, development, and migration to urban slums in South and Southeast Asia. More broadly, she is interested in how displaced populations, refugees, and migrants are integrated into existing development frameworks, and in conceptualizing a new development paradigm for those that have been systematically “othered” and persecuted. Samira is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a research fellow at the Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, and a National Science Foundation Data Science fellow. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in the College of Social Studies and the College of the Environment.