SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

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 (2015-2018). 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

This research explores gender roles, family dynamics and (im)mobilities among self-settled Syrian refugees in Jordan, with a particular focus on the implications for humanitarian organisations implementing activities focused on gender equality and women's empowerment. Field research was carried out in Jordan during 2016-2017 and included participatory photography, life story interviews, semi-structured interviews and participant observation. This thesis was submitted for examination in September 2018.


Lokot, Michelle (2018) ‘Syrian Refugees: Thinking Beyond Gender Stereotypes’, Forced Migration Review, vol. 57, pp. 33-35. Available online:


  • '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.



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