MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Abdalhadi Alijla

Abdalhadi Alijla is a Palestinian-Swedish social and political scientist and science advocate. He was a Post-doctoral fellow at the Orient Institute in Beirut (OIB). He is the Co-Leader of Global Migration and Human Rights at Global Young Academy. He is a co-founder of Palestine Young Academy in 2020. He is an Associate Researcher and the Regional Manager of Varieties of Democracy Institute (Gothenburg University) for Gulf countries. Since April 2018, He is an associate fellow at the Post-Conflict Research Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Abdalhadi has a PhD in political studies from the State University of Milan and an M.A. degree in Public Policy and Governance from Zeppelin University- Friedrichshafen, Germany. He has been granted several awards and scholarships, including DAAD (2009), RLC Junior Scientist (2010), UNIMI (2012), ICCROM (2010), Saud AL-Babtin(2002) among others.

In 2016, he was a fellow of the Royal Society of Art and Science, UK. He worked for many NGOs and INGOs in the Mid

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


Orient Institute - Beirut
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