Jasmin Lilian Diab

Assistant Professor of Migration Studies
Director, Institute for Migration Studies

Dr. Jasmin Lilian Diab (she/هي) is a scholar and expert in Migration, Gender and Conflict Studies. Dr. Diab is the Director of the Institute for Migration Studies at LAU, where she also serves as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Migration Studies. Between 2022 and 2023, she served as the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research’s Inaugural Global Fellow on Migration and Inequality.

Dr. Diab is a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, a Global Fellow at Brown University’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Lebanese Studies’ British Academy Bilateral Research Chair on Education in Conflict. As of 2024, she is a Visiting Professor in Migration Studies at Sciences Po Lyon.

Prior to her position at LAU, Dr. Diab served as the Refugee Health Program Coordinator and Research Associate in Political Economy of Health in Conflict at the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut (2019-2021), and Research and Project Manager at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center at Notre Dame University-Louaize (2013-2019). She holds a PhD in International Relations with an emphasis on Refugees, Asylum and Security from HEIP’s Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS) in Paris, France.

Dr. Diab holds/has held the following visiting positions to present:

  • Visiting Professor, Sciences Po Lyon, University of Lyon, France (2024-present).
  • Global Fellow, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, USA (2021-present).
  • Visiting Fellow, British Academy Bilateral Chair on Research in Conflict, Faculty of Education and Centre for Lebanese Studies, University of Cambridge, UK (2021-present).
  • Research Affiliate, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada (2020-present).
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, UN-Mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica (2021-2022 and 2023-2024).
  • Scholar in Residence, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden (2023).
  • Inaugural Global Fellow on Migration and Inequality, Center for Policy Research, United Nations University, USA (2022-2023).
  • Scholar in Forced Displacement, Human Rights Research and Education Centre with The Refugee Hub, University of Ottawa, Canada (2021-2022).
  • Fellow, Internal Displacement Research Program, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, UK (2021).
  • Academic Advisor, International Relations Internship Program, University of Adelaide, Australia (2019).

As part of faculty mobility exchanges, Dr. Diab has served as a Visiting Faculty at the Hellenic American University (Greece, 2024), the University of Graz (Austria, 2024), and the University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal, 2023). Between 2022 and 2023, her research was awarded the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies Seed Grant from Brown University, as well as the Williams Institute LGBTI Global Small Grant from the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Law.

Dr. Diab serves as Editorial Board Member and Review Editor for Frontiers in Sociology’s Migration and Society section, Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor in Humanitarian Aid, Conflict and Migration for PLOS Global Public Health, as well as Advisory Board Member for Lexington Books’ Migration, Displacement, and Development: A Critical Inquiry’ Book Series.

In addition to serving on the boards of organizations working in the migration and development space, Dr. Diab has completed 100+ consultancies for UN Agencies, international humanitarian organizations and governments, evaluating humanitarian programming, leading research in conflict settings, leading gender analyses, and developing strategic plans for organizations targeting hard-to-reach areas and displaced populations across the MENA region

Research Interests

Dr. Diab’s research interests lie at the intersection of Migration, Gender and Conflict. Her research focuses on refugee populations across Lebanon and the Levant, as well as migrant domestic workers, internally displaced persons, and stateless groups across Lebanon and neighboring countries. Notably, in 2023, she led the largest-ever nationwide study on sexual violence in Lebanon, focusing on the intersectional vulnerability and plight of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon –interviewing close to 1,000 women from the community. Her recent research focuses on protection for gender and sexual minorities in displacement settings, trauma-informed participatory approaches to researching displacement, internal displacement from South Lebanon, localization, and barriers to accessing services in humanitarian spaces across Lebanon.

SDGs Research Mapping

Dr. Jasmin Lilian Diab conducts research relevant to the following SDGs:

