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Ph.D Candidate and Public Scholar, Concordia University

Hone Mandefro Belaye is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia. Hone holds a Master of Arts in development studies from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and a Master of Arts in social work from Addis Ababa University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in sociology and social work from Jimma University in Ethiopia.

Hone’s research examines the change and continuity in relationships among neighbours as their living space in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, changes from single-story houses to high-rise condominiums. His research is supported by a Vanier Scholarship from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Wadsworth International Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Before Moving to Montreal as a Public Leadership Fellow at Jeanne Sauvé Foundation/McGill University in 2017, Hone was a lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Work and director of Community Services at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia.


  • –present
    Ph.D Student , Concordia University


  • 2013 
    International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Masters of Arts in Development Studies


Vanier Scholar (2019-2022), Public Scholar (2022-2023)