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Since 2008, Rima Rassi  has worked exclusively in academic and research settings, holding positions spanning universities, think-tanks, and research institutes in Lebanon and abroad. Rima holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the American University of Beirut (2008). For the past twelve years, her research has been dedicated to the study of population movements and refugee crises in Lebanon and the greater Arab region. She has presented at and participated in more than twenty conferences, seminars, and workshops and has a number of publications on refugee issues. For her Ph.D. dissertation, Rima is exploring the phenomenon of the UN "surrogate state", focusing specifically on the case of Lebanon and UNHCR. Broadly speaking, her research interests include refugees, international organizations, the United Nations, the ethics of refugee research, and social justice. Rima has been asked to serve as a reader on Masters theses at the American University of Beirut as well as Harvard University and is often asked to guest lecture in graduate seminars on the Syrian refugee crisis and UNHCR.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Master of Arts in Sociology - Thesis title: Friends or foes? Lebanese youth perceptions of the Palestinians in Lebanon from a transitional justice perspective, American University of Beirut

Sept 2006Aug 2008

Bachelor, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor in Sociology and Anthropology, American University of Beirut

Sept 2003Jun 2006


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