The Impact of Migration on the Family and Intergenerational Solidarity in Rural Cambodia

Investigator: Zachary Zimmer, PhD
Sponsor: Doha International Family Studies Institute (DIFI)

Location(s): Cambodia


Zachary Zimmer is currently partnering with the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) on a joint research and capacity building project in Cambodia.  The project is partially funded by a grant IPIA senior scholar and Professor of Sociology Zachary Zimmer and University of Michigan Professor John Knodel obtained from the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD) based in Doha, Qatar.

The research component of the project is investigating the extent of migration out of several rural villages in Northwest Cambodia as well as its impact on families and especially older adults left behind. The capacity building component involves the CCC’s Analyzing Development Issues (ADI) program that trains people in Cambodia in development-related research from conceptualization to implementation and policy development.  Participants in the ADI program come from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) across Cambodia. Zimmer is participating in training these participants and will be involved in the development of policy and the writing of scholarly research articles that result from the data collection.