Based in London, Elizabeth Frantz is the program officer for Asia and the Middle East for the Open Society International Migration Initiative.
She has been engaged in research and advocacy in the field of international migration for more than ten years. She recently completed a doctorate in anthropology at the London School of Economics, where she specialised in labor, migration and the political economy of development. Her PhD thesis examined labour migration from South Asia to the Arab region through a focus on Sri Lankan domestic workers in Jordan. Frantz has also carried out research on issues relating to international migration in Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Bangladesh.
Prior to joining the International Migration Initiative, Frantz worked as a consultant with the Open Society Foundations' Arab Regional Office in Jordan developing strategies to safeguard migrants' rights. She has also been employed as a human rights researcher on issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers at the London-based Immigration Advisory Service, a nonprofit legal aid organisation, and at the American University in Cairo's Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program in Egypt.