Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna

Helmut Krieger

Helmut Krieger

is a social scientist, post-doc researcher and lecturer at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. His research focuses on the Israel-Palestine antagonism, social movements in the Arab World, development policies in war zones, critical state theories, and postcolonial approaches. Recent publications include: as an editor Food Sovereignty and Alternative Development in Palestine (2018), as co-editor Krise, Revolte und Krieg in der arabischen Welt (Crisis, revolt, and war in the Arab world) (2017) as well as the essays Nurturing Alternative Development: Agricultural Cooperatives in Palestine (2018), Nicht zu verwischende Spuren: Zur Dialektik von Revolution und Konterrevolution in der arabischen Welt (Tracks that can’t be covered. On the dialectic of revolution and counterrevolution in the Arab world) (2017) and Syrien – Aufstand, Krieg und Flucht (Syria – uprising, war, and flight) (2016). Furthermore, he is the Austrian project coordinator of the APPEAR project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context.
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Role: Overall project coordinator, researcher

Klaudia Rottenschlager

is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and a DOC fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her dissertation is titled Re-framing Social Science research in/on Palestine: Alternative methodologies and collective identities (working title).
Klaudia Rottenschlager is a project member of the APPEAR project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context. Click here to visit her profile at the University of Vienna.

Role: Research assistant

Petra Dannecker

is Professor of Development Sociology and since 2011 Head of the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. Before coming to Vienna she was assistant professor at the Department of Sociology at Bielefeld University, Germany and Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute in Bonn responsible for coordinating research and knowledge transfer between the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and scientific communities. She is working on issues related to development sociology, development politics, globalization and migration processes, transnationalism and gender and migration focusing regionally on South and Southeast Asia. Currently she is coordinating an EU Erasmus+ Project on transdisciplinarity as a new framework for knowledge production. Her latest publications are together with Sara de Jong (eds., 2018): Connecting and confronting Transnationalism: Bridging Concepts and Moving Critique Special Issues, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 25 (5) (Introduction 493-506) and Dannecker, Petra (2018): The Sustainable Development Goals: A New Space for Action in: C. Al-Ekabi, S. Ferretti (eds.), Yearbook on Space Policy 2016, pp. 175-184. Click here to visit her profile at the University of Vienna.

Role: Research reviewer

Centre for Development Studies, Birzeit University

Linda Tabar

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University. She is currently the Director of the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University. Situated in the field of Middle East politics, International Studies and Transnational Feminist studies, her research focuses on violence, dispossession, spatial politics, social movements, feminist and decolonizing struggles. She is currently working on a book entitled Palestine, Memory, Decolonization: Native Encounters and Imaginaries of Liberation. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including: Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Third World Quarterly, Upping the Anti, Journal of Palestine Studies, Critical Arts: Journal of South -North Media and Cultural Studies and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Click here to visit her profile at Birzeit University.

Role: Project coordinator at Birzeit University

Raed Eshnaiwer

obtained his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from Universite Libre De Bruxelles (ULB)- Brussels, Belgium, in 2018. Since then he has been at Birzeit University, where he teaches a course on contemporary Arab thought, and coordinates the Palestinian Archive project. His research interests revolve around refugees in the Middle East, mainly Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Jordan. His PhD thesis was on Refugees and the State in Jordan: Repercussions of Syrian Refugees on Jordanian Institutions, Security and Foreign Policy, and he published a paper on Palestinian Refugees From Syria in Jordan: The State of Exclusivism. Before obtaining his PhD, Dr. Eshnaiwer worked as a coordinator for the Forced Migration and Refugee Unit at Birzeit University, where he participated in the development and creation of an academic concentration on Refugee and Forced Migration studies as part of the MA program in International Studies. Dr. Eshnaiwer attended many intensive courses and summer schools on refugees and migration issues. Click here to visit his profile at Birzeit University

Role: Researcher

Ayman Rezeqallah

is a researcher and survey unit coordinator at the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University. He has spent nearly 20 years in community research and development, programmes focused on research methodology, marginalised groups and community development in Palestine and the Diaspora. He received his Master’s Degree in Gender and Development at Birzeit University in 2006, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Social Sciences at the Lebanese University of Beirut, as of 2019. Click here to visit his profile at Birzeit University

Role: Researcher

Lena Meari

is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the director of the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Palestine. She has special interest in the geopolitics of knowledge production; subject formation in colonial contexts; decolonizing methodologies; critical feminist theory; and revolutionary movements. Her publications include Sumud: A Palestinian Philosophy of Confrontation in Colonial Prisons, Re-signifying `Sexual` Colonial Power Techniques: The Experiences of Palestinian Women Political Prisoners, and the co-edited book Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World. Click here to visit her profile at Birzeit University.

