Position 
Research Intern
Nationality 
Belgium
At UNU-CRIS 
01/10/2020
Biographical Statement 

Mona Fias did her bachelor’s degree in Geography at Ghent University and is currently following the Master’s programme Sustainable Development at KULeuven. As a specialisation, she follows the ‘Space and Society’ track. At the moment, she is working at her Master thesis focusing on ‘Accessibility of nature and green spaces for refugees and asylum seekers in Belgian reception centres’. 

Apart from her studies, she has worked as a student for the GaWC datacollection project (Globalisation and World Cities) for Ghent University and as a GIS operator for the Flemish Government. Apart from that, she works as a volunteer for Pulse Transition Network in Brussels and for VZW Mariam tutoring underprivileged children, mainly children with a migration background.

When doing her three months’ internship at UNU-CRIS, she will help UNU-CRIS staff with mapping issues, mainly social spatial mapping for the IDPs project (Internally Displaced Persons) under the supervision of Ine Lietaert.