Dr Michelle Obeid

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

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After completing my PhD in Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 2006, I took up a four-year Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, at the University of Manchester in 2007, before becoming a full-time Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology in 2011. I have conducted ethnographic research in northeastern Lebanon and London, focusing on postwar border sociality, livelihoods, kinship, displacement and home.

Between 2012 and 2016 I served as Director of the new BA in Social Science Programme  in which I set up and convened an exciting undergraduate degree programme that crossed over six departments (anthropology, sociology, politics, philosophy, social statistics and criminology).


International Collaboration and Public Engagement

I have had longstanding collaboration with the Environmental and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) at the American University of Beirut. My PhD project was part of the unit’s multi-disciplinary ten-year action research project entitled ‘Sustainable Improvement of Marginal Lands in Lebanon.’ Recently, I was delighted to contribute to the ESDU’s new Masters of Science in Rural Community Development programme by designing and teaching their qualitative research methods course in 2015.

I have collaborated with the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) on several projects. Together with Emerging and Conflict Related Issues Division (ECRI), we worked on ‘Creating the Conditions for the Formation of a Representative Taskforce to Draft a National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) in post-war Lebanon’ in 2011. With Un-ESCWA’s Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, we collaborated on the report ‘Key Issues for Consideration on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda’ presented at the Arab Regional Implementation Meeting for the 20th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development – Follow-up on RIO+20 in Dubai in 2013.

I set up and launched the Council for British Research in the Levant’s (CBRL) Contemporary Levant in 2016, a new multidisciplinary journal that publishes original research on contemporary politics, society and culture in the Levant region, its diasporas and neighbouring countries. I have since then served as Editor-in-Chief and I have been a member of the CBRL’s board of trustees since 2013.

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