Ali is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He works on the Responsible Deal project, an inter-regional collaboration of seven universities, coordinated by the LSE. The project investigates the management of Syrian refugees in frontier countries in the Middle East. Ali’s research also examines the relationship between refugees and states in the contemporary Middle East, considering the relationship between displacement and state-transformation in Iraq, and how frontier states have managed and instrumentalised Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Ali joins the IGA from the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University where he was a Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration, and a postdoctoral researcher. He conducted comparative fieldwork in Lebanon and Jordan in 2016 and 2017, investigating the national and local politics of the Syrian refugee crisis.
Before Oxford, Ali’s previous research at LSE 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. 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.