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Ibrahim Elnur

Associate Professor of Political Science & Coordinator, Development Studies Program, American University in Cairo

D.Phil. in Development studies, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Doctorate in Economic Science, KMU, Budapest, Hungary, December, 1979, B.Sc. (honors), Pure Theory, University of Khartoum, April, 1973, a B.Sc. in Economics, Cairo University, Egypt (1970).  Previously: Director of the Middle East Research Awards (MEAwards) at the Population Council, Cairo (1999-2001), Visiting Researcher, OAS-AUC, Co-founder and coordinator of the Group for Alternative Policies for Sudan (GAPS) (1996-1999), Associate Professor, El Fatih University, Tripoli, Libya (1995-1996), Head Department of Economics, Juba University, Sudan (1990-1995), and Assistant Professor at the same university since 1986.

Dr. Elnur is currently the Graduate advisor, Political Science Department at AUC.  Elnur is the co-coordinator of the Sudanese Diaspora Research Group (SDRN).  His current research and teaching Interests includes the following: Development and International Political Economy, population dynamics with emphasis on migration-development nexus, public policy, economics of education, health, and war and reconstruction.  His publications and research interests focus on reconstruction of war torn communities, the state and globalization, urban poverty, changing conditions of educated elite reproduction, new urbanities-ruralities, modernities; survival strategies, feminization of the labor process and family dynamics, alternative development policies and the economics of education and health.

Research Project: War, Diasporas, and Reproduction of Social Class among Sudanese Elite

Selected Publications:

  • From Political Patronage to Empowerment: A Critique of Subsidies' Systems, Anti-poverty Policies and Inequalities in Rentier and Quasi-Rentiers Regimes in The Arab World, background Paper for the Arab Human Development Report 2012 (Forthcoming, AHDR 2012).
  • The Changing Hydraulics of Conflict and Cooperation in the Nile Basin: The Demise of Bilateralism, in Sharif Elmusa (ed.), Cairo Papers in Social Science special issue on:The Burden of Resources: Oil and Water in the Gulf Region and The Nile Basin, AUC Press, (June, 2011).
  • Chasing Modernities: On Mobility-development nexuses: The Challenges of Harnessing Transformative Potential”, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence (July 2010),
  • "Contested Sudan: The Political Economy of war and Reconstruction", Routledge Middle east Studies, Routledge, 200,2012 .
  • Sudan: From Prolonged Civil wars to Fragile Peace, background paper for the Arab Human Development 2009 (UNDP, AHDR), 2009.
  • “Differentiation in the Educational Systems, Diasporas and Reproduction of Educated Elites,” in Social Science in the Arab World, Turkey and Iran: Determinants, State and Potentials ed. A. Ben Hafaiedh and M. El Jaziri, 2004.
  • September and the Widening North-South Gap: Root Causes of Terrorism in the Global Order,” Arab Studies Quarterly, 2003.
  • “The Second Boat of African New Diaspora: Looking at the Other Side of the Global Divide with Emphasis on Sudan,” African Issues, 2002.

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