Dr Afaf Jabiri is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London. From 2013- 2017, she held the posts of Senior Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS and Fellow at the LSE Gender Institute.
Her research focuses on gender, in the Middle East, forced migration and diaspora; gender and development. Dr Jabiri's research combines academic and impact-based research for policy reform and change. She takes an interdisciplinary approach in such studies, linking anthropology, international politics and law in her scholarship. She is the author of the book 'Gendered Politics and Law in Jordan: Guardianship over Women'.
Dr Jabiri has multiple publications in high quality and peer reviewed journals. For example, her article 'Gendered politics of alienation: Arab revolutions and women's sense of despair' – published in the Feminist Review – takes a gendered reading of Marx's concept of alienation to analyse the connection between law, state, political economy, gender norms and orientalist ideology that formed the foundation of women's systematic exclusion from politics in the post-revolution Egypt.
Dr Jabiri has also undertaken research and developed impact case studies that contributed to both knowledge production and policy reform around gender equality and political reforms. Examples of this research include: the UNDP's Global Report on 'Gender Equality in Public Administration'; the UN's publication on 'Due Diligence and States' Responsibilities in Combating Violence against Women'; the EBRD's study on 'Women's Agency, Choice and Economic Participation in the MENA region'.