MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Abdalhadi Alijla

Abdalhadi Alijla is a social and political scientist. He is an Associate Researcher, and the Regiol Mager of Varieties of Democracy Institute (Gothenburg University) for Gulf countries. He is the Co-Leader of Global Migration and Human Rights at Global Young Academy. He is a non-resident researcher at the Center for Arab Unity Studies in Beirut, Lebanon since April 2019. Since April 2018, he is an associate fellow at the Post-Conflict Research Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovi. He served as a member of the elected Executive Committee of the Global Young Academy for 2018-2019. He was the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, Cada (IMESC) from 2014 until June 2018. Abdalhadi has a PhD in political studies from the State university of Milan and M.A. degree in Public Policy and Governce from Zeppelin University- Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Doctorate, State University of Milan
Current or most recent Employer

Senior Consultant

Centre for Arab Unity Studies/ Transparency Intertiol
Time in Post - 1

Organisation Type: Consultancy and research - including think-tanks (not for profit)

Regional Expertise

Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen,

Disciplinary or professional background

Anthropology, Development Studies, Development (applied), Education, Evaluation research, Government, Political science, Policy/political advocacy (including human rights), Politician/political party, Sociology


Arabic (Spoken), Arabic (Written), Arabic (Primary Writing Language), English (Spoken), English (Written), English (Primary Writing Language), French (Primary Writing Language), Other* (Spoken), Other* (Written),
Other *Swedish, German

Contact Info


Centre for Arab Unity Studies
Current Areas of Policy Interest


Poverty or deprivation reduction

Poverty or deprivation measurement

Governance (National)

Governance (Local Governance and Decentralization)

Public Policy

Education policy

Social work

Social protection

Social safety nets

Humanitarianism & emergency relief

Conflict & Security

Work relates to groups

Refugees ( 3 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Poverty/deprivation reduction


Governance (National)

Governance (Local & Decentralization)

Social protection

Humanitarianism & emergency relief

Conflict & Security


Academic publications

Academic conferences

Professional or Trade Press



Social Media

Policy Reports

Policy Briefs

Consultancy Reports