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Team Members

Principal Investigator

Prof VickiProfessor Vicki Squire is the principal investigator on the Data and Displacement Project. She is a Professor of International Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK. Professor Squire is the Convenor of Warwick’s Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration (BREM) network, Executive Committee member for the British International Studies Association, and Co-Editor of the journal International Political Sociology. Her research explores the politics of migration, asylum and humanitarian protection across various contexts. Professor Squire’s research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (UK), British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the Leverhulme Trust. She is author of several books, including most recently Europe’s Migration Crisis (2020, Cambridge University Press) and Reclaiming Migration (co-authored and forthcoming 2021, Manchester University Press).


funkeDr Olufunke Fayehun is a co-investigator on the Data and Displacement Project. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr Fayhun obtained a B.Sc degree in Statistics, M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Sociology (Demography Option) at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a demographer with particular interest in the vulnerable groups in the society: children, women and the elderly, and has an edge in mixed method research. She is currently collaborating on a number of multi-country and multi-disciplinary studies relating to urban slum health access and utilization, including the NIHR Global Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums in Africa and Asia. Dr Fayehun is the current Chair of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Board of Management.

Dr Briony Jones is a co-investigator on the Data & Displacement Project. She is Associate Professor of International Development, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK, and Co-Director of Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development. Dr Jones is an Associated Senior Researcher at swisspeace, a founding member of Oxford Transitional Justice Research, a Co-Chair of the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research, and an Advisory Board Member of both TRIAL International (Track Impunity Always) and the Centre for Community Driven Research. Her research takes place at the intersection between International Development, Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding. In particular, her work focuses on reconciliation, citizenship, political agency, and the politics of intervention. She also has a strong research interest in the politics of knowledge production on and in countries dealing with a past of large scale violations of human rights.

LebenDr Leben Moro is a co-investigator on the Data & Displacement Project. He is the Director of Planning, Innovation and Quality Assurance at the University of Juba, South Sudan. Dr Moro formerly served as Director of the Institute of Peace, Development and Security Studies at the same university. He holds a doctorate in development studies from the University of Oxford, and teaches graduate courses mainly at the Institute of Peace, Development and Security Studies. He primarily conducts research on conflict, displacement and resettlement, focusing on forced migration in the Eastern Africa region. He has published on these themes.  

jProfessor João Porto de Albuquerque is a co-investigator on the Data & Displacement Project. He is Professor in Urban Analytics at Urban Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow and the Deputy Director of the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC). He is a geographer and computer scientist who works in the fields of digital geography, geographic Information science and global sustainable development. He is currently leading a research programme centred around the empowerment of vulnerable and deprived communities in the global South with citizen-generated data to improve resilience to health and environmental risks, in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners in several countries, including Australia, Brazil, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and the United States.

prof DallalProfessor Dallal Stevens is a co-investigator on the Data & Displacement project. She is a Professor of Refugee Law, School of Law, University of Warwick, UK. Professor Stevens’ research focuses on refugee and asylum law and policy in the UK, EU and Middle East and she has published widely. Monographs include: States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection: Fortresses and Fairness (ed, with Maria O’Sullivan, Hart 2017), Refugee Protection and the Role of Law: Conflicting Identities (ed, with Susan Kneebone and Loretta Baldassar, Routledge, 2014,) and UK Asylum Law and Policy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004). Her work has been supported by external grants from Norway Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and the ESRC. She is Book Review Editor with the International Journal of Refugee Law and Associate Editor of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.

RobRob Trigwell is a co-investigator in the Data & Displacement Project. He is the Unit Lead for DTM Global Support Analytics, Knowledge and Output (AKO). Rob Trigwell has a humanitarian relief background, having worked with NGOs and the UN across the Middle East, East Africa and Asia. He currently works within the Global Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team, where he co-coordinates the Analytical, Knowledge and Output (AKO) quality Unit, a recently established research unit part of the Global DTM team based in London. He co-chairs the Humanitarian Data Science & Ethics Group (DSEG), an interagency network of experts to understand how data science methods can support humanitarian outcomes.

Research Fellows and Collaborators

AkanleDr Ọláyínká Àkànle is a researcher on the Data & Displacement project. He is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a research associate in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr Àkànle was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa. He has won scholarly awards including a World Social Science Fellowship (WSSF) of The International Social Science Council (ISSC), Paris, France; Laureate of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); and University of Ibadan Postgraduate School Prize for scholarly publication awardee. Dr Àkànle has attended many local and international scholarly conferences and has published widely in local and international journals, books, technical reports and encyclopedia. He is co-editor of The Development of Africa: Issues, Diagnosis and Prognosis (2018: Springer Publishing).

ModestaDr Modesta Alozie is the Lead Research Fellow on the Data & Displacement project. She completed her PhD in International Development Planning at the Bartlett University College London in 2020. Dr Alozie’s doctoral research looked at how unequal processes of resource distribution interact with identities of gender, age, religion and particularly ethnicity to shape youth experiences of violence in the context of oil exploration in Nigeria. Shortly after completing her doctorate, she joined the University of Sheffield where she was part of the European Research Council-sponsored Lo-ACT project that investigated climate change actions in 113 cities across South East Asia, Central Africa and West Africa. As part of the Lo-ACT team, Dr Alozie investigated climate change actions in 33 Nigerian Cities. She also holds an MSc. degree in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management from the University of Manchester, and a Biochemistry degree from Imo State University, Nigeria.


