Estella Carpi (PhD) is a social anthropologist primarily concerned with the way in which societies respond to conflict-induced displacement and humanitarian assistance provision in the Arab Levant and Turkey. Her work also revolves around welfare, identity politics in crisis-stricken settings, and analytical approaches to sport and play activities in NGO programming.
Estella is presently 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. In 2016, she was awarded the “Mobility, Displacement, and Forced Migration in the Middle East” research grant from the Centre for International and Regional Studies (Georgetown University-Qatar), to undertake a study on the border politics of livelihoods in southern Turkey and northern Lebanon.
Estella has lectured extensively in Arabic and Islamic Studies (Università degli Studi di Milano and the University of New South Wales), in the Sociology of Human Rights, Social Protest, and Social Inequality (University of Sydney), and in Humanitarian Studies (University of Turin, Lebanese University in Beirut and Istanbul 29 Mayis Üniversitesi).
After studying Arabic in Milan and Damascus (2002-2008), she worked in several academic and research institutions in the Middle Eastern region, such as the New York University of Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Trends Research and Advisory (UAE), UN-Habitat Lebanon, the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon Support, UNDP-Egypt (Cairo), and the International Development Research Centre (Cairo).
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