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Saint Mary’s University/University of Oxford

International Development

Research Interests

Rural Development

Refugees and Forced Migration


Women empowerment


Food secutity

Middle Eastern Politics

Syrian War

Syrian Refugees


Saja al Zoubi is a development economist whose research focusses on livelihoods and gender with a focus on refugee’s livelihoods.
Dr. Alzoubi research has focused on broadly on issues of gender and rural development, including issues of women’s empowerment, and its role in rural development. Since the war broke out in Syria, her concern has been researching ways to improve the livelihoods and food security of affected households (IDPs and refugees), especially women-headed households and supporting young people to enter education, enhance capacity building and find work opportunities.
She works currently in Christ church, University of Oxford in the field of Gender and Forced Migration and Middle East Politics, and a researcher in Oxford Department of International Development.
As a socio –economist for more than 10 years, Dr. Al Zoubi worked in academic, national and international foundations.
Dr. Al Zoubi is the recipient of numerous awards, from international and regional Foundations.


Civil Society Scholar Award (CSSA), USA

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina

Award of research fund from Open society foundation, Jordan

L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science,

Award of the League of Arab States ‘Organization of Arab Women’ for the best book about women,

The World Academy of Science (TWAS) award for advanced training