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Miss Carmen Leon Himmelstine

Post:School Tutor (Anthropology, International Development)
Other posts:Associate Tutor (Anthropology)
Location:ARTS B B361
Email:C.Himmelstine@sussex.ac.uk
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Biography

 

I have recently completed my PhD in International Development at the University of Sussex and I hold an MA in Development Studies by the University of East Anglia. My principal research interests lie in  migration, social protection, education and gender. My PhD explored the links and mutual impacts between cash transfers and migration, including the role of remittances in households receiving cash transfers in Mexico. Previously, I have  collaborated as research consultant to the Social Protection Programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and different international development organisations on the following projects: Social protection and its impacts on the decision to migrate (ODI); HIV/AIDS and social protection (ILO); impact of labour intensive natural asset creation programmes on livelihoods and food security (ODI and HPG), the use of community based targeting of social protection programmes (WB) and the State of Food and Agriculture 2015 (FAO). I have also contributed to research at the University of Sussex and the University of East Anglia, UK. I believe social protecion can transform the lives of people such as migration but synergies and complementarities between the two need to be understood.

Parallel to my PhD fieldwork experience in Oaxaca, Mexico, I launched a successful campaign achieving in January 2015 the donation of 49 new music instruments and accessories for the children of Tamazulapam del Espiritu Santo to the value of MX$1,300,000 (US$90,000).

 

PUBLICATIONS

Academic articles

•          (2015). How effective are cash transfers in reducing poverty compared to remittances? (with Jessica Hagen-Zanker). Social Policy and Society. Cambridge University Press.

•          (2013). “What do we know about the impact of social protection programmes on the decision to migrate?” (with Jessica Hagen-Zanker). Migration and Development Journal, Spring.

Working papers

•          (2014). “What is the state of evidence on the impacts of cash transfers on poverty, as compared to remittances?” (with Jessica Hagen-Zanker). Working paper, Overseas Development Institute

•          (2012). “What are the consequences of introducing or expanding formal social protection policies on migration flows?” (with Jessica Hagen-Zanker). Background Note. London: Overseas Development Institute.

Major Policy Reports

•          (2014). Linkages between gender, social protection and agriculture in policy. Project Report. Overseas Development Institute. Report submitted for the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), FAO.

•          (March, 2013). “Social Protection and HIV Global Literature Review: Access and effects of social protection on people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS” (with Anna McCord) International Labour Organisation.

•          (2013). What is known about the impact of labour-intensive natural asset creation programmes on livelihoods and food security? Literature review submitted to the Overseas Development Institute prepared for the Humanitarian Policy Group.

•          (2012). Community Based Targeting, A review of current CBT programming and literature. Report submitted to the Overseas Development Institute prepared for the Social Protection and Labour Unit of the World Bank

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS 

  • The impact of conditional cash transfers on the decision to migrate: The case of “Oportunidades” and Mexican internal and international migration. International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion Network” (IMISCOE). July 2016
  • Mobile Europeans, mobile careers? The career pathways of EU postgraduates from UK universities (with Laura Morosanu). “International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion Network” (IMISCOE).  July, 2016
  • The impact of Oportunidades on aspirations and the decision to stay or to migrate: The case of Oaxacan women from indigenous “Mixe” communities. Conference “International Conference: Gender Relations and Rising Inequalities”, University of East Anglia. July, 2015

 

RELEVANT PRESENTATIONS

  • What is the impact of social protection programmes and migration on food security?: The outcomes of Oportunidades compared to remittances in Oaxaca. Congress "Empoderando la alimentación: la seguridad alimentaria como motor de Equidad y Participación Social de Oaxaca", Oaxaca, Mexico, 30, January, 2015
  • The linkages between social protection and migration: An illustrative Mexican case study of Oportunidades and Oaxacan migration. Migration Researchers in the Field – a Graduate Conference on Theory and Methods. University of Sussex, Brighton UK, 9, April 2014
  • What do we know about the impact of Oportunidades on Mexican migration?. XI Symposium of Mexican Students and Studies in the UK, Sheffield UK, 12, July 2013

 

INVITED TALKS/PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Youth transitions and rural poverty in Mexico. "We are tired of the narco-state": violence, protests and human rights in Mexico. Invited to present at the Global Forum for Ayotzinapa. University of Sussex, Brighton UK, 12, November, 2014
  • Young Ayuujks’ aspirations and the decision to stay or to migrate after Oportunidades. Invited to prepare this talk for the students of the “Universidad Comunal Intercultural del Cempoaltepetl (UNICEM)” (Cempoaltepetl Intercultural Communal University). Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, 6 March 2014
  • Occasional interventions to talk about Mexican migration and the contribution of Hispanic migrants in the USA for Ibero-Radio (2008-2010).

Qualifications

 

2017: PhD in International Development, University of Sussex, UK. Dissertation Title: The linkages between social protection and migration: A case study of Oportunidades and migration in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

2011: MA Development Studies. School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK.

2008: BA in International Relations; Major: International Economics. Ibero-American Univesity, Mexico.

August 2007-December 2007: Exchange Student. Purchase University, New York, USA

January 2006-January 2007: Diploma in Political Studies. SciencesPo Lyon, France