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Patricia Garcia Amado

Dr Patricia Garcia Amado

Research Associate

Ysgol Daearyddiaeth a Chynllunio

+44 29225 12067
43-45 Plas y Parc, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3BB


I am a political scientist with an interest in forced migration and housing rights in displacement. My research focuses on the integration process of refugees and IDPs in urban settings, particularly in their housing and economic rights and how these are exercised de facto in spite of legal restrictions.

Currently I am researching on displacement economies in two different projects. Protracted Displacement in an Urban World explores the well-being and the economies of urban refugees and IDPs across four countries (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Jordan, and Kenya). Bordering Economies aims to unveil the participation of refugees in informal cross-border trade and the implications of these practices for refugee and border control policies, and for the local development of border towns.



  • PhD in Human Rights, University of Deusto (Spain)
  • MSc in Humanitarian Action NOHA, University of Deusto (Spain) & Uppsala Universitet (Sweden)
  • Postgraduate diploma in Peace Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
  • MSc in International Development Aid, Euskal Herriko Universitatea (Spain)
  • Bachelor in Political Science, Euskal Herriko Universitatea (Spain)

Academic positions

  • Lecturer (2021-present), Cardiff University
  • Research associate (2020-present), Cardiff University
  • Lecturer (2020), University of Deusto
  • Research officer (2016-2018), University of Deusto
  • Research officer (2006-2012), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Other professional experience

  • Consultant, Joint IDP Profiling Services (2019)
  • Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Mèdecins Sans Frontiéres, South Sudan and Sudan (2012 and 2013)
  • Project officer, Kusi Warma NGO, Peru (2004-2005)

Honours & Awards

  • Cum Laude International mention, PhD thesis. University of Deusto
  • FPI PhD research grant
  • Erasmus+ PhD research grant