SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Rafeef Ziadah

BSc. (Athens), MA (Seton Hall), PhD (York, Toronto)
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Rafeef Ziadah
Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)


SOAS Middle East Institute (SMEI)


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Centre for Gender Studies


Dr Rafeef Ziadah
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020 7898 4359
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On Sabbatical:
2020/21 (Term 2)


Rafeef Ziadah is Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East. Her research interests are broadly concerned with the political economy of war and humanitarianism, racism and the security state, with a particular focus on the Middle East. Rafeef’s research has appeared in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space and Race and Class, among other venues. She is currently examining the impact of Gulf Cooperation Council military and commercial interventions following the 2011 Arab uprisings.

Prior to joining the department as Lecturer, Rafeef was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the 'Military Mobilities and Mobilising Movements in the Middle East' project with Professor Laleh Khalili. This ESRC funded project explored the politics of infrastructures, ports and transport in the Arabian Peninsula and culminated in the production of the website Sinews of War and Trade. Rafeef holds a PhD in Politics from York University, Canada (2014). Before moving to SOAS, she worked as researcher and campaigns organiser with a number of refugee rights and anti-poverty NGOs.



Dr Ziadah's research interests include political economy, contentious politics, labour movements and the politics of humanitarianism, with a particular focus on the Middle East. She is currently examining the impact of Gulf Cooperation Council aid post 2011/2012 Arab uprisings.



Ziadah, Rafeef (2019) 'Circulating power: humanitarian logistics, militarism and the United Arab Emirates'. Antipode, (51) 5, pp 1684-1702.

Ziadah, Rafeef (2019) 'The importance of the Saudi-UAE alliance: notes on military intervention, aid and investment'. Conflict, Security & Development, (19) 3, pp 295-300.

Ziadah, Rafeef (2018) 'Transport Infrastructure and Logistics in the making of Dubai Inc'. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, (42) 2, pp 182-197.

Ziadah, Rafeef (2017) 'Constructing a logistics space: perspectives form the Gulf Cooperation Council'. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, (36) 4, pp 666-682.

Ziadah, Rafeef (2017) 'Disciplining dissent: multicultural policy and the silencing of Arab-Canadians'. Race & Class, (58) 4, pp 7-22.

Ziadah, Rafeef (2016) 'Journeys of Dispossession: Palestinian Refugees from Syria Confronting Fortress Europe'. darkmatter.

Edited Books or Journals

Bhandar, Brenna and Ziadah, Rafeef, (eds.), (2020) Revolutionary Feminisms: Conversations on Collective Action and Radical Thought. London: Verso.

Book Chapters

Ziadah, Rafeef (2016) 'Palestine Calling: notes on the BDS'. In: Ageel, Ghada, (ed.), Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences. University of Alberta, pp 91-107.

Ziadah, Rafeef (2012) 'Worker-to-worker solidarity: Palestine in the trade union movement'. In: Wiles, R, (ed.), Generation Palestine: Voices from the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. London: Pluto Press, pp 179-192.

Ziadah, Rafeef (2012) 'Art for Palestine: "Renarrating" history and present'. In: Shragge, E and Choudry, Aziz and Hanley, J, (eds.), Organize!: Building from the local for global justice. PM Press, pp 111-122.

Ziadah, Rafeef and Hanieh, Adam (2010) 'Collective approaches to activist knowledge: Experiences of the new anti-apartheid movement in Toronto'. In: Kapoor, Dip and Choudry, Aziz, (eds.), Learning from the Ground Up: Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production. Palgrave Macmillan, pp 85-99.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Ziadah, Rafeef and Al'Sanah, Riya (2020) Palestinian Workers Are Bearing the Brunt of the Pandemic.


Bhandar, Brenna and Ziadah, Rafeef (2016) 'Acts and omissions: Framing settler colonialism in Palestine Studies'.


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