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Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy

Senior Research Fellow

Politics and Governance, ODI MED

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. A kingdom of humanity? Saudi Arabia's values, systems and interests in humanitarian action

    Working papers

  2. UN holds pledging conference to raise funds for Yemen - ODI response and expert available

    Press Release

  3. Countering violent extremism


  4. Private sector engagement in complex emergencies: case studies from Yemen and southern Somalia

    Research reports

  5. Gulf country donorship: opportunities and challenges for international cooperation


  6. Development finance for water resources: trends in the Middle East and North Africa

    Research reports

  7. Foreign policy and humanitarian action: an agenda for inquiry

    Working papers

  8. Migrants and refugees in detention centres: the humanitarian consequences of Libya’s governance breakdown


  9. Peacebuilding in Libya: cross-border transactions and the civil society landscape

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Regional organisations and humanitarian action: rethinking regional engagement

    Research reports

  11. UK’s Yemen policy criticised by MPs

    Press Release

  12. Yemen ceasefire may only defer further conflict

  13. Yemen's forgotten war


  14. Saudi blockade threatens famine in Yemen

  15. Five things you need to know about the Yemen crisis

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