Selected Publications

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • Diab, J. L., Jasiukaitis, S. & El-Zakka, Y. (2024), “Refugee Voices vs. Humanitarian Choices: How Much Can Refugee-Led Organizations Redefine Power and Agency in Post-2019 Lebanon?,” Journal of International Humanitarian Action. https://shorturl.at/VF5kr
  • Diab, J. L. & Skulte-Ouaiss, J. (2024), “An Identity Quandary in Lebanon,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, https://shorturl.at/IlDuX
  • Kaloti, R., Diab, J. L., Alkhalil, M. & Abbara, A. (2024), “Compounding challenges for Syrian refugees in Türkiye in the wake of the earthquake,” The Lancet Global Health, https://shorturl.at/btRhr
  • Diab J. L. , Samneh B., Masoud D. and Cravero K. (2024), “Gender identity as a barrier to accessing adequate and inclusive healthcare for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Northern regions,” Frontiers in Human Dynamics 5:1205786, https://shorturl.at/hECzH
  • El-Zakka Y. & Diab J. L. (2023), “Youth development and spatial configurations: socio-spatial inequalities in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon,” Frontiers in Sociology 8:1192511, https://shorturl.at/8OrrK
  • Fouad, F. M., Hashoush, M., Diab, J. L. et al (2023), “Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to the Provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon,” Women’s Health 19, https://l1nq.com/2uWPg
  • Diab, J. L. & Scissa, C. (2023), “Gender, Migration and Environment in the MENA: Vulnerabilities, Frameworks and Ways Forward,” Journal of Migration Affairs 1-2: 11-20, https://shorturl.at/xetK2
  • Diab, J. L. (2023), “From Exclusionary to Participatory Feminist Peacebuilding in Lebanon: Examining the Roles of Refugees, Migrants and Women in All Their Diversity,” Al-Raida 47(2): 116-123, https://acesse.dev/o4Kg8
  • Diab, J. L. et al (2023), “The Gender Dimensions of Sexual Violence against Migrant Domestic Workers in post-2019 Lebanon,” Frontiers in Sociology, https://lnkd.in/eusRFYsf
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), “What Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria Have Taught Us About the Politics of International Refugee Law,” TRC Journal of Humanitarian Action 2(1), https://bit.ly/3Uqe0Do
  • Saleh, S., Ibrahim, S., Diab, J. L. & Osman, M. (2022), “Integrating Refugees into National Health Systems amid Political and Economic Constraints in the EMR: Approaches from Lebanon and Jordan,” Journal of Global Health 12, https://bit.ly/3LsullU
  • Fouad, F. M., Soares, L., Diab, J. L. & Abouzeid, A. (2022), “The Political Economy of Health in Conflict: Lessons Learned from Three States in the Eastern Mediterranean Region during COVID-19,” Journal of Global Health 12-07001: 1-10, https://bit.ly/3CME1EL
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), “Bridging the Gap between Social Protection and a Humanitarian Response: Lebanon’s Refugees amid Host Community Fatigue, COVID-19 and Good Practices,” Journal of Migration Affairs 5(1): 110-126, https://bit.ly/3Kot6ni
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), “Pandemic-linked Vulnerabilities for Forced Migrants: The Increase in Gender-based Violence in the Arab World,” Journal of Migration Affairs 3(1): 90-98, https://bit.ly/38of847
  • Barkil-Oteo, A., Diab, J. L. & Fouad, M. F. (2021), “Mental Health in Lebanon’s Triple-Fold Crisis: The Case of Refugees and Vulnerable Groups in Times of COVID-19,” Frontiers in Public Health 8:1-6, https://bit.ly/3bZyGyv
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), “Gender and Migration in Times of COVID-19: Additional Risks on Migrant Women in the MENA and How to Address Them,” Identities Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture  17(1-3): 162-164,  https://shorturl.at/jcxOO
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), “Migration, Refugees and ‘Illegal’ Routes in Times of Health Crisis: The Case of the Lebanon-Syria Border,” Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics 17(3): 73-76, https://bit.ly/3gKFmzt
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), “On Weaponizing Fear and Controlling Movement: Scaremongering and Migration amid Coronavirus,” Displaced Voices: A Journal of Archives, Migration and Cultural Heritage 1:25-30, https://bit.ly/2BoXM9W   
  • Diab, J. L. (2019), “On Reappropriation and Socio-political Empowerment: Thawra. Hurriya. Intifada.,” Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research 5(3): 10-11, https://bit.ly/2tnFEsP
  • Diab, J. L. & Hourani, G. (2018), “An Integrated Approach to Syrian Refugees’ Healthcare in Lebanon,” Journal of Health Science 6(3): 163-170, https://goo.gl/1KUCGB
  • […] Diab, J. L. et al. (2018), “Selected Regional Developments in Human Rights and Democratization during 2016: Rights amid Turmoil in the Arab Region,” Global Campus Human Rights Journal 1(2):479-496, https://goo.gl/pgqra9

Selected Peer-Reviewed Chapters:

  • Diab, J. L. (2024), “Refugees and Human Rights Law During the Trump Administration,” In: Aldama, A. & Ordaz, J. (eds), Resistance and Abolition in the Borderlands: Confronting Trump’s Reign of Terror, The University of Arizona Press, https://lnkd.in/duTQDS9D
  • Diab, J. L., Asfour, O., Abbara, A. (2023), “COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: A Driver of Inequality for Refugees and Vulnerable Groups,” In: Kraemer, A. & Medzech, M. (eds), Covid-19 pandisziplinär und international. Medizin, Kultur, Gesellschaft. Springer VS, Wiesbaden, https://l1nq.com/QO9xy
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), “Refugee, Asylum Seeker or Migrant? Words Matter. People Matter. Politics Matters.” In: Schiocchet, L. & Nölle-Karimis, C. (eds), Forced Migration Studies: Current Interventions, Refugee Outreach & Research Network, https://encr.pw/XGu7h

