Assoc. PhD Student
Somali Diaspora Members as unofficial ‘Development’ Agents and Communicators in their Country of Origin. Visions and Challenges.
The project aims at investigating social change communication and practice as emanating from Somali Diaspora members in their unofficial and unplanned developmental engagements towards their country/community of origin. Moving beyond their role as financial remitters, the focus is on their capacity as social change agents, social remitters, and hence social change communicators. In particular the research explores Somali Diaspora members as (re)producers of new/old development goals and social change paradigms that where developed and/or readjusted along diasporic trajectories. Visions and communication challenges are then investigated as experienced at individual and interpersonal level. Exceeding the historical debate revolving around the Modernization theory, the project shifts the focus to substantial bottom-bottom processes. By doing so it intercepts a vast reality that exists well beyond the institutional project and the professional practice typical of the Development sector. The ultimate goal is to shed some light on spontaneous and overlooked dynamics, where actual change might silently take place.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jens Loenhoff
|Since 10/2014:||SIIC - Erich Brost Institute, TU Dortmund, PhD candidate in Development Studies|
|2007 - 2014:||Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy), Editor in Chief, The International Commentary (ITPCM); Media Manager|
|2005 - 2007:||University of Venice, MA Language & Culture – ITALS, 110/110|
|2003 - 2005:||Germany, France, Australia, Teaching Assignments|
|2001 - 2002:||Italian Ministry for the Environment, Expert for Sustainable Development in Europe|
|2001 - 2002:||Italian Ministry for the Environment & FORMEZ, Sustainable Development, Postgraduate Programme - Scholarship|
|1995 - 2000:||University of Pisa, Laurea in Political Science – International Studies, 110/110 "summa cum laude"|
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