Role: Researcher

Mousawat Organization, Beirut

Kassem Chehab Sabbah

holds a BA in Arabic literature and religious studies and a Master in Health Management (MHA). He is a Palestinian born in Lebanon in 1964, an activist for the rights of Palestinian refugees and the rights of people with disabilities. Kassem Sabbah is a scholar in Islamic studies, a writer and poet. He has published several books and articles about religious reform and the role of religious men in politics and social development besides patriotic and sufi poems. He has long experiences in humanitarian work and worked for several international and local NGOs. He is a consultant and trainer in organizational and institutional development as well. Kassem Sabbah is the founder of the Palestinian Disability Forum, the Palestinian Union for People with Disabilities as well as Mousawat.

Role: Project coordinator at Mousawat, Research reviewer

Rawya Moussa

is an MA student in the field of Sociology at the Lebanese University in Beirut. Rawya started working at Mousawat in 2013. She has longstanding experience in field research, planning, and data collection and analysis. Rawya led a group of social workers and sociologists through a three-year training program within the framework of the APPEAR project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context. Currently she is leading the research unit at Mousawat.

Role: Coordinator between NGOs, academic staff of the project and researchers in Lebanon, Researcher

Center for Peace Research and Peace Education, Alps-Adriatic University Klagenfurt

Viktorija Ratković

Viktorija Ratković is Senior Scientist at the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education at the Department of Educational Science, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria. Her research interests include conviviality and post-migrant societies, (post-)migrant media, peace and conflict studies, and cultural and gender studies. Among her recent publications is Postmigrantische Medien. Die Magazine ‚biber‘ und ‚migrazine‘ zwischen Anpassung, Kritik und Transformation. Click here to visit her university profile.

Role: Project coordinator at Alps-Adriatic University

viktorija ratkovic

Syrian Center for Policy Research

Rabie Nasser

Rabie Nasser

is an economist, researcher and co-founder of the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). His areas of expertise and research include macroeconomic policies, inclusive growth, poverty, and conflict socioeconomic impact assessment. He holds a MSc in Economics from Leicester University, UK. Before joining the SCPR, Nasser worked for the State Planning Commission as chief economist and director general of the Macroeconomic Management Directorate between 2004-2005. He later worked as an economic researcher for the Arab Planning Institute in Kuwait. Since 2008, he leads several United Nations research projects.

Role: Project coordinator at SCPR

Ramia Ismail

is an economist and researcher at the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). Her areas of research include economic policies and development issues in Syria. Ismail worked for the Ministry of Finance in Syria as a coordinator of the Value-added Tax Project between 2004-2005. From 2009-2011 she worked as a macroeconomic expert for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). Ismail is involved in several UN and international organization projects, including UNICEF. She holds a MSc in Economics of the Middle East from Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany, a MSc in Economic Policy for Developing and Transitional Economies from University of Bradford, UK, and a Diploma in Population and Development from Damascus University.

Role: Researcher

Ramia Ismail
Nabil Marzouk

Nabil Marzouk

is an economist and senior researcher at the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). His areas of research include macroeconomic policies and socioeconomic development in Syria. Marzouk worked for the State Planning Commission as a consultant and lecturer at the Planning Institute of Damascus for the macroeconomics sector. He also worked for the General Company for Technical Studies and as a consultant and expert for ESCWA, UNDP, UNIDO, and ILO. He holds a doctorate in Analysis and Economics Policies from The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris.

Role: Researcher

Omar Dahi

is an associate professor of Economics at Hampshire College and a visiting fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dahi specializes in the areas of economic development and international trade, with a special focus on South-South economic cooperation and the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa. Among his publications is a co-authored book with Firat Demir entitled South-South Trade and Finance in the Twenty-First Century (2016). His articles have appeared in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Development Economics, Applied Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Political Geography, Middle East Report, Forced Migration Review, and Critical Studies on Security. Dahi is a co-founder of the Beirut School for Critical Security Studies. He is also an editor at the e-zine Jadaliyya and a researcher at the Arab Studies Institute. Previously he was one of the lead experts of the National Agenda for the Future of Syria Programme developed by ESCWA. Click here to visit his profile at Hampshire College.

Role: Researcher

Omar Dahi