Selected Papers, Commentary and Briefs:

  • Diab, J. L. and Crawley, H. (2023), Safe, Voluntary, and Dignified Return for Syrian Refugees from Lebanon, United Nations University Center for Policy Research, https://rb.gy/202muo
  • Diab, J. L. (2023), “Safe Return and Voluntary Repatriation for Syrian Refugees from Lebanon: What Needs to Happen Next?,” United Nations University Center for Policy Research, https://encr.pw/iVCLC
  • Diab, J. L. (2023), Selective and Strategic Indifference: Lebanon’s Migration and Refugee Landscapes in the Absence of Inclusive Legal Frameworks, Mixed Migration Review, Mixed Migration Centre, https://rb.gy/dewxru
  • Diab, J. L. & Skulte-Ouaiss, J. (2023), A Cascading Crisis: Looming Threats of Mass Internal Displacement from South Lebanon in the Wake of the Israel-Hamas Armed Conflict, Researching Internal Displacement, University of Londonhttps://rb.gy/98eo43
  • Diab, J. L. (2023), Repatriating Syrians from Lebanon: A pivotal role for UNHCR, United Nations University Center for Policy Research, https://rb.gy/oyqunt
  • Diab, J. L. (2023), Gender and Security in Lebanon During and PostCOVID-19: The Case of Migrant and Refugee Women, Rice University’s Baker Institute, https://rb.gy/gop0mh
  • Diab, J. L. (2023), On Prosecution, Persecution and Protection: Unpacking Anti-Refugee Narratives, Kinopolitics and Selective Outrage in Lebanon, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, https://tinyurl.com/4scpuv4v
  • Diab, J. L. et al (2022), Working with LGBTIQ+ Persons in Forced Displacement: Narratives from Afghanistan and Lebanon, Institute for Migration Studies, Lebanese American University, https://tinyurl.com/4t44u4hm
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), Kinopolitics and the Myth of Borders: How Ukraine Shapes Lebanon’s Refugee Landscape, Middle East Women’s Initiative, Wilson Center, https://tinyurl.com/pwvmntpb
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), What Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria Have Taught Us About the Political Will Behind International Refugee Law, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, https://tinyurl.com/45jnvxwz
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), Gaps in Migration Governance and Refugees as Political Leverage: The Case of the Route from Lebanon to Belarus, Conflict, Peace and Democracy Policy Blog, University of Graz, https://tinyurl.com/43rns3zb
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Dispossession, Gender Identity, and Wellness in Lebanon: Marginalized Refugees Endure Growing Barriers to Basic Healthcare, Al-Rawiya Magazine, https://tinyurl.com/58h9cxh5
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Refugee Ever After: Why Are We Letting Palestinians Become the World’s Permanent Refugees, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, https://bit.ly/3wPQm6t
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Refugee, Asylum Seeker or Migrant? Words Matter. People Matter. Politics Matters., Refugee Outreach & Research Network, https://bit.ly/3rie7mK
  • Diab, J. L., Hashoush, M. and Ibrahim, S. (2021), Asylum, Repatriation and Border Management during a Pandemic: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, The Critical Refugee Studies Collective, University of California, https://bit.ly/3iSD6eb
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Whose Responsibility Is It? Challenges to UN Responsibility-Sharing Models in Lebanon during COVID-19, LSE Middle East Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science, https://bit.ly/3vtcd3A
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), “New” and “Old” Refugees Navigate Emerging Political Economic Realities in Lebanon’s Chatila Camp, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, https://bit.ly/3gy7DMV
  • Diab, J. L. & Fouad, M. F. (2021), Political Economy Realities for Urban Refugees in Beirut: Intersectional Concerns over Health, Security and Livelihoods, Respond Migration, Uppsala University, https://bit.ly/2PZLpJb
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Refugee Women in Lebanon Hit the Hardest by COVID-19, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, The London School of Economics and Political Science, https://bit.ly/3ko6XcX
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Intersectionality in Crimmigration: Gender, Race and Crossing Borders, Strife Blog and Journal, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, https://bit.ly/2NhNO0b
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), On Queering Movement amid Historical Invisibility: Sexuality, Gender and Migration, Network for Migration Matters, https://bit.ly/2NNkDCf
  • Diab, J. L. & Naal, H. (2020), On Hierarchy of Emergencies: SGBV and Mental Health among Refugees in Times of COVID-19, South of Global Health Blog, AUB Global Health Institute, https://bit.ly/36uGEMR
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Refugees in the MENA Remain Uniquely Vulnerable to the Effects of COVID-19 amid Political and Economic Constraints, South of Global Health Blog, AUBGlobal Health Institute, https://bit.ly/32jitiN
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Gender and Migration in Times of COVID-19: Additional Risks on Migrant Women in the MENA and How to Address Them, Identities Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture Blog, https://bit.ly/2ZNHiSc
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), International Migration and Refugee Law in Times of Health Crisis: When Movement is Restricted and Social Distancing is Impossible, Groningen Journal of International Law Blog, https://bit.ly/2x9b20H
  • Abdul Sater, Z. & Diab, J. L. (2020), The COVID-19 Arab Monitor: Highlighting the Status and Response to COVID-19 in the Arab Region, South of Global Health Blog, AUB Global Health Institute, https://bit.ly/2WoJ6zf
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), On Selective Racism: All Black Lives Matter, Including the Ones Hired Under the Kafala System, Foreign Policy News, https://bit.ly/2BIySlT
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Protecting Migrant Workers’ Rights in Lebanon amid Political, Economic and Health Crises, Rights!, https://bit.ly/2Yie6m3
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Syrian Refugees in Lebanon amid Confinement, Health Scares and Escalating Needs, Refugee Hosts, https://bit.ly/3e4Dstn
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), When Official Borders Don’t Matter: Migration, Refugees and Illegal Routes in Times of Health Crisis, Living Refugee Archive, University of East London, https://bit.ly/2WGeKZY
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Coronavirus amid Regional Instability in the Middle East, E-International Relations, https://bit.ly/3bDDE0H
  • Diab, J. L. & Fouad, M. F. (2020), Navigating Access to Healthcare in Lebanon: The Political Economy of Health across Conflict, Revolution and Applicability, E-International Relations, https://bit.ly/2UrHDGl
  • Diab, J. L. (2019), They Called Her “Lady Liberty”: On the Birth of a State Conceived in the Womb of the Lebanese Woman, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut, https://bit.ly/2Lmk0v9   

