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The Australian National University

Mr Paul Hayes

Position: PhD Candidate in Anthropology

School or Centre:

School of Archaeology & Anthropology


Location: Location: LG 31 Graduate Centre A. D. Hope Building


B. Asian Studies (Arabic) with first class honours (ANU)

Research topic

Migration in northern Sudan


I graduated from The Australian National University in 2010 with first class honours in Arabic. My final honours sub-thesis dealt with the impact of mass labour immigration on national identity and parliamentary politics in Kuwait. I then spent several years as a senior analyst for the Australian Government, investigating global displacement trends and irregular migration.


I have a working proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic, and have completed formal language studies in Jordan (2007), Syria (2009), Lebanon (2013), and Egypt (2015). In 2009, I was the first Australian to complete the intensive 12-month Arabic research program at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) in Damascus, Syria. In the last decade, I have travelled extensively in the Arabic-speaking and Islamic worlds, including to Sudan, Somaliland, Yemen, Iran, and former Soviet Central Asia.


Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Migration within (and between) the Sudans
  • Migration processes in conflict situations
  • Decision-making and social networks in wartime migration
  • Intermediaries and infrastructures in wartime migration
  • Colonial state formation and the bureaucratisation of mobility
  • Materiality

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