Shaddin Almasri is a Jordanian-American PhD candidate based in Krems, Austria. Her research interests are in aid policy, development, and refugee labour integration with a regional focus on the Middle East. Previously, she held research and advocacy roles at Oxfam in Jordan and at the WANA Institute, a local Jordanian think tank. She holds an MSc Migration, Mobility and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BA Economics from the American University of Sharjah. She has held a variety of roles in short term research projects spanning topics such as climate migration, refugee discrimination, stratification in labour migration policy and refugee access to self-reliance mechanisms. She is currently a PhD Migration Studies candidate at Danube University Krems, where she is researching nationality-based discrimination in refugee aid and inclusion policies across Jordan, Turkey and Ethiopia.

PhD Thesis Title: Refugee Inclusion -- for Whom? A Case Study of International Cooperation Dynamics to Support Refugees in (initial) Host States

Affiliation: Danube University Krems


Refereed Journal Articles
  • Almasri, Shaddin, ‘Why is Syria a War but Not Afghanistan? Nationality-based aid and protection in Turkey’s Syria Refugee Response’ Refugee Survey Quarterly 42(1). December 2022.
  • Almasri, Shaddin, ‘Refugee Aid Politics Impact on Labor Market Dynamics: A Case Study of the Jordan Compact’ Middle East Critique 30(2). June 2021.
Book Chapters
  • Almasri, Shaddin. ‘Power, protection and policy: Domestic workers in Arab States during COVID-19.’ The Impacts of Covid-10 on Migration and Migrants from a Gender Perspective. Eds.: Marie McAuliffe and Simon Hay. International Organization for Migration. May 2022, 33-46.
  • Alhajahmad, Shaddin and Dorsey Lockhart. “Jordan’s Recent Economic Performance: Implications for Future Growth, Investment, Refugee Policy, and Refugees.” A Region in Motion: Reflections from West Asia-North Africa. Eds.: Erica Harper, Lien Santerrmans. Economic Press. April 2018, 97-106. 
  • Alhajahmad, Shaddin and Dorsey Lockhart. “Jordan’s Syrian Refugee Labor Integration Policy: A One Year Review.” A Region in Motion: Reflections from West Asia-North Africa. Eds.: Erica Harper, Lien Santermans. Economic Press. April 2018, 77-96. 
Media and Academic blogs
  • Almasri, Shaddin, “Nationality-based Aid and the Role of Humanitarian Actors in the Making of Non-prioritized Refugees”. Borders and Limitations, Lebanese American University. Jun 2022.
  • Almasri, Shaddin, “Book review: Handbook of Translocal Development and Global Mobilities”. Routed Magazine. Dec 2021.
  • Almasri, Shaddin, “Austerity made the MENA region weaker facing COVID-19”. Arab NGO Network for Development. Jan 2021.
  • Almasri, Shaddin. “Migrant labor exclusion from Jordanian government social protection responses to COVID-19” Routed Magazine. Jun 2020. [re-published on University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration Policy and Society blog, Aug 2020]
  • Almasri, Shaddin. “Are Syrian refugees better off in the informal labor market?” TRT World. May 2017.
  • Alhajahmad, Shaddin. “A Missed Opportunity: Employing Syrian Refugees in Jordan.” AlBawaba. Nov 2017. 
  • Almasri, Shaddin. “The Jordan Compact: One Year On.” Venture Magazine. Dec 2017.
  • Diab, Jasmin and Shaddin Almasri. ‘The Refuge Reports: Week 4 – Afghanistan’ Institute for Migration Studies: Lebanese American University. April 2022.
  • Almasri, Shaddin. ‘Exclusive Refuge: Origins, Causes and Impacts of Exclusionary Nationality-Based Targeting in Refugee Protection and Aid’ ASILE Working Papers. Centre for European Policy Studies. March 2022
  • Almasri, Shaddin ‘Power, Protection and Policy: The Condition of Domestic Workers Social Protection  in Arab States During Covid-19’ Webinar Proceedings: Female Migrant Labourers and COVID-19 in Asia’ Gender and Migration Research Group, Global Research Network. Eds: Jasmin Lillian Diab and U Bava Dharani. November 2021.
  • Abdo, Nabil and Shaddin Almasri. ‘A Decade of Hope, not Austerity: The Road to Recovery in the MENA Region post C-19’ Oxfam: Policy and Practice. August 2020.
  • Almasri, Shaddin. ‘A Matter of Cash and Resilience: An Effectiveness Review of Cash for Work for Refugees in Za’atari Camp’ Oxfam: Policy and Practice. July 2020.
  • Almasri, Shaddin. ‘Tailor Made: How Syrian refugee women are finding their own way to join the Jordanian economy.’ Oxfam: Policy and Practice. August 2018.
  • Alhajahmad, Shaddin, Katrina Barker and Dorsey Lockhart. ‘Syrian Refugee Employment Trends in Jordan and Future Perspectives.’ WANA Institute. April 2018.
  • Alhajahmad, Shaddin, Katrina Barker and Dorsey Lockhart. ‘Syrian Refugee Women and the Workforce.’ WANA Institute. April 2018.
  • Alhajahmad, Shaddin and Dorsey Lockhart. ‘Statistics Brief: Syrian Refugee Employment Trends in Jordan.’ WANA Institute. December 2017.
  • Alhajahmad, Shaddin and Maria Mikadze. ‘Investment and Business in Jordan to Create Employment: Opportunities and Challenges.’ WANA Institute. November 2017.
  • Alhajahmad, Shaddin and Erica Harper. ‘Refugee Labour Inclusion: Turkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.’ WANA Institute. January 2017.