MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Estella Carpi

Dr Estella Carpi is a Research Associate in the Migration Research Unit (Department of Geography) at University College London, where she works on Southern-led responses to displacement from Syria in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. Previously, she was Humanitarian Affairs Advisor at Save the Children UK and Research Associate in the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (UCL), working on the urban-humanitarian nexus and refugee livelihoods in border areas. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in Australia with a project on humanitarianism in Lebanon. After studying Arabic in Milan and Damascus (2002–2008), she worked in several academic and research institutions, such as the New York University of Abu Dhabi, Trends Research and Advisory (UAE), Lebanon Support, UN-Habitat Lebanon, the American University of Beirut, UNDP-Egypt (Cairo), and the International Development Research Centre (Cairo). She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.

Doctorate, The University of Sydney
Current or most recent Employer

Research Associate

University College London
Time in Post - 4

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates,

Disciplinary or professional background

Anthropology, Development Studies, Political science, Religious/clerical, Sociology, Humanitarian Assistance, Child Protection


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

Contact Info


Room G16, 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP, Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography, University College London
Social Media (Twitter)

Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Inequality ( 1 years )

Governance (Local Governance and Decentralization) ( 1 years )

Social protection

Social safety nets ( 2 years )

Humanitarianism & emergency relief ( 10 years )

Conflict & Security ( 2 years )

Work relates to groups

Children ( 2 years )

Youth ( 2 years )

Women ( 1 years )

Refugees ( 15 years )

displaced ( 10 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


Governance (Local & Decentralization)

Gender equality

Social care

Social protection

Social safety nets

Social security systems

Humanitarianism & emergency relief

Conflict & Security


Academic publications

Academic conferences


Social Media

Policy Reports
"Enhanced Local Coordition for Effective Aid Provision: The Case of Lebanon".

Policy Briefs

Consultancy Reports
"Responding to the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon":

"Syrians in Akkar: Refugees or Neighbours?"