SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Ms Lamya (Sharmeen) Hussain

BA Hons (York University, Canada) MA (York University, Canada)
  • Research


Lamya Hussain
Ms Lamya (Sharmeen) Hussain
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Thesis title:
Dunam after Dunam: Transitions in Farming across the Jordan Valley
Year of Study:
Year of Entry 2012
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Lamya holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee Studies from York University. She has dedicated several years to researching Palestinian refugee communities across Lebanon and the West Bank. Her areas of expertise include design and implementation of projects that merge local capacities, needs and resources. Her professional career comprises applied research, consulting and entrepreneurship in order to improve local livelihoods in displaced communities. Lamya founded a not-for-profit --Refutrees--in September 2012 and is currently developing green projects with local communities in displaced contexts. Her efforts have awarded her twice the Harold Mahabir Award for International Development.


Presenter at Centre for Refugee Studies (York, Canada) Student Conference (2009)


  • Founder and CEO at Refutrees
  • Editor at Journal for Internal Displacement (JID)
  • Member at LIDC


International Development, Donor-Aid, Humanitarian Assistance, and Agriculture.