Dalia  Gebrial

Dalia Gebrial

PhD candidate in Human Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Digital labour, Platform studies, Racial capitalism, Gender and labour

About me

Dalia is an ESRC funded PhD candidate, working on race and gender in the platform economy. She plans on conducting her field work in London, where she will be looking at the impact of platformisation on workers in transport, domestic work and sex work. Specifically, she will analyse how platformisation as a process intersects with racialised and gendered histories of labours in these sectors. 

She completed her MSc in LSE Geography, after having studied English Literature at Warwick and Oxford Universities. During her studies, she has worked on a range of topics, from Lebanese diaspora fiction, to the construction of particular kinds of cultural infrastructure in the Gulf. Between degrees, she has worked as a journalist and at the grassroots NGO, People & Planet. She currently sits on the board of Historical Materialism journal, and publishes work in several outlets such as The Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph. She also makes occasional appearances as a commentator on a range of outlets, including Sky News, BBC and LBC. 

Alongside her academic work, Dalia is involved in campaigning work around issues such as immigrant rights, workers' rights and climate justice. She has also recently contributed to and co-edited a volume on Decolonising the University with Gurminder Bhambra and Kerem Nisancioglu. 

Conference Papers/Publications

  • Gebrial, D.; Kumar, A Sarkar, A.; Cooper, A.; Iyer, S. (2018) eds. Special Issue “The Politics of Identity” Historical Materialism
  • Gebrial, D.; Bhambra, G.K.; Nisancioglu, K. (2018) eds. ‘Decolonising Higher education in the UK” Pluto Press
  • Conference Paper: (Dis)Embodying Indefinite Detention in Nawal el Saadawi's Memoirs from the Women's Prison and Mohamedou Ould Slahi's Guantánamo Diary ('Matters of Resistance' Conference, University of Warwick, 2017)
  • Conference Paper: Localising the Booker, Cultivating Cultural Cores: The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Postcolonial Studies Association Annual Conference, 2017)
  • Conference Paper: "Built in the Image of a Murder: Recentering the nation in postwar Anglophone Lebanese fiction" ('World Literatures' conference, University of Oxford, 2016)
  • Conference Paper: "I am what I do - garbage:" Representing the postcolonial city's waste in Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Indra Sinha's Animal's People ('Progress' Conference, University of Oxford, 2016)

Academic Supervisors

Dr Austin Zeiderman 
Dr Romola Sanyal 

Expertise Details

Sexuality and the nation-state; Immigration; Nationhood; Feminist ethnography; Urban infrastructure; Literary geographies Politics of translation