IOC Sponsored Research Published with UN-HCR

Vicky Kelberer

The Initiative on Cities is delighted to share The Work Permit Initiative for Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Implications for Policy and Practice, a research and policy report by Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies Masters Candidate Vicky Kelberer.

In conjunction with the Boston Consortium on Arab Region Studies and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelberer conducted on-site research on work permit programs specifically aimed at formally employing Syrian refugees in Jordan. Her report delivers a snapshot of the current economic, legal, and institutional environment surrounding the work permit initiative, and identifies obstacles to its implementation, nearly one year following its inception.

With Assistant Professor of International Relations Noora Lori, Kelberer was a recipient of a 2016 IOC Urban Research Award, which allowed her and Lori to travel to Jordan to conduct research for their project evaluating the livelihoods of Syrian refugees in the country. Explore our Research in Progress tab to learn more about their ongoing research.