Dr Oroub El-Abed

Key information

Associate Member
BA (Jordan); High Diploma in French Civilisation (Lyon II); MSc (London) Diploma in Forced Migration (Oxon); PhD (London)
Thesis title
Palestinian refugees living in informal areas of the Jordanian capital, Amman: Negotiating economic opportunities


Oroub has a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the British Academy- CBRL/Amman. She worked for twelve years before starting her PhD and had empirical exposure to the field while working with UN/World Food Programme in Iraq, NGOs in Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, added to policy exposure through working with the World Bank- Iraq mission, Fafo studying the globalised labour opportunities and their effect on Palestinians living in camps in Jordan, ICMC/Austcare and UNHCR studying Iraqi refugees in Jordan. The academic exposure started with Professor B. Harrell-Bond in Egypt at the American University of Cairo/ The Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Center where she taught Palestinian refugee issues and continued teaching at SOAS and lecturing at several academic venues and conferences.

Research interests

My academic interest is : the political economy of development, especially in the Middle East, the livelihoods of refugees and the challenges in surviving in host countries ( socioeconomic/political and legal interest). Study cases of my interest are Palestinian refugees, the refugees in the Middle East and vulnerable communities.

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