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Ayesha Qaisrani

Research Officer

Education: Ayesha holds an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, a MS in Economics from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, and a BS in Economics from COMSATS University, Abbottabad. 

Relevant experience and expertise:
Prior to joining ICMPD, Ayesha worked in policy research, programme management, and policy outreach experience. From 2014 to 2020, she worked with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad where her research areas included migration, gender, and livelihoods. Among other research projects, she managed a five year multi-country research programme on migration and climate change across Asia and Africa, and also served as the Gender Focal Person for the project Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies (PRISE). She has also worked as a Research Consultant for Oxford Department of International Development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan, and the Ministry of Human Rights Pakistan. Her most recent consultancy was with the European Commission-funded project MIGNEX, for which she carried out a national review for migration and development nexus in Pakistan. 

Research interests: Migration and development, diaspora engagement, labour migration, gender, climate change and migration, and gender as a cross-cutting theme.

Selected Publications:

"From the feminisation of agriculture to gender equality" (Book chapter in: Advancing Gender Equality through Agricultural and Environmental Research: Past, Present, and Future)

Qaisrani, Ayesha and Jokic, Jelena. (2021). Awareness raising and information campaigns on the risks of irregular migration in Pakistan: Diaspora Mapping Report. ICMPD: Vienna.

Qaisrani, Ayesha, Samad, Yunas Ahmed, and Rashid, Samar. (forthcoming). MIGNEX Policy Review: Pakistan. Oslo: Peace Research Institute, Oslo. (Policy paper)

Qaisrani, Ayesha. (2020). Reaching out, inviting in: Pakistan’s approach to diaspora engagement. Migration and Development (Taylor and Francis) (Journal article)

Durrani, Ahmad Shah and Qaisrani, Ayesha. (2020). Gender migration and its impact on women’s agency and resilience in Pakistan in South Asia Migration Report. (ed. Rajan,Irudaya) (Book chapter)

Qaisrani, Ayesha. (2020). The curious case of pandemics and mobility in panic within Pakistan. Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Policy Brief)

Qaisrani, Ayesha et al. (2018). Rural livelihood vulnerability in semi-arid Pakistan: scope of migration as an adaptation strategy. Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies (PRISE). (Working Paper)

Qaisrani, Ayesha and Salik, Kashif Majeed. (2018). The road to climate resilience: migration as an adaptation strategy. Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Overseas Development Institute. (Policy Brief)

Salik, Kashif Majeed, Qaisrani, Ayesha et al. (2017). Migration futures in Asia and Africa: Economic opportunities and distributional effects – a case of Pakistan. Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies (PRISE). (Working paper)

Doss, Cheryl, Qaisrani, Ayesha et al. (forthcoming). From the feminization of agriculture to gender equality in Advancing gender equality through agricultural and environmental research: Past, present, and future. International Food Policy Research Institute. (Book chapter). 

Qaisrani, Ayesha and Batool, Samavia. (2021). Vulnerabilities of rural women to climate extremes: a case study of semi-arid districts in Pakistan in Engendering climate change: Learnings from South Asia (ed. Rao, Nitya et al.) (Book chapter)

Rao, Nitya et al. (with Qaisrani Ayesha). (2019). A qualitative comparative analysis of women’s agency and adaptive capacity in climate change hotspots in Asia and Africa. Nature Climate Change. (Journal article)

Qaisrani, Ayesha, Liaquat, Sadaf, and Khokhar, Elishma Noel. (2016). Socioeconomic factors against violence against women in Pakistan. Sustainable Development Policy Institute. (Working paper).

E-mail: Ayesha.Qaisrani(at)