Armela Xhaho works as a senior researcher at Institute for Democracy and Mediation since March 2017.
Before joining IDM, Armela worked as a PhD Research fellow at the UNYT research centre, coordinating all research activities and the field work with labour migrants and policy stakeholders in Greece, Germany and Switzerland. Armela has over 12 years of solid experience in civil society sector, coordinating national and multi-stakeholder research projects in the area of human rights, social inclusion, gender and transparency. She has developed robust competencies in project cycle management, fundraising process, capacity building and policy advocacy, research methodology, data processing, coding and analysis through qualitative/ quantitative software programs. Moreover, her teaching experience includes 4 years of lecturing at University of Tirana, UNYT and other private universities in Albania. In addition, her interdisciplinary research activities include participation in many research programs as visiting researcher, scientific board member, and local expert on gender and migration issues. She has published more than 25 articles including academic papers in peer-review scientific journals and policy documents.
Armela Xhaho is currently a PhD Research Fellow at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. She completed her MA on Gender Studies, from Central European University, Budapest in 2011 and BA in Psychology from State University of New York/Empire State College & University of New York Tirana (UNYT) in 2008. Her main research interests are human rights, gender issues, migration, social inclusion, evidence-based policymaking and good governance.