Edited Collections:

  • Norman, K., Martín Gil, A. & Diab, J. L. (eds) (2024), “Climate-Induced Displacement in the Middle East and North Africa,” Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, https://shorturl.at/mgbpx

Other Selected Works and Studies:

  • Diab, J. L. (2024), “Rapid Gender Analysis: Gender, Conflict and Internal Displacement in and from South Lebanon,” CARE International & UN Women, https://l1nq.com/O1atK
  • Daigle, M., Spencer, A., Diab, J. L., et al. (2023), “Sex, Health and Rights in Displacement and Humanitarian Response: Crises Upon Crises in Lebanon and Beyond,” Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute, https://l1nq.com/SHZ8f
  • Diab, J. L. & Jouhari, I. (2023), “Conflict, Crisis and Migration: Maritime Irregular Migration from Lebanon Since,” Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, https://l1nq.com/KMntV
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), “Democracy and Human Rights: Syrian Refugee Youth in Lebanon 2021,” Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, https://bit.ly/3FrT0ak
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), “Understanding Remittances as a Coping Strategy amidst Lebanon’s Crises: Opportunities and Challenges for Aid Actors,” Mercy Corps, https://bit.ly/3H7ryQc
  • Coutts, A., Daoud, A., Diab, J. L., Fouad, M. F. et al (2022), “How Politics Made a Nation Sick: The Political Economy of Health in Lebanon,” King’s College London, https://bit.ly/3fgK1e2
  • Ostrowski, J., McCann, K., Zard, M., Agarwal-Harding, P., Zeng, W., Diab, J. L. et al (2022), “The Big Questions in Forced Displacement and Health: Jordan Country Report 2022,” Columbia University, https://l1nq.com/t9YFg
  • Coutts, A., Daoud, A., Diab, J. L., Fouad, M. F. et al (2020), “The Political Economy of Health in Lebanon, The Failed State: How Politics and Policy Shapes Population Health and Wellbeing,” King’s College London, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/34bzz1z

Selected Books:

  • Diab, J. L. (2021), “Migrant Rights and Migrant Wrongs: Bilateral Relations, Asylum and Security under the Safe Third Country Agreement,” Bedey and Thoms Media, ISBN: 978-3-95935-570-4, Retrieve at: https://amzn.to/3ryWQFU
  • Diab, J. L. (Ed.) (2021), “Dignity in Movement: Borders, Bodies and Rights,” E-International Relations Publishing, ISBN: 978-1910814598, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3qkAdUR

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy with an emphasis on Asylum, Refugees and Security, INSEEC U., School of Advanced International and Political Studies, Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies, France
  • DEA in Human Rights and Democratization with an emphasis on Gender and Migration, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • MA in International Law with an emphasis on International Migration and Refugee Law, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon
  • BA in International Affairs and Diplomacy, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon