- Dr Ann-Christin Wagner
- Lecturer in Anthropology of Development
- 4.15 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 651 7112
- Research Interests
- Return / transnational migration, Refugee studies, Transnational labour migration, Reproductive Health, Research ethics, Iraq and Middle East, East Africa, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Friday 10-12
I am a lecturer in Anthropology of Development at the University of Edinburgh, and Programme Director of the MSc International Development.
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Before my PhD, I worked with the International Organization for Migration in Geneva. For my doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh, I did fourteen months of ethnographic fieldwork with Syrian refugees in Mafraq, northern Jordan, in 2016/17. In 2019, I conducted research with Syrian and Congolese youth in urban areas in Uganda and Jordan as part of a pilot study on adolescent refugees’ reproductive health, together with Dr George Palattiyil (University of Edinburgh).
Refugee labour & food security in the MENA region
Since 2019, I have been a project partner of SyrianFoodFutures, conducting interviews with Syrian farm workers and agricultural entrepreneurs in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. For updates, follow us on Twitter @SyriaFoodFuture.
Here is a taster of our research!
In 2020, I am a co-investigator of From the FIELD: lmpacts of COVID-19 on Syrian Food Security lntelligence and Evidence-based Interventions for Sustainable Local Development, a SFC-GCRF funded study of the knock-on effects of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures on displaced Syrians' livelihoods in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan and Northwest Syria. One of our objectives is to pilot remote ethnographic methods in humanitarian settings, including the use of "food diaries" to understand the impact of movement restrictions on domestic food production and consumption.
Read here about the results of our study!
Wagner, A., Abdullateef, S. & L. Boden (2020). "COVID-19 may not have reached Syrian communities in the Middle East, but its domino effects have." Routed #10 "Epidemics, labour and mobility".
Wagner, A. (2020). "Candid discussions about fieldwork - The New Ethnographer pre-field training workshop." Anthropology Today 36(3): 29.
Wagner, A. (2018). "Giving Aid Inside the Home – Humanitarian House Visits, Performative Refugeehood and Social Control for Syrians in Jordan." Migration and Society 1: 36-50.
Wagner, A. (2018). "Remapping the Holy Land from the margins: how a Jordanian Evangelical church juggles the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ in the Syrian refugee response." Contemporary Levant 3(2): 95-109. Winner of the CBRL 2018 Best Prize Article.
Wagner, A. (2017). "Frantic Waiting. NGO Anti-Politics and “Timepass” for Young Syrian Refugees in Jordan." Middle East – Topics and Arguments (META) 9: 107-121.
Wagner, A. (2019). "Acts of ‘homing’ in the Eastern Desert – How Syrian refugees make temporary homes in a village outside Zaatari Camp, Jordan." In: J. Lenhard & F. Samanani (eds.), Home - Ethnographic Encounters. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 175-188.
Gertel, J. & Wagner, A. (2018). “Mobility, migration and flight.” In: J. Gertel & R. Hexel (eds.), Coping with Uncertainty: Youth in the Middle East and North Africa. London: Saqi Books, 198-222.
Boden, L., Wagner, A., Abdullateef, S. & A. Al Kaddour (2020). “Community-led responses to COVID-19 are a matter of urgency in Syria.” COVID-19 Perspectives, 21 May. https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/covid19perspectives/2020/05/21/community-led-responses-to-covid-19-are-a-matter-of-urgency-in-syria-write-lisa-boden-ann-christin-wagner-shaher-abdullateef-and-anas-al-kaddour/
Wagner, A., Al Kaddour, A., Abdullateef, S. & L. Boden (2020). "Covid-19 and displaced Syrians' livelihoods along the Turkey-Syria border." Corona Times, 11 May. https://www.coronatimes.net/covid-19-displaced-syrians-turkey-syria/
Dieng, R. & A. Wagner (2020). "Teaching Development - How can we translate ethically sound practice in development-focused research into good teaching?" The Futureproof Collective, 23 January. https://futureproofcollective.org/teaching-development/
Wagner, A. (2019). ““There are no missionaries here!” – How a local church took the lead in the refugee response in northern Jordan.” Southern Responses to Displacement, 14 Jan. https://southernresponses.org/2019/01/14/there-are-no-missionaries-here-how-a-local-church-took-the-lead-in-the-refugee-response-in-northern-jordan/
Wagner, A. (2018). "In praise of the scaffolding." Allegra Lab, 12 July. http://allegralaboratory.net/in-praise-of-the-scaffolding/
Wagner, A. (2016). "Tiptoeing Across The Doorstep – Becoming The Daughter Of A Bedouin Family In The Jordanian Province." Abwab, CBRL British Institute in Amman, 7 Nov. https://bi-abwab.org/blog-1/2016/11/7
Wagner, A. (2016). "Bad guests? On the role of house visits in aid delivery in urban Jordan." LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 13 June. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2016/06/13/bad-guests-on-the-role-of-house-visits-in-aid-delivery-in-urban-jordan/
Visiting Fellow at the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI), Sciences Po, Paris (January-March 2018)
Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Trinity Term 2017 (April-June 2017)
Associated fellow, LAJEH project: Time of conflicts / time of migration: Reflections on the categories and genealogy of migration in the Middle East, Institut français du Proche-Orient, Amman (2016-2019).
Member of Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network, University of Edinburgh
Member of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), University of Glasgow
Topics interested in supervising
Migrations in the Middle East; refugee livelihoods; agricultural labour; food security; faith-based humanitarianism
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