Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Interested Scholars

The following scholars are interested in this topic:

PhD Candidate Hungary Academic Discipline: Anthropology, Sociology Interests Keywords: intersectionality, irregular migration, refugee protection and integration, South-South migration About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities I am interested in the following geographical area(s): Europe, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Components of the GCRF I am interested in: refugee protection and integration

Lecturer United Kingdom Academic Discipline: Psychology, Sociology Interests Keywords: Gender, Health, Middle East, Reproductive Health, Women’s Agency About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Reduced Inequalities I am interested in the following geographical area(s): Europe, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Gulf States, Northern Africa Components of the GCRF I am [...]

I hold a PhD in public international law and political science from the school of law of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The theme of the thesis is human security within the framework of collective security and the use of force. I am currently a post- doc researcher in international law at the University of Macedonia and member of the International Laboratory for International Studies in the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean, which is located at the school of Economics and Political Science of Aristotle University. Apart from public international law I have studied at the postgraduate level, public law, focusing on migrants’ rights and political philosophy and I have conducted my Mphil at international terrorism. I have presented papers in international conferences and I have publications in international journals. I am a lawyer, focusing on human and refugee rights. I am also a columnist and politically active in Greece. I am currently working on issues related to Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Leah Windsor is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute for Intelligent Systems at The University of Memphis. She received her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1998, her Master’s degree in Political Science at The University of Memphis in 2005, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in 2012. Dr. Windsor currently serves as PI for a Minerva Initiative grant administered by the U.S. Department of Defense that examines political communication in authoritarian regimes and opaque political groups. Her work uses computational linguistics and discourse analysis to answer questions about regime survival, political crisis and conflict, propaganda and persuasion, bluffs and threats, governance, and radicalization. Her interdisciplinary approach to understanding political language is situated at the intersection of political science, psychology, cognitive science, computer science, neurobiology, methodology, and linguistics. Dr. Windsor was selected as Smart City Fellow with the City of Memphis and the FedEx Institute of Technology where she analyzes issues in local Memphis politics. She is also interested in issues of bias and ethnocentrism in studying political language, including corpus selection, translation, and document preparation. In February 2017, Dr. Windsor’s lab was selected for a Team Initiation Grant by the University of Memphis’ Division of Research and Sponsored Programs to study how multimodal forms of communication including language, nonverbal cues, and audiovisual elements, can inform our understanding of methods of persuasion, elements of cognition, keys to decoding deception, and locus of attention. Dr. Windsor is also co-authoring a book on family formation in academia that presents research from an international survey about academic parents. Most recently she was invited to present her work to the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Defense. Her work has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, International Interactions, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.

My research was inspired by the wide concern about the security implications of climate change. I especially pay attention to the mechanism under which climate variability might exacerbate different types of intrastate conflicts, including non-violent and violent conflicts. In addition, I am also interested in how information-driven coordinating collective phenomena unfold with security threats in place. Specifically, I will focus on the signal processing between political elites and mass public to identify the relationship between information signal processing and the diffusion of conflicts in space and time. Individuals do not form opinions, beliefs, and actions in an isolated environment but are exposed to social influence through social networks and physical, ideological, cultural, or emotional proximity to others.

Sophia’s main research interest is the learning, teaching, and use of vocabulary in a second language. She is also interested in first- and second-language literacy skills in countries where English is a foreign or second language. She has recently conducted collaborative research on reading comprehension in an indigenous language (Igbo) and in English in Nigeria. While working as a postdoctoral researcher, she examined the role of vocabulary in English as a foreign language oral fluency and writing quality in Taiwan. Sophia’s current research examines a) foreign/second language English academic vocabulary learning and teaching, b) the comprehension of figurative language during first-language reading, and c) how people come to perceive a text as coherent or not.

I study the emergence of social movements and campaigns that seek to address socio-political inequalities. I have recently completed my PhD in Government [Political Science] at the University of Essex. My dissertation research focuses on nonviolent resistance, when violent and non-violent conflicts are more likely, as well as state responses to protest events. I utilise both, cross-national samples as well as case studies data in my research. I am currently working as a Research Assistant for the Catalyst Project, University of Essex, Department of Government.

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