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Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra

Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra is an Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies and a member of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Abu-Zahra co-facilitates the University of Ottawa's Distance-Learning Certificate Program in Community Mobilisation in Crisis, to be offered in Lebanon to students adversely affected by the conflict in Syria. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Dr. Abu-Zahra was a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Abu-Zahra has served as a consultant to the Sete of Cada, and as an expert advisor to the Cadian Immigration and Refugee Board. She serves on the Reconciliation Committee of the Cadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and was an elected Director on the Federation’s Board from 2011 to 2015. She obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford, and her MA and BA from the University of Toronto.

Doctorate, University of Oxford
Current or most recent Employer

Associate Professor

University of Ottawa
Time in Post - 4

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, State of Palestine,

Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Development (applied), Education, Policy/political advocacy (including human rights)

Contact Info

16135625800ext. 6787

120 University Private (8020) Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Public Policy ( 5 years )

Education policy ( 17 years )

Gender equality

Humanitarianism & emergency relief ( 5 years )

Conflict & Security ( 17 years )

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 17 years )

Women ( 20 years )

Refugees ( 20 years )

displaced ( 20 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


Education policy

Gender equality

Humanitarianism & emergency relief


Academic publications

Academic conferences

Professional or Trade Press



Social Media

Policy Reports

Policy Briefs

Consultancy Reports


Open Educatiol Resources