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Cross-border Women Migrant Workers’ Housing Rights: A Comparative Case Study of Cambodia and Thailand

University Affiliation:
Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Asian Institute
of Technology, ThailandLength of research: March
2016 – February 2017Research objectives: This
study assesses and explores migrant workers housing conditions and housing
rights in Cambodia and Thailand, and the factors that determine their housing
security. Specifically, it will (1) describe the housing access and condition
of migrant workers, (2) analyze the different housing rights of different
migrant workers, age, marital status, and (3) explore how migrants are
exercising their agencies to secure housing for themselves. Significance
of research: 
This research aims to collaborate with
social scientists, academic researchers, and non-profit organization who work
directly on shelter and/or urban programs to be able to provide initial and
nascent evidence based information through applied research.The research is
even more relevant with the SDGs expected to include housing as well as the
Habitat III coming up in 2016. Both of these processes will have policy and
practical impacts on how housing rights for migrant workers will be addressed
in years to come. Personal bios:  Dr.
Pahlaj Moolio is a professor and associate dean of PUC, Mrs. San Sophany is
currently a lecturer, and gender studies and international development
program coordinator, and Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe is a Professor, Gender and
Development Studies, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian
Institute of Technology. Habitat for Humanity’s co-researchers will involve
its program quality and evaluation specialist – Joebel Gurang and advocacy
specialist Shenard Mazengera.

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