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Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

I am Development Economist with extensive experience in rural development, institutional analysis and social protection, including 2.5 years leading research on Land Policy in Albania.

I am now a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex since 2001, and a Director of the Centre for Social Protection since 2006. Prior to coming to IDS my geographic research focus was primarily in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Since joining IDS I have worked with poverty analysis work relating to PRSPs, social protection and migration in over 7 African countries.

At IDS, I was the Director of the MPhil in Development Studies between 2003 and 2007. I have published on issues of rural institutions in post-soviet transitions, law and development, social protection in Africa, migration and poverty, and have worked for numerous international agencies, including DFID, EC, SIDA, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, ILO, the Land Tenure Center and the World Bank.

I am a Senior Researcher with the Migration, Globalization and Poverty Research Centre, Sussex, leading research on social protection and migration as well as poverty-migration linkages. I am currently involved in a number of studies that explore understandings of risk and vulnerability both conceptually and empirically and am writing a book on migration and social protection.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, University of Sussex