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Dr Alexandra Winkels

Dr Alexandra Winkels

Affiliated Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies (CDS)

Senior Research Advisor, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Associate, Clare Hall College

Strategy Team, Cambridge Global Challenges SRI

Currently not taking PhD Students

Office Phone: +44 1223 764040


I am an experienced educator, academic programme manager and research coordinator. During my PhD (UEA) and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, my research took me to Vietnam where I asked questions relating to livelihood vulnerability and migration. From 2012 -2018 I was the Academic Director for International Development and Global Change at the Institute of Continuing Education (University of Cambridge) where I managed a further education programme and team of tutors to offer a range of part-time undergraduate Certificates and Diplomas as well as short and online courses. I have been teaching Migration & Development at the Centre of Development Studies since 2011 and currently work as a consultant for Inclusive Development for the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL). 

Research Interests

My research and teaching expertise is in Migration & Development and Inclusive Business. I support collaborative research projects between the private sector and academia (e.g. 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 the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge (CSAP), CAMMIGRES and the University of Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative. My research interests centre around mobility, livelihood vulnerability, social inclusion, community development, inclusive business and climate change adaptation.

My recent project contributions cover a range of themes, for example:

CISL Mutual Microinsurance -





My teaching ranges from undergraduate geography and development studies to postgraduate teaching on migration and development. I engage students in contemporary debates and by drawing on my empirical experiences in Vietnam and Kenya to help bridge the divide between theory and practice of international development issues. Unfortunately, I am not currently accepting new PhD students for supervision.


PhD Students



David Durand-Delacre (2018 - ) Making and becoming ‘climate migrants’”: problematising discourses          on climate-induced West African migration to France (Advisor, Dept of Geography)


Victoria Tse (2017 -) 3X1 SEDESOL Investment Program and Development In Mexico: An Uncertain               Future in Light of Recent Trends in Mexican Migration (Principal supervisor, CDS)


Sigrid Lupieri (2016 -) Health care in times of crisis: whose vulnerability counts? The case of Syrian               refugees in Jordan (Principal supervisor, CDS)


Melissa Mouthaan (2016 - ) The Externalisation of the EU’s migration agenda in West Africa; an   investigation of implementation dynamics in Senegal and Ghana (Principal supervisor, CDS)


Lorena Gazzotti  (2015 - 2018) Governing the ‘Immigration Nation’ - Development, humanitarianism           and migration politics in Morocco (Principal supervisor, CDS)


Sherilyn Reindorf-Partey (2012 - 2015) Modern urbanism and development in Angola (Principal   supervisor, CDS)


Key Publications

Mental Health of Refugees in the UK:Mapping the gender and age differences to guide appropriate interventions. Polygeia (2019) (with Gurrib, S., Hinton, R., Lee,M., Ianni-Ravn, M., De Soysa, S.) (2019)

Kenya Biogas Community and Household Pilot : Baseline Study. University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) (wih Grist, N and J. Reynolds)  (2018)

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)

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