Khatoon, Irfana

Research Intern
16/06/2022 to 15/09/2022
Biographical Statement 

Irfana Khatoon was a research intern at UNU-CRIS. Irfana was in her first year of her master's degree in Economic Policy in Global Markets from Vienna's Central European University. In this programme, she learned to integrate the theoretical understanding of economics into policymaking. In addition, she holds a graduate degree in Geopolitics and International Affairs from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, on the Asian University for Women (AUW) Sussex and Sussex Alumni Scholarship. Her earlier experiences included an internship at the CEU recruitment office and Mayer Brown Hong Kong office. 

Her research interests revolve around civil & political conflicts, involvement of the state in bilateral agreements, and the geopolitics of regional agreements. Her undergraduate research was focused on studying the impact of Pakistan-Bangladesh political history on Bangladeshis' consumer behaviour. During her graduate degree at the University of Sussex, her thesis was about geopolitics in Sunni Shia sectarian conflict in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. 

At UNU-CRIS, Irfana was supervised by Glenn Rayp and Samuel Standaert in the Regional Integration and Knowledge Systems (RIKS) cluster during three months.