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Dr Miriam Abu Sharkh

Principal Research Fellow 
Department of  International Development



Before joining the LSE, Miriam Abu Sharkh was at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. She maintains a Visiting Associate Professor appointment at the Stanford Center for International Development and Visiting Scholar affiliation with the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

Until November 2016, she is the Principal Research Fellow on a large grant by the European Research Council "Global Governance and Gender Disparities. Explaining Developments in Key Labor related Human Rights Indicators." This research builds on her previous work funded by the German National Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) to study the effects of international organizations on core labour standards.

This work also draws on her research as a Post-doctoral Fellow at CDDRL as well as her dissertation on child labour for which she received a "Summa cum Laude" (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany-joint dissertation committee with Stanford University). After discussing various labour standard initiatives, the dissertation analyzes when and why countries ratify the International Labour Organization's Minimum Age Convention outlawing child labour via event history models. It then examines the effect of ratification on child labour rates over three decades through a panel analyses. While her dissertation employed quantitative methods, her masters (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) used primarily qualitative methodology during her extensive fieldwork in South Africa examining the genesis, strategies, and structures of the South African women's movement.

Previously, she was employed at the United Nation's specialized agency for work, the International Labour Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland. As the People's Security Coordinator (P4), she analyzed and managed large household surveys from Argentina to Sri Lanka. She also worked on the Report on the World Social Situation for the United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York and was a consultant for the German national development agency (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ) in Germany where she focused on integrating core labour standards into German technical cooperation.

Research Interests

Her current research interests include labour related international human rights, especially child labour and (non-)discrimination, social movements and work satisfaction. She speaks German, Spanish and French as well as rudimentary Arabic.

Contact details

Email: m.h.abu-sharkh@lse.ac.uk|