Olga Aymerich Franch

picture of Franch Olga AymerichCommunity responses to the return and reintegration of ISIL affiliated families in Iraq 

Supervisors: Professor Stefan Wolff and Dr. Asaf Siniver

Olga Aymerich is undertaking research into the different resilient responses collectively developed by communities directly affected by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) conflict when faced by the return and reintegration of community members perceived as ISIL-affiliates, in the current post-ISIL context of Iraq.  


  • M.A. – International and Intercultural Relations (Specialization: Middle East). Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) / International and Intercultural Studies Institute (IEII), 2008
  • B.A. - Media and Communication. Open University of Catalonia (UOC) 2009

Research interests

  • DDR
  • Community Resilience
  • Middle East
  • Deradicalization
  • Violent Extremism


  • Navigating Peace and Security: Women and Social Capital in Northern Diyala. International Migration (2018 - ISSN 0020-7985) – co-authored by Parry, J.
  • House damage revisited: How type of damage and perpetrating actor affect intentions and actions of IDPs in Iraq. International Migration Journal (2018 - ISSN 0020-7985) - co-authored by Zeyneloglu, S.
  • Democracy, Political Parties, and Reform: A Review of Public Opinion in Yemen. CDDRL Working Papers, Vol. 126. Stanford University. October 2012.  - co-authored by AlBukari H. & Miller, C.:
  • TÜSIAD vs. MÜSIAD and Sufic holdings, the fracture between laicism and Islamism in the economic field? Revista de Estudios Internacionales Mediterráneos (REIM). Num 18, June – December 2009. 


Olga Aymerich is currently working as research officer at IOM Iraq. She holds a MA in International and Intercultural Relations (Middle East) and a BA in Media and Communication and is a PhD student in Political Science and International Studies.

Before working in Iraq, she gained professional experience in several international organizations such as NATO (Political Affairs and Security Policy), OSCE (External co-operation), and the EU (EU Delegation to Lebanon); as well as in think tanks such as Carnegie Middle East Center and the Yemen Polling Center (YPC), where she contributed on the design, implementation and analysis of projects related to security sector reform, political transition and civil society among others. 

She has conducted research in post-conflict contexts in Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.


Contact details:

Email: o.aymerich@gmail.com