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Linda Oucho

  • PhD in Ethnic Relations
  • Director, Research and Data Hub
  • African Migration and Development Policy Centre
  • 50PublicationsNumber of items in Linda's My Publications folder on Mendeley.


Linda Adhiambo Oucho is a PhD graduate from the University of Warwick. Her PhD in Ethnic Relations (2007 – 2012) under the Centre for Research and Ethnic Relations (CRER) in the School of Health and Social Sciences focused on Kenyan and Nigerian women’s role in the migration decision-making process to the UK, as a family unit or an individual. The study had identified a lack of understanding of migration decision-making from the context of African women and hence the study was to draw attention to this phenomenon. Her project explored migration decision-making from the context of history, anthropology, psychology, law and sociology in order to demonstrate how different elements can influence or contribute to the migration decision-making process. Linda has an interest in the plight of African women with regards to migration and other related topics and has engaged in short term consultancies projects related to human trafficking, climate change, development and poverty just to mention a view. However, she also focuses on gender and ensuring that it is effectively mainstreamed into research, policy and practice. Her ability to engage across a range of disciplines is attributed to her interdisciplinary background as she also holds an MA in Advice and Paralegal Work from London Metropolitan University (2004 – 2006) where her dissertation focused on the equal opportunities policies in the UK and the continued discrimination ethnic minority women face before and during employment. She received the Leonard Cohen Prize for the Best Research Project of her graduating class of 2006. In addition, she also holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Botswana (2000 – 2004) where she majored in History and minored in English, as she focused on global history but mainly had an interest in African History and Literature. Linda is currently the Director of Research and Data Hub at the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC) based in Nairobi Kenya. The organisation undertakes policy based research in East Africa and beyond on migration and development as well as other related subjects. The organisation also creates opportunities where policy makers and identified stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, Civil Society Organisations and community leaders) can engage with one another in a space where a mutual consensus can be reached regarding development. She has also been involved in several short term consultancies with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European University Institute in Florence, Italy, the International Centre for Policy Migration and Development (ICMPD) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Observatory on Migration both in Brussels, Belgium. She has engaged in several national and international conferences, seminars and forums including the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2012 and 2014 as a civil society delegate. She has contributed to discussions on human trafficking, gender and migration, media and perception on immigration, and human rights. She is the Project Director for the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium (MOP/RPC) in Kenya and Ethiopia. The MOP/RPC is a 6 year research project (2011 – 2017) that aims to investigate the connection between migration and poverty in 6 countries in Asia (Bangladesh and Singapore), Africa (South Africa, Ghana and Kenya) managed by the University of Sussex and funded by the Department for International Development (DfID). Linda has a strong research background, has the ability to engage on a range of topics finding ways of connecting them theoretically or practically and she is very determined as her focused mind-set gives her the ability to think widely on different ways and means of understanding a phenomenon and how it can be incorporated in policy and practice.

Recent publications

  • Invisible in the City: Protection Gaps facing sexual minority refuges and asylum seekers in urban Ecuador, Ghana, Israel and Kenya

  • The Links between Kakuma Refugee Camp HIV/AIDs Education Programmes and the Programmes in Regular Schools in the Surrounding Host Community in North-Western Kenya


Professional experience

Director, Research and Data Hub

African Migration and Development Policy Centre

August 2012 - Present

Gender and Migration Consultant

African Migration and Development Policy Centre

October 2010 - July 2012(2 years)

Library Assistant

Regents College

August 2008 - June 2012(4 years)

Customer Service Representative


September 2005 - September 2008(3 years)

CasuaL Research Assistant

St Marys University College

June 2008 - July 2008(a month)

Advocacy Support

Alone in London

February 2007 - July 2007(5 months)

Social Policy Coordinator

Citizens Advice Bureau

September 2005 - January 2006(4 months)


PhD in Ethnic Relations

University of Warwick

October 2007 - July 2012(5 years)

MA in Advice and Paralegal Work

London Metropolitan University

October 2004 - January 2006(a year)

BA in Humanities

University of Botswana

September 2000 - July 2004(4 years)