Curriculum Vitae

THEMRISE N KHAN

Research and Policy Professional., International Development. Gender. Global Migration.

SKILLS

Quantitative and Qualitative research methodologies

Policy development, design and analysis. 

Formative and summative evaluation techniques.

Authoring issue-based synthesis papers, policy brief’s and case studies.

Oped writing and public speaking.

RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE

Daraja Press, Canada

  • Anthology Co-Editor (with Sondarjee, M and Dickson, K), The White Saviour Complex in International Development. Theory, Practise and Lived Experiences (Forthcoming, 2023)

ALTO Consulting/AltoLearn, Australia

Dutch Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Polices (INCLUDE)

  • Author: Evidence Synthesis Paper on Gender Barriers and Constraints on the Job Market in Africa (2019/2020)

Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan

  • Adjunct Faculty; Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (2019)

International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna, Austria

  • Key expert; Excellence, Knowledge and Rule of Law, Addressing Organised Immigration Crime in Pakistan (EXCEL) Project (2019)

International Labour Organization, Pakistan Country Office/Geneva Head Office

  • Research Consultant/Author: Labour Emigration. Pakistan Country Profile. Baseline of Laws and Policies (2018)
  • Research Consultant/Author; Qualitative research study on Women Migrant Workers from PakistanWhy are there so few? (2018)

International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada

  • Author, Women and Infrastructure. A Synthesis of GrOW Research Findings; IDRC GrOW Program (2018)

International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna, Austria

  • Co-Team Lead; Draft national Policy on Labour Emigrationa nd Welfare of Overseas Pakistani’s for teh Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development on labour emigration, welfare of Pakistani diaspora overseas and return and reintegration measure for returning migrants and deportees (2017)

International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bangladesh

  • Research Consultant/Author; Sociology of Migration and Development; Supporting evidence for Thematic Area 2; Ninth Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), Bangladesh (2016) 

International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada

  • Author; An Evidential Roadmap: Strengthening Linkages between Women’s Economic Empowerment and Growth; Background Paper for the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment; IDRC GrOW Program (2016) 

Aga Khan Foundation Canada, CADEX Program, Ottawa, Canada

  • CADEX Consultant/Author; Exploratory study of the History of Applications, Admissions and Graduates of the Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi Campus, Pakistan. (2015-2016)

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ottawa, Canada

  • Casual Employee in the Director General’s Office (DGO), Research and Evaluation Branch. (2015)

International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada

  • Co-author; Scoping Paper on “Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa. A Stocktaking of the Evidence and the Knowledge Gaps”; IDRC Working Paper Series (2015)

Global Knowledge Partnership in Migration and Development (KNOMAD), World Bank and the Metropolis Project, Ottawa, Canada

  • Project Manager/Researcher; Under KNOMAD Thematic Working Group on Integration, managed a research project on the development effects of the integration (in the host country) and re-integration (in the homeland) of high-skilled migrants. (2014)

Oxfam Canada, Ottawa, Canada

  • Women’s Rights Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (part-time) at the Centre for Gender Justice. (2013-2014)

Universalia Management Group, Ottawa, Canada

  • Evaluation Consultant; Thematic Evaluation of UN Women’s Contribution to Prevent Violence Against Women and Expand Access to Services and UN Women End of Program Evaluation, Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Aid Effectiveness Agenda. (2012-2013)

Mennonite Economic Development Association of Canada (MEDA), Waterloo, Canada

  • Designed, managed and co-authored a Qualitative Study on “Women and Peace-building: Investigating a Link Between Women’s Economic Development and Community Stabilization in Pakistan and Afghanistan” (2010)

Independent Research and Evaluation Consultant, Islamabad, Pakistan 

  • Several research and evaluation consultancies carried out for a range of bi-lateral and multi-lateral clients in gender, country program evaluation, poverty assessment, social protection, conflict/radicalization and community mobilization (2004-2009). 

FULL-TIME POSITIONS 

Associate Director, Strategic Planning Department J Walter Thompson Asiatic Advertising (Pvt.) Ltd, ; Karachi, Pakistan (2002 – 2003)

Research Associate, Collective for Social Science Research; Karachi, Pakistan (2001-2002)

Project Coordinator, Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) Program, Sindh Education Foundation/The British Council; Karachi, Pakistan (1997-1999)

Assistant Coordinator, Research and Documentation Unit NGO Resource Centre (A Project of Aga Khan Foundation); Karachi, Pakistan (1995-1997)

ADDITIONAL CLIENTS

Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan

Agriteam Canada Consulting

Goss Gilroy Inc., Canada

Asian Development Bank

The British Council, Pakistan

Collective for Social Science Research, Pakistan

Social Policy and Development Centre, Pakistan

UNESCO

UNICEF

United Nations Development Program

UN Women

Verulam Associates, UK

World Bank

EDUCATION

MSc. in Development Management;London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK (British Council Chevening Scholar; 1999/2000); Final Thesis: NGOs and Community “Devil”-opment. A Pakistan Case Study

BSc in Environmental Studies; York University, Toronto, Canada (Deans Honour Roll; 1995); Final Thesis: The Political Economy of Feudalism in Sindh Province, Pakistan

COURSES ATTENDED

Online Certificate Program on Migration Governance and Diaspora Engagement – 18 Credits (September 2021 – February 2022). Offered by Global Research Forum on Migration and Transnationalism (audited)

Masters level course (as a special student) in Ethics of Migration; University of Ottawa (Winter 2013); Final Research Paper: The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar: The Most Forgotten People of the World.

