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Elke de Buhr

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Elke de Buhr

Elke Johanna de Buhr, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Payson Center for International Development. Her research focuses on the rights and protection of children, and the health and well-being of people of all ages. Dr. de Buhr has worked on projects financed by the US Department of Labor, CDC, UNDP, UNICEF, UN-OCHA, UNAIDS, the World Bank, Reprieve UK and the European Union, Fairtrade International (FLO), National Medical Foundation (NMF), World Vision International, and Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), among others. She is currently the Co-PI on a US Department of Labor grant and tasked with collecting representative survey data on child labor in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. As part of this project she will also design and carry out capacity building activities of the national statistical offices in both countries.

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Primary Classification: 
Secondary Classification: 
  • Diploma, Free University of Berlin, Political Science
  • M.S., Tulane University, International Development
  • Ph.D., Tulane University, International Development
Academic Experience: 
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tulane University Payson Center for International Development, 2006 - present
Selected Publications: 

“Re-figuring Global Narratives on Child Labour and Education: How Much Safer is the School Option?” In: Inclusive, Kolkata Centre For Contemporary Studies (KCCS). Vol. 3., December 2012. 

“Final Report: Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.” Report to the U.S. Congress, March 2011. 

“Running As Fast As They Can: Children’s Search for Work on West African Cocoa Farms and the U.S. Based Harkin-Engel Protocol that Attempts to Protect Them.” In: Freedom Center Journal (FCJ). Vol. 2, Issue 1, May 2010. 

“Global Perspectives on Maternal and Child Health: Children in Difficult Circumstances.” In: John E. Ehiri, Martin Meremikwu. “International Maternal and Child Health.” Springer: Washington, DC, November 2009. 

Country Experience: 
Ivory Coast
Congo (Kinshasa)
Burkina Faso

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