lIaria Schnyder von Wartensee is the Ford Family Research Assistant Professor at the Kellogg Institute. Her principal research interest is international development and migration with a particular interest in dignity and human development. She helps to implement the Ford Program’s human development projects, drawing on her expertise in qualitative methods, practice, and ethnography in Africa, Europe and Latin America. She also worked collaboratively with the Wellbeing at Work Program, which explores wellbeing in caring professions, with a focus in humanitarian aid workers.
Currently, she is working in collaboration with Notre Dame colleagues to study integration of migrants in Italy and the role of the Catholic Church. In particular, she is studying the integration of 500 refugees through the Humanitarian Corridor Project in Italy. She has undertaken a major evaluation of the Ford Program's community development work in Nnindye, Uganda, and is also studying and assessing educational projects in Uganda. In addition, she has undertaken a qualitative study about entrepreneurship and mentoring to complement the work of several Notre Dame economists in a semi-urban area in Nairobi, Kenya.
Schnyder has previously conducted research in Brazil, Ecuador, and Burundi and coauthored Alla radice dello sviluppo: l'importanza del fattore umano [At the Root of Development: The Importance of the Human Factor] (Guerini & Associati/ Fondazione per la Sussidiarietà, 2012). A native of Switzerland, she holds a PhD in international law and economics from Bocconi University in Milan and an MSc in anthropology and development from the London School of Economics.
HumanLines Website/Web Documentary
The goal of HumanLines is to narrate the stories and relate the dynamics, faces, beauty, and difficulties that make up and distinguish the Humanitarian Corridors project.
- Video introduction to the HumanLines Website/Web Documentary
- HumanLines Facebook page
- Read about the project in NDWorks
Video about the project:
Human development, integral human development, dignity, quality of education, poverty, migration, wellbeing, qualitative research
Quality of education in Uganda
Migration, Humanitarian Corridor Project
Working paper (non-Kellogg)
Refugee Resettlement Project Being Studied by Ford Program Wins UN Prize
Oct 1, 2019
A unique refugee resettlement initiative being studied by two Ford Program researchers has been recognized by the United Nations.
Refugees, Researchers Discuss Preliminary Humanitarian Corridor Findings in Rome
Jun 26, 2019
The Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity was among several institutions at the University of Notre Dame that co-sponsored a recent workshop in Rome for researchers and refugees involved in an ongoing resettlement project in Italy.
Accompaniment and Feeling Welcome
May 22, 2019
In February 2018, I visited refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigrai and Gambela regions. It was the first time I had encountered what I can only describe as an open-sky limbo – places were people appeared to be physically safe but were struggling with the uncertainty of the future and the wounds of the past.