Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally


Lauren Bonilla

Email: l [dot] bonillaatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Lauren Bonilla is a Research Associate at University College London. She is a Human Geographer and Social Anthropologist. Since 2003, she has been involved in independent and collaborative research projects in Mongolia, exploring themes such as social and environmental change, the extractive industry, development policy, and historical geography. She has traveled to all of Mongolia’s 21 provinces, and her current research examines how the recent expansion of large-scale mining is giving rise to new identities, ecologies, economies, and politics. She has taught at Chinggis Khaan University in Ulaanbaatar and worked as a Program Director for a Mongolia-focused sustainable travel company.

Dr. Mette High

Email: mmh20atst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr High is a Social Anthropologist at the University of St Andrews. She has conducted research in Mongolia since 2001 and her areas of research expertise include economic migration, religious practice, and issues of illegality. Her research has focused particularly on the country’s current gold rush and she has published extensively in both Mongolian and English. She has also worked for the International Labour Organization’s programme on the elimination of child labour (IPEC) in Mongolia as well as the environmental NGO formerly known as the Ongi River Movement.

Dr. Sayana Namsaraeva

Email: sn444atcam [dot] ac [dot] uk
Dr. Namsaraeva is a Historical Anthropologist, fluent in Russian, Mongolian, and Chinese. Her research covers mostly the Buriad ethnic minority communities living in eastern and northern Mongolia, and current day trans-border migration between China, Russia and Mongolia (labor migration, cross border trade, and tourism). She focuses on issues such as the rights of ethnic minorities of Mongolian origin living in Eastern Siberia (Russia) and Inner Mongolia (China).