Anne-Meike Fechter 's early work was on Euro-American corporate expatriates in South East Asia. More recently she has been researching development workers as mobile professionals. She has conducted a pilot study in Cambodia (2007) on British NGO workers, and is currently preparing a funding application to enable long-term fieldwork on this topic.
In this context, she has co-organised a workshop on â€˜Development workers: Personal lives and professional practicesâ€™, at the Department for International Development, Oxford University, in 2006. Together with Anne Coles, she has edited the volume, â€˜Gender and Family among Transnational Professionalsâ€™ (Routledge, 2007), and with Katie Walsh, recently submitted a Special Issue for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on â€˜Post/colonial Encounters: Expatriates in Comparative Perspectiveâ€™. She also set up a research network dedicated to mobile professionals at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.
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|False Binaries: Altruism and Selfishness in NGO Work|
|Maintaining Independence: The Moral Ambiguities of Personal Relations Among Ghanaian Development Workers|
|Intercultural Encounters, Colonial Continuities and Contemporary Disconnects in Rural Aid: An Ethnography of Development Practitioners in Madagascar|
|Orienting Guesthood in the Mennonite Central Committee, Indonesia|
|Everywhere and Everthrough: Rethinking Aidland|
|Anybody at Home? The Inhabitants of Aidland|
|Dealing With Danger: Risk and Security in the Everyday Lives of Aid Workers|
|The Hollowing Out of Aidland: Subcontracting and the New Development Family in Nepal|
|Epilogue: Who Is International Aid? Some Personal Observations|
Heather Hindman started her academic career as a scholar of Nepal. Early work on elite ethnic organizations in Kathmandu elided into an interest in the foreign diplomats and aid workers with whom they often socialized. In a forthcoming book, Hindman explicates the social world of expatriates in Nepal as an example of the hidden actors of globalization. In addition, she has published on the influence of U.S. foreign policy on aid priorities, the training of expatriate personnel, the essentialization of culture and the hidden labor of elite transnational women. She frequently presents on her current research on the outsourcing of specialized services and the transformation of risk onto global laborers. In addition, she is active in refugee support, the Transnationalism Project at the University of Chicago and the Graduate Consortium on Womenï¿½s Studies.