Dr Nadine Hassouneh


I joined the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow in 2020, and I am currently working on the Governing Life through Technology, Connectivity and Humanitarianism (GLiTCH) project funded by the ESRC from 2020-2022. 

This project examines how financial and digital technologies are transforming refugee governance. Debit cards have radically changed humanitarian aid and post-disaster relief, allowing both providers and recipients greater flexibility in providing for basic needs. Tech start-ups and volunteer cartographers have produced a range of apps, maps and digital information hubs for refugees seeking local information. Financial and digital technologies allow people to move, live and work in new ways and yet there is little research asking how digital technologies and debit cards change relationships between humanitarian organisations, aid workers, refugees and recipients, new private sector actors and government agencies.

Research Team: Nadine Hassouneh, Glenda GarelliLauren Martin (PI), Aila Spathopolou, Martina TazzioliHanna Ruszczyk

Prior to that, I had obtained my PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent – Brussels School of International Studies and worked with regional offices of international non-governmental organisations responding to the Syrian crisis from Jordan and Lebanon. 

Research interests

My main research interests include Displacement, Deportation, Syrian Conflict, Critical Humanitarian Studies, Conflict and Security, Peace Studies, (Stateless) Diaspora Studies, and Language & Context Specific Methodologies.

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  • PhD in International Conflict Analysis - University of Kent BSIS
  • MA in International Development - University of Kent BSIS
  • BA in Marketing - University of Jordan

Professional memberships

  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)

Student education

BA Human Geography:

  • Level 2: Citizenship and Identity: Comparative Perspectives

Research groups and institutes

  • Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship