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Dr Alexandra Winkels (Not accepting PhD students for 2018/2019)

Dr Alexandra Winkels, (Not accepting PhD students for 2018/2019)

Senior Researcher, Centre for Development Studies

Academic Director and Teaching Officer for International Development and Global Change, Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall

BSc (Salford), MPhil (Cambridge) PhD (University of East Anglia)

Office Phone: +44 (0) 7793082659


Alexandra is the Academic Director for International Development and Global Change at the Institute of Continuing Education (University of Cambridge). In this capacity she manages and teaches part-time courses for mature students. Alexandra started teaching at the Centre of Development studies while holding a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (until 2013). She also works as a consultant for a number of international organisations including Vietnam’s United National Population Fund (UNFPA) and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) in Fiji and as an academic expert for DFID, IDS, CDKN and SOAS.

Research Interests

Alexandra’s research interests revolve around the nexus between migration and development. She is particularly interested in the risks faced by migrants and their families as a result of migration. Research on internal migration in Vietnam considered the role of social capital in the migration process and the impact of migration on those who stay behind at origin. In this context, Alexandra has also studied the global – local linkages of commodity markets and how they impact on livelihood vulnerability of migrant farmers. Research in 2013 -5, funded by the British Academy, looked at migrant vulnerability to environmental stresses in urban areas. Recent work focuses on migrant welfare in the European context by studying family migration from Slovakia.


Alexandra’s teaching ranges from undergraduate geography and development studies, to postgraduate teaching on migration. In 2016-7 Alexandra offersr a half-paper on Migration & Development, She also provides mentoring support to MPhil and PhD students. Alexandra is available to supervise MPhil dissertations but does not currently accept new PhD students.

Key Publications

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

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

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

Winkels A. ‘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 pp228 -243 (2011)

Newsham, A., Satterthwaite, D., Winkels, A., Dodman, D., Mitlin, D. & Tanner, T. Tackling poverty in a changing climate. The Learning Hub: Learning Cycle 2 Framing Paper. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) & Department for International Development UK (DFID) (2011)

Winkels, A. & N. Brooks Briefing Note: Migration & Climate Change. DFID Climate Change Knowledge Network (CDKN), London (Draft, 2011)

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

Winkels A. ‘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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