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Sherine El Taraboulsi–McCarthy

Sherine El Taraboulsi–McCarthy


NatCen International

Sherine is the Director of NatCen International, a global social policy programme at the National Centre for Social Research. She is an established research expert on humanitarian and development policy, conflict, security and evidence uptake, and has research experience in 13 countries.

Previously, Sherine was a Senior Research Fellow with the Politics and Governance team and a Research Fellow with the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). At ODI, she led and oversaw a portfolio of work on humanitarian policy, conflict and security, particularly within the MENA region and Africa. Specifically, her work has addressed the impact of foreign policy on humanitarian engagement, counter terrorism and implications for humanitarian financing, gender and countering violent extremism, food insecurity, protection, peacebuilding and the political economy of cross-sectoral engagement (humanitarian, development, peace and security). Sherine also launched and co-led ODI-MED, a cross-institutional initiative on peace and sustainability in the Mediterranean region. Earlier in her career, Sherine led research on regional philanthropy and civic engagement at the Gerhart Center, at the American University in Cairo.

Her work focuses on state-society relations and configurations of power, local and international, in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. It engages with questions on the politics of state building, economic growth and governance, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development engagement and how international engagement can be understood within broader socio-historical processes and particularly from the perspectives of marginalized groups. A common thread throughout her research is the need for a nuanced and historically sensitive understanding of indigenous voice and agency.

Sherine is currently the Principal Investigator for a project commissioned by the Home Office and funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund on Asylum Seeker Decision Making.

Sherine has advised governments, donors and civil society organizations on their engagement in conflict-affected contexts, especially in the Middle East and Africa. She has served as an adviser and consultant to a wide range of international NGOs, multilateral and bilateral agencies. This includes Oxfam GB, UNDP, UNWomen, UNICEF, the Atlantic Council, Transparency International and others.

She has published articles in various key academic and policy journals and outlets. These include the International Review of the Red Cross, the Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East, as well as book chapters in edited volumes with Palgrave Macmillan and James Currey. She has been featured in key international media outlets such as al Jazeera, the BBC, Thomson Reuters, and the Guardian.

Sherine was a Politics Visiting Fellow (Keble College) and a Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholar (St. Cross College) at the University of Oxford. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean at University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. She holds a doctorate from the Department of International Development and St. Cross College, University of Oxford.

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