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Dr Estella Carpi
Room G16
26, Bedford Way
Department of Geography
  • Rsearch Associate
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

I received my PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney in Australia, with a research project on the social response to humanitarian assistance in postwar Beirut's southern suburbs and in the Akkar villages (Lebanon) after the 2011-2014 Syrian refugee influx.

In the past, I also worked as a researcher for UN Habitat (Beirut) and the American University of Beirut; Lebanon Support (Beirut); the New York University of Abu Dhabi (NYUAD); Trends Research and Advisory (Abu Dhabi); UNDP (Cairo); the International Development Centre (Cairo).
After studying Arabic in Milan and Damascus (2002-2007), I wrote my MPhil thesis in Linguistic Anthropology, focusing on the Everyday Speech in Contemporary Lebanon (2008). 

Research Themes
Research Summary

I am primarily interested in humanitarianism, the politics of aid provision, the way societies respond to crises and crisis management, social development, identity politics, and the catastrophisation discourse, with a specific focus on the Arab Levant and Turkey. 

In the past, I have conducted extensive research on humanitarian assistance, displacement, forced migration, and chronic vulnerabilities (Lebanon and Syria); social protection nets, poverty, and welfare (Egypt); family law and women's parity (Morocco); social services and political order (UAE); and education in emergencies and displacement (Jordan).

Teaching Summary

I have lectured extensively in Australia, Italy, and Lebanon.

I have been a teaching assistant and casual lecturer in the following undergraduate and postgraduate units of study:
Introduction to Sociology; Human Rights and Social Protest; Social Inequality; the Middle East and the International Law; Arabic and Islamic studies.
In particular, I have teaching experience in:
- Humanitarianism, transnational governance, and NGOs
- Transitional justice and reconciliation in conflict-ridden contexts
- Gender, political, and economic inequalities
- Religion and society
- International relations in the Middle East and North Africa region (war chronologies; water and territorial disputes; the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; the Iran's nuclear issue)
- Nationalism and identity in the Arab world
- Comic strips and humour in the Arab world

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