SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Ms Michelle Lokot

BA/LLB (Monash), MIntDev (Deakin)
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Michelle Lokot
Ms Michelle Lokot
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Thesis title:
Unraveling humanitarian narratives: Syrian gender norms in contestation
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Michelle Lokot is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Gender Studies. She has worked in international humanitarian and development agencies since 2008, including longer-term fieldwork in Jordan, Nigeria and Burundi. She holds a Masters in International and Community Development from Deakin University in Australia (2011), a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University in Australia (2007), and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University in Australia (2007).

PhD Research

Michelle's research explores (im)mobility, family relationships and 'change' during displacement among self-settled Syrian refugees in Jordan, with a particular focus on the implications for humanitarian agencies implementing activities focused on gender equality and women's empowerment. Field research was carried out in Jordan and included participatory photography, life story interviews, semi-structures interviews and participant observation.



  • 'Researching the Gendered Dimensions of Forced Displacement in Jordan: Challenging Current Practice' (2017). Panelist at the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Conference, within a panel titled: Perspectives on Gender in Displacement and Resistance, July 2017, Edinburgh.
  • 'Beyond Stereotypes: Syrian Gender Norms and Humanitarian Agencies’ (2018). Panelist at University of Amsterdam Symposium: Navigating Displacement and Humanitarian Responses: Discourses and Experiences of Syrian Refugees and Aid Providers in Jordan.
  • Gendered refugee representations: challenging humanitarian narratives' (2018). Panelist at Cambridge University: Ethical Debates of Representation in Research
  • 'The space between us: challenging power hierarchies' (2018). Gender & Development Journal, DSA Women and Development Study Group, Oxfam: Bringing our feminist values to development research, policy and practice.



  • Gender studies
  • Forced displacement
  • Gender and development
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Research methods



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Lokot, Michelle (2019) 'The space between us: feminist values and humanitarian power dynamics in research with refugees'. Gender and Development, (27) 3, pp 467-484.

Lokot, Michelle (2019) 'Challenging Sensationalism: Narratives on Rape as a Weapon of War in Syria'. International Criminal Law Review, (19) 5, pp 844-871.

Lokot, Michelle (2018) '‘Blood Doesn’t Become Water’? Syrian Social Relations during Displacement'. Journal of Refugee Studies, pp 1-22. [Forthcoming]

Lokot, Michelle (2018) 'Syrian refugees: thinking beyond gender stereotypes'. Forced Migration Review, (57), pp 33-35.


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