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Dr Alexandra Winkels

Dr Alexandra Winkels

Researcher and Affiliated Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies

Associate, Clare Hall College

Strategy Team, Cambridge Global Challenges SRI

Office Phone: +44 (0) 7793082659


After completing her PhD and British Academy Postdoctoral fellowship, Alexandra has been researching and teaching Migration & Development at the Centre of Development studies since 2011. From 2012 -2018 she was the Academic Director for International Development and Global Change at the Institute of Continuing Education (University of Cambridge). She currently works closely with the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership on Inclusive Development. Alexandra is also available as a consultant. 

Research Interests

I am an experienced educator, academic manager and research coordinator with a strong interdisciplinary network. My research and teaching expertise is in Migration & Development and Inclusive Business.  I support collaborative research projects between the private sector and academia (eg partnerships between global health and nutrition companies and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership). I am an Associate of Clare Hall college and a member of Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge (CSAP), CAMMIGRES and the University of Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative.

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Alexandra’s teaching ranges from undergraduate geography and development studies, to postgraduate teaching on migration and development. Alexandra tries to engage students in contemporary debates and by drawing on her empirical experiences in Vietnam and Kenya to help bridge the divide between theory and practice of international development issues. Her research interests centre around mobility, livelihoods and vulnerability.

Key Publications

Vulnerability, poverty and sustaining well-being. In: G Atkinson, S Dietz, E Neumeyer and Matthew Agarwala (eds). Handbook of Sustainable Development 2nd Ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (with W N Adger) (2014)


Heat stress and adaptive capacity of low-income outdoor workers and their families in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam. Asian Cities Climate Resilience. London, IIED (with Dao Thi Mai Hoa, Do Anh Nguyet, Nguyen Hoang Phuong,Dang Thu Phuong,  Vu Thu Nga, R.Few) (2013)


Migration, social networks and risk: the case of rural to rural migration in Vietnam. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 7 (4) (2012)


Stretched Livelihoods – the social and economic connections between the Red River Delta and the Central Highlands. In: Sikor et al. (eds) Upland transformations: Opening boundaries in Vietnam. National University of Singapore Press (NUSP): Singapore (2011)


Migration & Climate Change. DFID Climate Change Knowledge Network Briefing Note (CDKN), London (with N Brooks) (2011)


Nested and networked vulnerabilities to environmental change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7(3): 150–157 (With W N Adger and H Eakin) (2009)


Nested Vulnerability: exploring cross-scale linkages and tele-connections in Mexican and Vietnamese coffee systems. Environmental Science & Policy 12 (4): 398-412 (with H Eakin and J Sendzimir) (2008)


Rural in-migration and global trade: managing the risks of coffee farming in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Mountain Research and Development. 28 (1) (Feb 2008)


Frontier Migration and Social Capital in Vietnam. in G Mutz & R Klump (Eds.) Modernisation and Social Transformation in Vietnam. Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde, pp 94-112 (2005)

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