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Dr Rafeef Ziadah

Dr Rafeef Ziadah

  • Academics

Lecturer Politics and Public Policy

Research subject areas

  • International development
  • Politics

Contact details


Rafeef is a Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy in the Department of International Development. Her research focuses broadly on political economy, gender and race, with a particular focus on the Middle East and East Africa. She holds a PhD in Politics from York University, Canada. Previously she was a Lecturer in the Politics and International Studies department, SOAS University of London and Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the 'Military Mobilities and Mobilising Movements in the Middle East' project. This ESRC funded project explored the politics of transport infrastructures in the Arabian Peninsula and culminated in the production of the website Sinews of War and Trade. Rafeef is co-editor (with Brenna Bhandar) of the book Revolutionary Feminisms (Verso press 2020). Her research on infrastructures and maritime politics has appeared in Politics, Antipode; Conflict, Security & Development; International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; among other venues. Rafeef has worked as researcher and campaigns organiser with a number of refugee rights and anti-poverty NGOs. 


  • Political economy of development
  • Infrastructures and logistics
  • Gender and feminism
  • Race and racialisation
  • Middle East / East Africa

Rafeef’s research centers on the production of interdisciplinary scholarship that falls into three thematic areas: infrastructures and logistics, gender and feminism, race and racialisation. Her recent research is broadly concerned with the political economy of maritime infrastructures and logistics, with a particular focus on the Middle East and East Africa. She is currently examining the impact of Gulf Cooperation Council military and commercial interventions following the 2011 Arab uprisings.


  • 6YYD0011 Comparative Public Policy Analysis in Emerging Economies (BA)
  • 7YYD0011 Comparative Public Policy Analysis in Emerging Economies (MSc)

PhD supervision

Rafeef is interested in supervising students focusing on the following research areas: Politics of infrastructures Political economy of the Middle East and East Africa Gender and feminism Racism and the security state.

Further details

See Rafeef's research profile