Estella Carpi

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact



Room G16,

26 Bedford Way

WC1H 0AP, London


Estella is presently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography, University College London (UCL), where she works in the framework of a European Research Council project on Southern-Led Responses to Displacement from Syria, with a focus on Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney (Australia), with a study on the social response to humanitarian assistance provision in contemporary Lebanon. After studying Arabic in Milan and Damascus (2002-2008), she worked for several research and academic institutions in the Middle East, such as the New York University (Abu Dhabi), Lebanon Support (Beirut), Trends Research & Advisory (Abu Dhabi), UN-Habitat (Beirut), the American University of Beirut, the United Nations Development Program-Egypt (Cairo), and the International Development Research Center (Cairo), mostly focusing on forced migrations, crisis management, and identity politics. She has lectured extensively in the Social Sciences in Italy and Australia. She loves conducting research on the places that have been part of her life.

Awards & Affiliations


2019 British Academy Early Career Travel Grant

2016 Georgetown University-Qatar (CIRS) Grant on "Mobility, Displacement, and Forced Migration in the Middle East"