Academy Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Rana Khalaf
Contact information
+44 (0)20 7957 5737

Summary

Rana Khalaf is the author of several key publications on Syria that seek to bridge the gap between academia and the world of civil society, activism and policy-making. Her research interests span across conflict, governance, state building, civil-society, youth and peace building. At Chatham House her work tackles emerging trends in local politics, by looking into governance in the non-government controlled parts of Syria.

Prior to joining Chatham House, Rana has been providing research consultancy to several local and international institutions and social movements. These include the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Badael Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy and the League of Arab States.

Rana is also a non-resident fellow with the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of Saint Andrews and is actively engaged with bodies and civil society networks working on Syria and the Levant.

Expertise

  • Governance during conflict
  • Civil society
  • Youth
  • Social protection
  • Region: Syria and the Levant

Experience

2014-16

Independent Consultant / Researcher
- Syrian Female Journalist Network 
- International NGO Training & Research Centre (INTRAC) 
- Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 
- The Asfari Foundation 
- University of St Andrews, E- International Relations Journal

2014

Resident Research Fellow, Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews 

2013-14

Independent Consultant / Researcher
- United Nation Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) 
- Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 

2012-13

Co-founder/ Project Manager, The Syrian League for Citizenship

2011-12

Research and Development Manager, Al Wataniyya Microfinance Institution at the Syria Trust for Development 

2010-11

Independent Consultant / Researcher
- League of Arab States Youth Forum 
- Bureau for Development Policy – United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

2009-10

Fellow, Y-PEER PETRI-AUB, American University of Beirut

2007-08

Business Awareness Assistant/Youth Leaders Initiative Manager, The Syria Trust for Development

2005-07

Student Life Coordinator, The International School of Choueifat

 

Broadcast experience

Some

Languages

  • English and Arabic – Broadcast Standard
  • French – Intermediate – Not for broadcast
  • 'Governance without Government in Syria: Civil Society and State-Building during Conflict', Syria Studies Journal, 7 (3), 2015, pp. 37-72.
  • Beyond Arms and Beards: Local Governance of ISIS in Syria in Caliphates and Islamic Global Politics, E-International Relations, 2014, pp.70-81.
  • 'Activism in Difficult Times – Civil Society Groups in Syria (2011 -2014)', with Ramadan O. and Stollies, F., A Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Badael Foundation Report, 2014
  • 'Thematic Guidebook for the World Programme of Action for Youth', Beirut: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), 2013.