AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future
I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Refugee and Migration Studies at the Global Refugee Studies Research Group (GRS) at Aalborg University in Copenhagen.
Previously, I was an Associate Professor in Political Sciences at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut/Byblos, the associate director of the Institute of Social Justice and Conflict Resolution at LAU and visiting Professor at the Institute on the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at the University Bochum. In 2014, I earned the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to carry out a research project on the modes of Arab diasporic mobilization with special focus on the 2011 uprisings at the GIGA Hamburg.
Political studies have predominantly looked at the politics of democratization and citizenship in the Arab world through the lens of the Arab state system and its institutions. My research addresses power sharing in divided societies both from a bottom-up and an elite-driven perspective. It also addresses the transnational political practices of Arab communities in the West.
As an AGYA alumni, I am motivated to develop scholarly and policy synergies between the Arab world and international communities. I hope to create a web of linkages to empower the production of knowledge in Social Sciences in the Arab world.
I am co-developing within the AGYA a research cluster on the ideational, political and cultural transfers that migrant communities have transferred in the Euro-Mediterranean contact zone. I am particularly interested in converting the findings of this research cluster into policy-orientated outcomes with a view to (i) bridging the gap between theory and practice in migration and refugee studies in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean zone, and (ii) harnessing the potential of Arab transnational communities in public and policy spheres.