Durable Solutions for a Durable Peace: Refugee Mental Health, Post-conflict Recovery and Refugee Policy in the Middle East
I traveled to Amman, Jordan to conduct pilot research for a proposed multi-sited, ethnographic research project on Durable Solutions for a Durable Peace: Refugee Mental Health, Post-conflict recovery and Refugee Policy in the Middle East. The project seeks to understand how policies designed to provide solutions to refugee problems might impact refugees' mental health and their participation in activities related to post-conflict recovery. It focuses on the psychosocial well-being of Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Cairo, Egypt and Amman, Jordan.
My past research with Iraqi refugees in Cairo, Egypt has positioned me well to develop the Cairo portion of this project; I have developed relationships with refugee communities, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs. This trip allowed me to begin to develop relationships and contacts necessary to make this research project feasible. It also allowed me to develop and pilot test my research instruments to ensure their validity. Such a trip not only improved the quality of my research project but also strengthened proposals for funding for the project itself and contributed to my development as a scholar of global mental health and forced migration.