Dr Ali Ali

Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration

Ali is currently working on The Politics of the Syrian Refugee Crisis project at the Refugee Studies Centre, which compares policy towards Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. He has undertaken fieldwork to gather data on policy in Lebanon and Jordan in the form of interviews with officials at the national and local level, and with members of local and international organisations working with displaced Syrians.

His previous research at the London School of Economics examined the socio-economic implications of the war in Syria during which time he conducted fieldwork in Turkey in regions bordering Syria in 2013 and 2014. The research examined activists' use of technology to challenge the state, security in opposition areas, and the political economy of war. His doctoral work at the University of East London addressed the relationship between displacement and state-transformation in occupied Iraq and the coercive transformations of space that took place in Baghdad with implications for displacement. His research was based on interviews with Iraqis living in Syria during 2010 and 2011.

Please note Dr Ali is not available to supervise doctoral students.

In the media
The politics of the Syrian refugee crisis

Ali teaches on the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Ali, Ali (2015) 'The Security Gap in Syria: Individual and Collective Security in ‘Rebel-held’ Territories', Stability: International Journal of Security & Development 4 (1) 1-20
Ali, Ali (2011) 'Displacement and statecraft in Iraq: Recent trends, older roots', International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies 5 (2) 231-45

Other publications

Ali, Ali (with Rim Turkmani, Mary Kaldor, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic) (2015) 'Countering the logic of the war economy in Syria; evidence from three local areas', Security in Transition research paper London School of Economics, Department of International Development
27 November, 2017
New RSC report explores local politics and Syrian refugee crisis
19 Sep, 2018
'Refugees expert: ‘More displacement’ to come as returning Syrians face myriad obstacles back home'. Syria Direct interviews Ali Ali
19 May, 2015
'Challenging the Syrian state: using information systems to document human-rights violations'. Ali Ali writes for Open Democracy
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