Jessy Nassar is a PhD student at King's College London with a background in Political Sciences and Middle Eastern Studies. Her current PhD qualitative research is focused on the political economy of labour in Lebanon, taking Syrian agricultural labour migrants and refugees in the Bekaa Valley as a case-study.
Thesis title: 'On borders, labour, and migrants: the case of Syrian agricultural workers in the Bekaa valley'
The PhD research is based on an in-depth ethnographic study with Syrian refugees and agricultural migrants in the Bekaa Valley. The thesis investigates the role of agricultural labour networks in a context of shared borders, the evolving power relations governing Syrian labourers in a context of the refugee crisis, and the socio-economic changes affecting labourers and their relationship to the land.
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