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Executive Committee Member: Canadian Association for the Study of International Development

Board Member: Humanitarian Partners International, Canada

Editorial Board Member: Springer Book Series on South -South Migration

Member: Informed Opinions Expert Women’s Database

Member: Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

Associate Member: Centre for Global Human Movement Group, University of Cambridge

Member: Cross Migration Database of Experts

Visiting Professor (Honorary), The International Institute of Migration and Development

Executive Committee Member: Emerging Scholars and Practitioners in Migration Issues (2018-2020)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Moving beyond (en)forced North-South collaboration for development. Possibilities from Pakistan, in, Margit van Wessel, Tiina Kontinen and Justice Bawole (Eds.) Starting from the South: Reimagining civil society collaborations in development, Routledge (Forthcoming 2022/23)

South-south migration. Southern interpretations of a Northern Discourse; Working Paper No. 1, International Institute for Migration and Development, Kerala, India (2021) Also in, India Migration Report 2021, Routledge India (forthcoming 2022)

A Woman in God’s Land; in Critical Muslim Issue 41, “Bodies”, Hurst Publishers, UK (2022)

The Securitization of Relief Assistance to Internally Displaced Populations. The FATA Military Conflict in Pakistan; in, Inanc, Gul and Lewis, Themba (Eds.), NGOs and Forced Displacement in the Asia Pacific, Routledge (2022)

Labour migration and systemic resilience: A sending sate’s perspective from Pakistan; MigResHub Commentary No. 9, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute (2021)

Young, female and African: Barriers, interventions and opportunities for female youth employment; INCLUDE/IDRC/ILO, Netherlands/Canada/Geneva (2020)

Review of Law, Policy and Practice of Recruitment of Migrant Workers in Pakistan; ILO Pakistan/Geneva (2020)

Women Migrant Workers from Pakistan;A Situational Analysis; ILO Pakistan/Geneva (2020)

Women and Infrastructure. A Synthesis of GrOW Research Findings; IDRC Publications, Ottawa, Canada (2018)

Sociology of Migration and Development; Supporting evidence for Thematic Area 2; Ninth Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), IOM Bangladesh (2016) 

An Evidential Roadmap: Strengthening Linkages between Women’s Economic Empowerment and Growth; Background Paper for the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment; IDRC GrOW Program, Ottawa, Canada (2016) 

Betcherman, Gordon and Khan Themrise; Scoping Paper on “Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa. A Stocktaking of the Evidence and the Knowledge Gaps”; IDRC Working Paper Series; Ottawa, Canada (2015)

Betcherman, Gordon and Khan Themrise; Jobs for Africa’s expanding youth cohort: a stocktaking of employment prospects and policy interventions; IZA Journal of Development and Migration 2018 8:13

Baranyi, Stephen Professor and Khan, Themrise; Canada and Development in Other Fragile States: Moving beyond the “Afghanistan Model” in “Re-thinking Canadian Aid” (Eds. Stephen Brown, David Black and Molly Den Heyer); University of Ottawa Press; December 2014; Second edition 2016

“Diasporas and Development-A Cautionary Note”; McCloud Group, Ottawa, Canada, 2015

Khan, T and Durrani, A; Urban Women in the Pakistani Workplace: Passive Aggression or Compulsive Subversion? Paper prepared for Conference of South Asian Feminist Research Association, Sri Lanka; November 2004

A Study of the Political Economy of Feudalism in SindhPakistan Perspectives; Journal of the Pakistan Studies Centre, Vol. 8, Nos. 1 & 2; University of Karachi; January – December 2003

Gazdar, H, Khan, A, and Khan, T; Land Tenure, Rural Livelihoods and  Institutional Innovation; Collective for Science Research; Karachi; 2002

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Migration governance as white saviorism: A colonial legacy or post-colonial power trip? Presented at the Annual Oxford Migration Conference, Oxford Migration Studies Society, May 19, 2022 (Online event).

Is it possible to define immigrant identity? An immigrant’s perspective. Presented at the Annual Oxford Migration Conference, Oxford Migration Studies Society, May 14-15, 2020 (Online event).

Is Canadian Identity Measurable? Exploring Canadian identities in an age of multiple identities. Presented at CIIM Forum on Measuring Identity, Diversity and Inclusion in Canada @150 and Beyond; Gatineau, Quebec, Canada; November 30-December 01, 2017.

SELECTED SPEAKING EVENTS (online)

Speaker, Decolonizing Aid; Mission 21 Summer School, Basel, Switzerland, August 2022

Panelist, Faith-sensitive creative decolonized research and learning; Development Studies Association Conference, July 2022

Participant, Decolonizing Aid. A Stakeholder Convening; The New Humanitarian February 2022 (Chatham House Rules)

International Development Committee, UK Parliament, Oral evidence: The philosophy and culture of aid; November 2021,

Panelist Canadian Association for Studies in International development (CASID) Annual Conference, Presentation on the White Savior Complex in International Development, June 2021

Panelist, Report Launch, Time to Decolonize Aid; PeaceDirect/ADESO/W, May 2021

International Development Committee, UK Parliament, Oral evidence: The philosophy and culture of aid; February 2021

Guest Speaker, Save the Children International, Humanitarian Steering Committee Meeting, February, 2021

Panelist, Opening Session, The SDGs at the back of decolonization and systemic racism, International Development Week 2021, University of Laval/AQOCI/University of Montreal, February 2021

Panelist, Confronting Racism and Privilege in Peace Building, PeaceCon 2020. Pandemic Peace and Justice, November 2020 (Chatham House Rules)

Keynote Speaker, CHS Alliance Global Exchange Conference, October 2020

Panelist, Decolonizing Aid: An intimate conversation with women activists in the global south; ADESO/IFPP; August 2020 

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