Prof Alessandro Monsutti

Designation: Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, IHEID // President of the Board of Directors

Prof. Monsutti holds a PhD in social anthropology, University of Neuchâtel (2002). Trained as a social anthropologist, Alessandro Monsutti became a member of the faculty in 2010, after having taught at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies from 2003 to 2007. He has been Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (1999-2000) and Yale University (2008-2010), Grantee of the MacArthur Foundation (2004-2006), and Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna (2012) and Arizona State University (2014). He is also Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford). In addition, he has worked as a consultant for several international and non-governmental organizations such as UNHCR.

Alessandro Monsutti has conducted multi-sited research since the mid-1990s in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran to study the modes of solidarity and cooperation mobilised in a situation of conflict and forced migration. He has subsequently broadened the geographical scope of his research to include members of the Afghan diaspora living in Western countries. This led him to analyse war and post-conflict reconstruction in the light of the social networks and economic strategies developed by refugees and migrants, and – more generally – to address theoretical and methodological issues related to globalisation.

Among his current research interests: the political economy of reconstruction in Afghanistan as an example of emerging forms of sovereignty and global governance; asylum seekers and refugees in Europe; migrants and non-migrants in urban neighbourhoods; the changing nature of borderlands in Europe and South Asia.

Fields of interest

  • Agriculture, land and rural development
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
  • Humanitarian action, intervention
  • Immigrants, refugees, diasporas
  • Middle East (Iran)
  • Asia, South (Afghanistan and Pakistan)


Selected publications