- Amelia Kuch
- International Development School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- Refugee studies, Migration, durable solutions, Citizenship, Mobility, Borderlands, Land Tenure Systems, Land governance, Urban development, International development, ethnography, Qualitative Research Methods, Tanzania, Burundi
Citizenship in Exile
Research Project Description
My research is an ethnographic study of naturalization of Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Drawing on the experiences and narratives of former refugees, I explore various markers and functions of citizenship from a perspective of mobility (including land ownership, political participation, and safety). The project lends new insight into the psychosocial benefits of legal status in the context of migration.
2015-present: Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
2013-2014: MSc, Oxford University [distinction]
2009-2012: BA Hons, University College Utrecht
Amelia Kuch. 2018. Lessons from Tanzania’s Historic Bid to Turn Refugees to Citizens, News Deeply.
(Co-author) Katy Long, Elisa Mosler Vidal, Amelia Kuch and Jessica Hagen-Zanker. 2017. Citizenship, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Briefing paper. Overseas Development Institute.
Amelia Kuch. 2017. Naturalization of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania: The Debates on Local Integration and the Meaning of Citizenship Revisited. Journal of Refugee Studies, 30(3), 468-487.
Amelia Kuch. 2016. Naturalization of Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Forced Migration Review, (52), 63-64.
(Co-author) James Milner and Amelia Kuch. 2016. Naturalization in Tanzania: Lessons from the ebb and flow of the process. RefLAW. The University of Michigan Law School
2017-2018: Tutor for Research Design and Practice (PG course), Edinburgh University
2018: Designing and delivering teaching on Migration and Displacement for a UG Social Anthropology course, Aarhus University
Related Work in International Development and Social Policy:
2018- present: Social Researcher, Scottish Government, Scotland
2017- present: Operational Director, Wayair Foundation, Poland/Tanzania/Belgium
2017: Researcher, International Growth Centre (IGC), Tanzania
2016-2017: Researcher, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Tanzania
2012: Grants& Collaborations, Prince Claus Fund, the Netherlands
2015-2018: Awarded Excellence in European Doctoral Training (ExEDE): a joint PhD scholarship award between the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Aarhus University (Denmark)
2014: Terence Ranger Prize for the Best Dissertation, Oxford University
2018: Won an award of 85,000£ from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Polish Humanitarian Fund 2018 for Wayair Foundation's work in Tanzania
Dr Katy Long, Stanford University
Dr Andrew Bowman & Dr Hazel Gray, University of Edinburgh
Dr Lotte Meinart, Aarhus University
Certified yoga and meditation teacher.