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Expert Network

Migration Observatory

Petros Aghababyan


Head of Asylum Issues Division of Migration Service of Armenia. 20-year work experience in the fields of migration and asylum. 10-year experience of Lecturer of International Law.

Graduate of Law Faculty at the Hrachia Acharyan University of Yerevan (1997); Migration Management Diploma, Maastricht University/United Nations University (2014); Acting Associate Professor at his alma mater; 33 publications on human rights, migration and asylum issues.


Anastacia Bobrova


Head of Department of Human development and demography, Institute of Economics, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk; Researcher in the field of practical and theoretical demography, migration process, social economic research, social and labour policy, including youth; Candidate of Economic Sciences (Demography).


Haykanush Chobanyan


Head of External Relations Division since 2010. Actively involved in different projects with various leading international stakeholders, including GTZ, OSCE, EUI and ICMPD. Research interests: return migration and reintagration, labour migration, migration policy, Diaspora and refugee studies, etc. Author of a number of research articles, policy papers, analytical materials.

Graduate of the Yerevan State Pedagogical University, Department of History; PhD candidate at the Faculty of Sociology of the Yerevan State University of Armenia. She has been working for the Migration Service of Armenia since 2000.


Danica Santic Danica Santic


Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Geography. Strong interests in migration topics. Her research projects have focused on the Balkan migration route and migration flows in and from Serbia. She is one of the founders of Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD)  network, member of the Executive board of WB MIGNET, Regional Studies Association (RSA) territorial representative, World Social Science Fellow and Fellow of European Center for International Affairs (ECIA).


Zoran Drangovski


President, Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA). Project coordinator, USAID Refugee and Migrants human rights protection project (till 2017). Field and logistic coordinator, “Rapid Emergency Teams for supporting migrants in the Southern Europe and Western Balkans Region” OXFAM project (till 2016). Asylum and mixed migration lawyer, “Legal aid and representation for asylum seekers in Republic of Macedonia” UNHCR Skopje, project implemented by MYLA. Master studies of Political Science, University American College, Skopje; Bachelor of Law, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje.


Natalia Husieva


PhD, Assistant Professor of the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies (V. N. Karazin National University, Faculty of Geology, Geography, Recreation and Tourism). Previously Head of the Teaching and Research Laboratory. Engineer.

Graduate (Master of Geography) of Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National Pedagogical University where she was also Senior Lecturer till 2014.


Kateryna Ivashchenko-Stadnik


Historian and sociologist; Research fellow, Institute of Sociology, National Academy of Sciences. CEU graduate (Society and Politics, Prague 1992/1993 and Sociology, Warsaw 2000-2004); Enrolled in the external Graduate course in International Development (University of London/London School of Economics).

Conducting a range of long-term national surveys with representative samples (e.g. UKRAINIAN SOCIETY and OMNIBUS) to trace social development trends in Ukraine. Previously worked as Social Policy Advisor in UNDP (Ukraine). Extensive experience in cross-cultural mobility and migration studies; Former Ukrainian team leader and country expert within a number of international research schemes including Horizon 2020. Her recent publications include articles on societal change since the conflict in Ukraine.


Natia Mestvirishvili


Researcher at ICMPD ENIGMMA-2 Analytical Unit at the SCMI Secretariat in Georgia.  PhD in Psychology from Tbilisi State University. She holds a M.Sc. in Social Research from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and an M.A. in Global Development and Social Justice from St. John’s University (US).  Before joining ICMPD/SCMI in 2016, held Senior Researcher's position at CRRC Georgia.  Teaches several courses in research design and data analysis at Tbilisi State University, Ilia State University and Caucasus University.


Valeriu Mosneaga


Professor at the Faculty of International Relations, Political and Administrative Sciences, Moldova State University and at the St. Cyril & Methodius University in Trnava. Research interest: International migration, Migration in Moldova; Transitional societies and political modernism. Numerous awards, grants and publications.

Doctor Habilitat (Dr.Sc.), Political Science; Ph.D. Philosophy, Moscow State University; M.A. Cum Laude, Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University.


Nermin Oruc

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Director, Centre for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research. Senior Research Fellow at Impaq International (till 2016). Assistant Professor at the International University of Sarajevo (till 2015).

MSc and PhD in Economics, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent. PhD thesis: Economic consequences of Ethnic Cleansing: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Specific Expertise: Econometrics, Industrial Organization, Personnel Economics, Financial Reporting.


Dmitry Poletaev


Director of Regional Public Organization Migration Research Center”. Laboratory of Migration, Institute of Economic Forecasting of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Ph.D., Cand. Sci.  (Econ). Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Economics and Statistic (МESI).  Migration expert. Author of over 100 publications in the field of migration. Initiator of creation of the Museum of the history of migration in Moscow.


Yelena Sadovskaya


International consultant on migration and migration policies in Kazakhstan and Central Asia based in Almaty. Expert of the Research Council on CIS Migration Studies under the Center for Migration Studies of the Institute for Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). Her research interests include labor, irregular, Chinese migration; mobility and labor market; remittances and development; migrant workers’ rights, migration governance; civil society, early warning and conflict prevention, etc. 

Produced analytical reports for IOM, ILO, UNFPA, World Bank, European Commission, OSCE, MacArthur Foundation, British Council, Eurasian Foundation, and other international organizations and governmental bodies in Kazakhstan. Fulbright Scholar, RSEP scholar, MacArthur fellow; Winner of EU-USA 1998 "Democracy and Civil Society" Award (1998).