Working Palestine: COVID-19, labour and de-development in Palestine

Hosted by the Department of International Development

Online public event


Dr Rafeef Ziadah

Dr Rafeef Ziadah

Lecturer Politics and Public Policy, UCL

Dr Tiziana Leone

Dr Tiziana Leone

Associate Professor in Health and International Development, LSE


Dr Laura Mann

Dr Laura Mann

Assistant Professor, Department of International Development, LSE

This presentation explores the impact of the pandemic on workers across four key sectors of the Palestinian economy: health, education, agriculture, and construction.

As with elsewhere around the world, Palestinian workers have experienced multiple challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated mitigation measures. In the occupied Palestinian territories however, it unfolded in the context of a captive, fragmented, and de-developed economy that has endured decades of Israeli military occupation.


Rafeef Ziadah is a Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy in the Department of International Development, King’s College London. Her research focuses broadly on political economy, gender and race, with a particular focus on the Middle East and East Africa.


Tiziana Leone is an Associate Professor in Health and International Development at the London School of Economics. Tiziana’s research agenda is focused around maternal and reproductive health, including a lifecourse approach to women’s health. She is currently analysing secondary data on the linkages that menarche, menopause and mid-life age have on fertility outcomes and health in later life. She has a long term interest in the interaction between health and conflict and has been collaborating with the University of Birzeit in the occupied Palestinian territory. She has collaborated in expert roles with international organisations (eg: WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF) in tracking the progress of the MDGs and SDGs in LMICs in maternal and child health.


Laura Mann is a sociologist whose research focuses on the political economy of development, knowledge and technology. Her regional focus is East Africa (Sudan, Kenya and Rwanda) but she has also worked on collaborative research on ICTs and BPO in Asia and has conducted fieldwork in North America as part of a project on digitisation within global agriculture.

This talk is part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice 2022 series, a high-profile lecture series run by the Department of International Development at LSE and organised by Dr Laura Mann and Professor in Practice Duncan Green.

The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change. 

Twitter Hashtag for this series: #CuttingEdge2022


Automated live captions are available on the online webinar. Once you join the Zoom, you will be able to show or hide the subtitles by clicking on the “Live Transcript - CC” button, from where you can also change the font size and choose to view the full transcript. Please note that this feature uses Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology, or machine generated transcription, and is not 100% accurate.

You can also turn on live captions on YouTube by clicking the CC icon at the bottom of a YouTube video. A red line will appear under the icon when closed captions have been enabled. Again, please note these are not 100% accurate.

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this online event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.

Whilst we are hosting this listing, LSE Events does not take responsibility for the running and administration of this event. While we take responsible measures to ensure that accurate information is given here this event is ultimately the responsibility of the organisation presenting the event.