Ms Edwige Aimee Fortier
BSc International Relations and Philosophy (Boston); MSc Development Studies (London); MSc Politics of the Middle East (London)
Edwige Fortier is a fourth year PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the Department of Development Studies. She is examining the changing nature of the public sphere, in particular the concept of “civil society” and how it is understood within the context of democratisation and neoliberal discourses in the Middle East and North Africa. Edwige conducted her field research among associations working with marginalised groups including human rights, women’s rights and organisations working in HIV/AIDS and sexual health in Egypt (2011) and Tunisia (2012-2013). She served as the Vice-President of the BRISMES Graduate section (2012-2013) and was the recipient of the Barclay’s BRISMES Scholarship and the Fund for Women Graduates (FfWG) for 2012. Edwige has been working in the field of humanitarian development for over ten years and continues to work in HIV/AIDS policy and research with organisations such as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the United Nations Joint Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. More recently she has produced policy guidance on improving partnerships with civil society organisations working with vulnerable and marginalised communities in the Middle East and North Africa and in particular, for supporting the greater involvement of people living with and affected by HIV in policy and programs in the region.
Core research interests include: The Middle East and North Africa region, HIV/AIDS, sexual minorities, civil society, the public sphere, associative Islam, neoliberalism, democratisation, human rights and the Arab Uprisings.