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Global Challenges Initiative

The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Dr Alexandra Winkels

Migration; Livelihoods; Vulnerability; Rural-urban; Climate risks; Centre of Development Studies; Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS); School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alexandra WinkelsDr Alexandra Winkels is a Senior Researcher at the Centre of Development Studies, the Academic Director and Institute Teaching Officer for International Development and Global Change (Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education) and a consultant for a number of international organizations (UNFPA-Vietnam  DFID, ODI/CDKN, SOAS).

Alexandra researches the nexus between migration and development – particularly the risks faced by migrants and their families as a result of migration. 

Her expertise can impact the lives of the world’s poorest 3 billion people through uncovering and communicating the complex processes and relationships between migration and livelihood vulnerability. Understanding how migration influences both poverty reduction and re-production is crucially important for effective pro-poor policy making.  

Alexandra is highly motivated to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals through the participation in the Global Challenges Forum by increasing awareness of, and thereby reduce, the scale and impact of barriers to migration. Watch UNDP Overcoming Barrier to Human mobility


The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global challenges agenda.

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