Sarah Pugh

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Degree Title: 
PhD in Political Science and International Development Studies
Graduation Date: 
2014

It’s been a couple of years now since I defended my PhD in Political Science and International Development at Guelph, but I’ve been living in Cape Town, South Africa, since 2012.  That year, I came to South Africa from Guelph for what I thought was a brief second round of PhD field work looking at the role of civil society in migration-for-development debates in South Africa, but I never left!  From mid-2014 to mid-2016, I held a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Political Science at Stellenbosch University, where I taught a graduate course in Global Governance, and pursued a research agenda looking at the role of NGOs as mediators of migrants’ health rights. I’m now working as an independent research consultant in the international development sector (at the moment, for example, I've been contracted by a public policy research organization in Kabul, Afghanistan).  I also maintain a close association with the Cape Town-based migration NGO I worked with during my PhD research, where I sometimes assist with policy submissions, research, and occasional staff trainings.  While South Africa faces a host of social, economic and political challenges, I am constantly impressed and inspired by the energy, dedication and creativity of countless South Africans working in their own communities, often in the most difficult of circumstances, to effect change across a wide range of development issues. Looking back, I think very fondly of my time in Guelph – both the programme and the people helped make those years a very special period of my life.