SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Jawaher Ali Reda

BA (American University of Kuwait), MA (SOAS)


Jawaher Ali Reda
Jawaher Ali Reda
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Thesis title:
Living Outside State Law: How Stateless Women in Kuwait Access Justice and Pursue Human Rights
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My professional experience over the last 6.5 years has been with the United Nations Development Programme. I have served in the Kuwait Country Office (2011-2013), New York Headquarters (2013-2015), Regional Office for Arab States in Jordan (2015-2017) and been on a short-term mission to Afghanistan (October to November 2014). I have assisted the development of a youth programme in Kuwait, and a human rights and justice project in Afghanistan, as well as provided oversight and support to UNDP country offices in the GCC. I also supported the implementation of a global philanthropic foundations strategy and due diligence of private companies.

My master's dissertation at SOAS was entitled "Maintaining categories: Hadhar and Badu of Kuwait" around the man-made factors that have intensified tensions between hadhar (urban) and badu (tribal) people since the Gulf War in Kuwait.

In September 2008, I participated in a Video Workshop in Visual Anthropology in Sardinia, Italy taught by ethnographic filmmakers David and Judith MacDougall. My interest is to explore how visual anthropology can be used as a medium to spread awareness, create cross-cultural understanding and shed insight on some of the most pressing issues affecting humanity today.

Broader research interests include human rights, justice/injustice, gender, issues of inclusion/exclusion, legal anthropology, development, the Middle East, Gulf countries, and Kuwait.