Research Fellow in Citizenship & Governance, The Open University

Sara de Jong is co-lead of the 'Justice, Borders, Rights' research stream and Research Fellow of the Research Area Citizenship and Governance. She obtained her PhD in Politics (2010) from the University of Nottingham, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice.

Before joining The Open University, Sara de Jong was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna, researching the role of 'cultural brokers' in third sector organisations in the context of the governance of migration.

She has held visiting fellowships at the University of Goettingen, the International Institute of Social Studies (the Hague), the University of Leeds, the Jan van Eyck academy, Maastricht and the University of Nottingham.

She currently conducts research on the claims for protection, rights and settlement by Afghans and Iraqis who have worked for Western military forces and development organisations, as well as on the activities and strategies of their supporters.

Her broader research interests include the role of brokers in colonial and contemporary unequal encounters, and the politics of NGOs in relation to migration, gender and development.

Her PhD research was published as a monograph with Oxford University Press in the Gender and IR book series under the title Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides.


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    Research Fellow in Citizenship & Governance, The Open University