About the network
The network promotes policy-relevant research in relation to social policy in Middle East and North Africa region (MENA); up-to-date policy analysis on the key social challenges facing the region; information on social welfare issues for use by the wider public; and resources for policy-makers, practitioners and academics in the subject areas of social policy and social protection in MENA.
The network also organises a bi-annual conference which gathers together academics, policymakers and practitioners to engage with cutting edge research and policy developments in the field of MENA social policy.
In collaboration with the Institute for Mathematical Innovation at the University of Bath, the network has been commissioned by UNICEF (Jordan) to develop and host the first online searchable database of social policy expertise in MENA. The database will be available for public use in the Autumn of 2017.
The network is comprised of a core group of globally based academic experts who specialise in social policy topics in the MENA region.
Current members include
- Dr Rana Jawad, University of Bath, UK (Current convenor)
- Dr Hicham Ait Mansour, University of Rabat, Morocco
- Dr Markus Leowe, German Development Institute, Germany
- Dr Nidhal Ben Cheickh, Centre de Recherches et des Études Sociales,Tunisia
- Dr Samia Al-Botmeh, Bir Zeit University, OPT
- Dr Hania Sholkamy, Social Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt
- Dr Ali Saeidi, Tehran University, Iran
- a bi-annual conference co-hosted with a network member
- a blog by Dr Rana Jawad
- a Middle East and North Africa Social Policy jiscmail group open to all for your subscription
- Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise
- Social protection policies in the Middle East and North African region (MENA): new priorities, new debates
- Religion and Social Policy in the Middle East
- Exploring new avenues for social policy and social welfare action
Browse the network's virtual library for key relevant MENA publications, including policy briefs and working papers divided by six themes: