Dr Oroub El-Abed is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for British Research in the Levant, supported by a British Academy grant. She obtained her PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. She has consulted for several UN agencies and international NGOs, and written about political economy of development and forced migration, particularly in relation to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. She is the author of Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since 1948 (Washington, DC and Ottawa: Institute for Palestine Studies and the International Development Research Centre, 2009).