Abdalhadi Alijla

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

Varieties of Democracy Institute

Gothenburg University

Sprängkullsgatan 19



Abdalhadi Alijla is a social and political scientist.  He is an Associate Researcher, and the Regional Manager of Varieties of Democracy Institute (Gothenburg University) for Gulf countries. He is a non-resident researcher at the Center for Arab Unity Studies in Beirut, Lebanon since April 2019. Since April 2018, he is an associate fellow at the Post-Conflict Research Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served as a member of the elected Executive Committee of the Global Young Academy for 2018-2019. He was the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, Canada (IMESC) from 2014 until June 2018.  Abdalhadi has a PhD in political studies from the State university of Milan and M.A. degree in Public Policy and Governance from Zeppelin University- Friedrichshafen, Germany.  He has been granted several awards and scholarships, including DAAD (2009), RLC Junior Scientist (2010), UNIMI (2012), ICCROM (2010), Saud AL-Babtin(2002) among others.  He has taught
In 2016, he was selected as a fellow of Royal Society of Art and Science, UK.  He worked for many NGOS and INGOS in the Middle East and Europe such as Transparency International, GiZ, EU Maddad Fund for Syria Crisis, and UNV among others.  His writings appear on OpenDemocracy, Huffpost, Qantara, Your Middle East, Jaddaliya and other media outlets.  His main research interests are divided societies, democracy, social capital, Middle East studies, comparative politics and philosophy of religions.   Abdalhadi is the author of the forthcoming book “Trust in Divided Societies: Society and Governance in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine” by I.B.Tauris UK.

Awards & Affiliations


"University of Milan Doctoral Fellowship| October 2012 -November 2016.

"Young scientist's fellow for 30th Alternative Noble Prize, Right Livelihood College, 2010

"Research GRANT: Carnegie Corporation and APSA grant for social science research, 2016.

" Saud Al-Babtin undergraduate scholarship for Palestinians 2002