Livelihood Strategies of Internally Displaced Persons in Urban Eastern DRC

PhD student

Gloria Nguya

Friday 12 Jul 2019, 10:00 - 12:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B
International Institute of Social Studies
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Gloria Nguya

On 12 July 2019, Gloria Nguya will defend her PhD thesis entitled 'Livelihood Strategies of Internally Displaced Persons in Urban Eastern DRC'. 

Over the past few years, the number of people affected by forced displacement has risen sharply in crisis contexts throughout the world. In general, forcibly displaced populations consist of two main groups: refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). In her research, Ms. Nguya adopted the approach of considering IDPs as active agents in her exploration of their experiences with displacement in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

She sought to revise some of the common assumptions related to IDPs’ experiences and through her research, she hopes to provide a frame of reflection for understanding IDPs’ experiences in urban areas that will be used in both future research and policy orientations, to inform actors dealing with IDPs and non-IDPs regarding ways of addressing issues related to IDPs, to call for the consideration of the IDP population as part of the urban population when it comes to creating solutions and to bring attention to the IDP population at multiple levels of discussion.


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Thea Hilhorst 

Professor Dirk-Jan Koch, Radboud University

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Alice Nabintu, Catholic University of Bukavu

Dr Oliver Bakewell, University of Manchester

Dr Bram Jansen, Wageningen University & Research

Professor Georg Frerks, Utrecht University

Professor Peter Knorringa

The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Atrium of the ISS. Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

More information

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

This Public Defence may broadcast on ISS livestream. If so, you will be able to watch the Public Defence live at and later on at the ISS YouTube channel

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