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Marina de Regt received her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 2003. Her PhD dissertation was based on her long-term involvement in development projects in Yemen (1991-1998). From 2007-2011 she was coordinator of the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS) at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, and since 2016 she is co-chair of the programme. Marina is also chairing LOVA, the Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology (www.lovanetwork.nl). 


Marina de Regt is specialized in gender, labour, migration and development in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, and in particular Yemen and Ethiopia. Her dissertation Pioneers or Pawns? Women Health Workers and the Politics of Development in Yemen was published by Syracuse University Press in 2007. In her post-doctoral research (2003-2006) she studied migrant domestic workers in Yemen, particularly Ethiopian and Somali women. In the academic year 2011/2012 Marina was research fellow that the International Research Center “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” at Humboldt University in Berlin. She became Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU in August 2012. She was one of the principal researchers of the research project Time to look at girls: Adolescent Girls Migration and Development, and contributed to the production of the two documentary films: Young and Invisible (2007) and 2 Girls (2016). She is the project leader of the WOTRO funded project Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan: Early Marriages in Perspective (Sept 2017- Sept 2019).


Marina de Regt mainly teaches undergraduate courses in the Bachelor programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In addition, she supervises Master and PhD students and regularly gives guestlectures about gender, migration and development issues, with a special focus on Yemen and Ethiopia.

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Amsterdam

Jan 1998Dec 2002

Master, University of Amsterdam

Sep 1984Jun 1990

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Yemen Social Sciences
Ethiopia Social Sciences
Eritrea Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
Saudi Arabia Social Sciences
Middle East Social Sciences
worker Social Sciences
migrant Social Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

Adolescent Girls' Migration in the Global South: Transitions into Adulthood

de Regt, M. C., Grabska, K. & Del Franco, N., 2019, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 289 p. (Palgrave Studies on Children and Development)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

"In Friendship One Does Not Count Such Things": Friendship and Money in War-torn Yemen.

de Regt, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Etnofoor. 31, 1, p. 99-112 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Yemen Has A Migrant Crisis Too

de Regt, M. C., 22 Mar 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteProfessional

Open Access

Finding ways to work on Yemen: A plea for engaged Anthropology

de Regt, M. C., Nov 2018, (Unpublished) MESA Paper .

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Finding ways to work on Yemen: A plea for engaged scholarship

de Regt, M. C., 2 Nov 2018, (Unpublished) No Country for Anthropologists: Contemporary Ethnographic Research in the Middle East.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Activities 2005 2019

Finding Ways to Work on Yemen: A Plea for Engaged Scholarship

Marina de Regt (Speaker)
1 Jul 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Marriage and Migration: Ethiopian Girls' Alternative Transitions into Adulthood

Marina de Regt (Speaker)
16 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Women's Participation in the Politics of the Arab Region: Challenges and Successes

Marina de Regt (Speaker)
10 Mar 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular


Marina de Regt (Participant)
20 Sep 201822 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

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Kindsoldaten in Jemen

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De oorlog in Jemen

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