Research and projects

My dissertation, entitled “Transnational Politics Beyond the Arab Uprisings. Egyptian Activism in Vienna and Paris”, supervised by Catherine Wihtol de Wenden and Stephan Procházka, focused on Egyptian migrant activism in Paris and Vienna during and after the Arab Uprisings and received the Award of Excellence 2016 from the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research & Economy. My recent Marie Curie project SYRMAGINE (2017-2019) analysed the ways in which Syrian refugees undertake and experience (im)mobility and why. It focussed on migration decision-making processes of Syrian urban refugees settling in two of Syria’s neighbouring countries (Turkey and Lebanon) and examined how their imaginations of Europe affect their attitudes to seek asylum in European countries. A paper reflecting on the fieldwork process of SYRMAGINE and ethical considerations won the IMISCOE Best Paper Award 2019. As part of the Horizon2020 project MAGYC and its work package ‘Comparing Crisis’, I currently study  (forced) migration governance and dynamics of South–South migration flows in North Africa, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa and the construction of crisis discourse. I also have a new project entitled TIES starting in September 2020 which aims at bringing migration research to European schools.

My research has been supported by a PhD Completion Fellowship from the University of Vienna (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship from OxPo (Sciences Po, 2016-2017), a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship (2017-2019), a National Geographic Explorer grant (2020-2022) and by conference grants from the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (2019), Nuffield College and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford (2017).