Dr Prithvi Hirani is a research fellow working on the Data & Displacement project. She is a DTM Associate, DTM Global Support Analytics, Knowledge and Output (AKO) Unit. Dr Hirani is part of the Global DTM Analytics Knowledge and Output team. She works on the Humanitarian, Development Peace Nexus and the Data Science and Ethics workstreams. Prior to this, she completed a PhD titled “The Border, City and Diaspora: The Physical and Imagined Borders of South Asia”, in International Politics from Aberystwyth University, UK in 2018. She has previously also worked in urban public policy as a Research Fellow in Mumbai.

GrantDr Grant Tregonning . Grant works on the project as a part-time consultant. He completed his PhD at Newcastle University in 2021, where he also worked as a teaching assistant and co-manager of the GIS-Helpdesk. He has a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments both from Queen Mary University of London. He is a geospatial scientist who is interested in climate change, sustainability, inequalities and citizen science. He mainly uses geospatial analytical methods to understand issues associated with urban sustainability and liveability. His NERC funded PhD research project adopted multi-objective optimisation techniques to determine the next set of spatially optimised sustainable housing development plans for major cities within the UK. At Warwick, Grant Tregonning continues to develop his research on urban liveability and sustainability and is currently working on a number of projects situated in the Global North and Global South including the Data and Displacement, Creating Interfaces and Slum Mapping initiatives.

KuyangDr Kuyang Harriet Logo is a research fellow working on the Data & Displacement project. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Peace, Development and Security Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan in December 2020. Her PhD interrogated knowledge production in a non-transition context and the ensuing challenges of pursuing justice after war in South Sudan. She teaches International Law and International Human Rights Law at the post graduate level at the Institute. She also teaches at the College of Law of the same university. Dr Logo is also an independent consultant, working on democratic governance, access to justice and the rule of law with the United Nations and international organisations, as well as academic institutions. Prior to becoming an academic and consultant, she served with the United Nations Development Programme in the capacities of Rule of Law Analyst, Programme Analyst for the Rule of Law Cluster, and Access to Justice Specialist in the Sudan, South Sudan and Timor Leste. Dr Logo qualified as a lawyer from the Faculty of Law of Makerere University in Uganda where she graduated with an honours degree in law and proceeded to advance her studies at Ohio Northern University in the USA where she obtained a Master of Laws Degree in Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law with distinction. She has published on international humanitarian law, legal reforms, transitional justice, gender, and customary justice.

stephStephanie Whitehead is the monitoring and evaluation coordinator for the Data & Displacement Project. she is a Programme and Evaluation Manager at the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick, UK. Stephanie Whitehead provides senior practitioner support to Warwick’s research community on global sustainable development. Leading on a university-wide programme that brings together transdisciplinary research groups and external stakeholders to create new research collaborations and subsequent research proposals is a key part of her role. She supports the provision of guidance around the UN Sustainable Development Goals with regards to how groups across the University may collaborate with external stakeholders in equitable partnerships to generate excellent research and guidance to colleagues on the planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects to deliver impact towards the UN SDGs, for example using methods such as theory of change.

Research Assistants

Dr Silvia De Michelis obtained a PhD from the Department of Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford, UK. Her doctoral research is titled From Cultural Imperialism to Cultural Peacebuilding. The Role of Media Within the Framework of the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine: The Case of Libya 2011. She also holds a Master in Forensics Criminology and a Law Degree with a focus on International Criminal Law from LIUC University (Varese, Italy) and the University of Turin (Italy), respectively. She is co-author of a book on peace journalism published in Italian titled Giornalismo di Pace (Ega, 2016) and has worked as a researcher for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California.

Hajja Kaka Alhaji Mai obtained a degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State. She is currently a postgraduate student at the same University, studying for a Masters degree in Administration and Planning at the Department of Education. Hajja Kaka Alhaji Mai has participated in many research and attended many conferences. She lives in Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria. Hajja works in Data and Displacement project as a field research assistant.

Abubakar Adam holds a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Maiduguri Borno State, Nigeria. He also obtained an M.Sc in Sociology from Usumanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria. He is the Administrative officer 1 at Dikwa Bioresources Center, National Biotechnology Development Agency of Nigeria (NABDA), and has attended many conferences and participated in many research projects. He lives in Maiduguri, Borno state Nigeria. Abubakar Adam works in the Data and Displacement project as a field research assistant.

Omolara PopoolaLink opens in a new window has a B.Sc in Geography and M.Sc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Ibadan. She has expertise in geo-mapping with application to both qualitative and quantitative research. She has worked on numerous projects as a field assistant including the NIHR Global Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums in Africa and Asia. Omolara works in the Data and Displacement project as Research Assistant.

Funke WilliamsFunke Caroline Williams is a Public Health Enthusiast. She possesses a B.Sc. Food Science and Technology from the University of Maiduguri and an M.Sc. Public Health (Biotechnology) degree from the University of Ibadan. Her 5 years of humanitarian experience with an NGO includes facilitating the distribution of relief materials to victims of human and natural disasters and participating in several community development projects across Yobe, Plateau and Oyo States. She is also multilingual and works in Data and Displacement projects as a Research Assistant.

Previous Researchers

Oluwafunto Abimbola worked on the Data and Displacement project in the first year as an intern. She is a graduate of History and International Studies at Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria. She has written a research paper titled "Terrorism and its effects on socio economic development in North-East Nigeria, Borno as a case study". She is a fellow of the African Presidential Leadership Program, Cairo under the auspices of Egypt president, His Excellency Abdel Fattah El-sis.

Ewajesu Opeyemi Okewumi worked on the Data and Displacement project in the first year as a research assistant. She holds a Masters degree in Sociology, with specialisation in Development Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She has expertise in qualitative research, data analysis and report writing. She has served on the organizing committee of Modern Youths International Model United Nations as an Academic and Research team member. She is a fellow of the Lagos Studies Association

Academic Advisory Board

Practitioner Advisory Group