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Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy

Senior Research Fellow

Portrait of Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy

Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy has over 15 years of regional and international expertise in humanitarian policy, sustainable development, strategic philanthropy, youth civic engagement, conflict, security and peace.

Prior to joining ODI, Sherine held positions at FHI360, the American University in Cairo and the Library of Alexandria. She continues to serve as an adviser to a number of international organisations and initiatives and is a member of the Yemen Safe Passage Group and the British Academy’s Society for Libyan Studies.

Sherine has published in various key academic and policy journals and outlets. These include 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 published over 50 working papers and articles on humanitarian politics, conflict and security especially on the Middle East and North Africa. She has also been featured in a number of media outlets such as al Jazeera, the BBC, RT, Thomson Reuters, the Guardian and others.

Sherine was a Weidenfeld-Hoffman scholar at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. She holds a doctorate from the Department of International Development and St. Cross College, University of Oxford. Her countries of expertise are Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, Italy and the UK.

  1. Climate risk report for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

    Research reports

  2. The intersection between socioeconomic conditions and youth radicalisation: implications for programming in the G5 Sahel countries


  3. Impact of conflict on the financial sector in Yemen: implications for food security

    Working papers

  4. Protection and peace in conflict-affected contexts: understanding the intersections

    Working papers

  5. The new US fragility strategy can be transformational – but requires careful implementation

  6. International aid prioritises the pandemic over peace. But at what cost?

  7. Digital youth peacebuilding: why it matters


  8. Fragility: time for a rethink

  9. The changing geopolitics of North-South relations: introducing ODI MED

  10. Accountability dilemmas and collective approaches to communication and community engagement in Yemen

    Research reports

  11. Libya and pandemic politics in armed conflicts

  12. Dealing with Covid-19 in conflict zones needs a different approach

  13. Comment Available: the continued impact of Covid-19

    Press Release

  14. Countering the caliphate in North Africa: three expert views on gender and the need for collective action

  15. Protection of displaced Libyans: risks, responses and border dynamics

    Working papers

  16. Humanitarian action and foreign policy: balancing interests and values

    Research reports

  17. ‘A humanitarian sector in debt’: counter-terrorism, bank de-risking and financial access for NGOs in the West Bank and Gaza

    Working papers

  18. Counter-terrorism, bank de-risking and humanitarian response: a path forward

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. The challenge of informality: counter-terrorism, bank de-risking and financial access for humanitarian organisations in Somalia

    Working papers

  20. Philanthropy in captivity: counter-terrorism measures and Arab philanthropy

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