The Refugee Hosts team is working closely with a network of researchers based in the Middle East throughout all stages of the project. They are currently working on field research in Lebanon and Jordan.
Shatha El Nakib:
Shatha El Nakib earned her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University with a specialisation in Epidemiology and a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. Currently, she is a project officer in the Population Council, where she leads the organization’s activities in Jordan and the monitoring and evaluation component of the USAID-funded project “Expanding the Role of the Private Sector in Addressing Family Planning Needs of Young People in Egypt”. Before joining the Population Council, Shatha worked with UNICEF Middle East and North African regional office in Jordan, with the Child Survival and Development unit. Her work was in the area of public health response to emergencies.
Bayan Itani is a Lebanese writer and researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University (2009) and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the American University of Beirut (2015). Bayan has had several experiences working with refugees around Lebanon, particularly after the outbreak of the Syrian crisis. These include monitoring protection work, overseeing surveying procedures, and conducting communication activities. Bayan’s hobbies are reading and writing; she writes socially themed Arabic short stories for children to fulfil this passion.
Leonie Harsch is a local researcher for the Refugee Hosts project conducting fieldwork in Lebanon. She recently received an MSc in Migration Studies with distinction from the University of Oxford and holds a BA in International Literatures and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Tuebingen. Leonie’s research focuses on the underlying narratives of responses to displacement and migration, particularly with regards to refugees from Syria in Lebanon and Europe. She is also interested in the role of faith in such responses and experiences.