- IMIn Fellow
Ayla Bonfiglio is a Doctoral Fellow at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University exploring the tertiary education trajectories of refugees within Africa to gain a deeper understanding of agency within forced migration processes. During her PhD, she has held Visiting/Associate Researcher positions at the International Migration Institute (IMI) and Wits University’s African Centre for Migration and Society, and has worked with several international organizations, including GIZ. Formerly, Ayla was a Research Officer at IMI working on the Mobility in the African Great Lakes project and the Global Migration Futures project. Ayla obtained an MSc in Forced Migration in 2010 from Oxford and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from Columbia University. She has worked and conducted research in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Guatemala, and Rwanda. Her current research interests include forced migration and migration theory, refugee mobility, and education in emergencies.