Lead Country Researcher, Turkey - RLO Project
Mustafa Hoshmand, originally from Afghanistan, is based in Istanbul-Turkey. Mustafa holds a Master's degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Yildiz Technical University in Turkey. His research interest lies in Development Economics, Growth, and Institutional Economics. Mustafa's Master's dissertation is entitled, Is Poppy Still the Cause of Conflict In Afghanistan? An Empirical Analysis of Provincial Data, where he empirically analyzes the causality link between conflict and opium in Afghanistan.
His experience with refugees began in 2016 when he started to volunteer with a local NGO, working on the wellbeing and empowerment of refugees in Istanbul. He also served as a project manager within that same NGO and provided volunteer interpretation services to many other NGOs in Turkey.