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 the Lebanese American University, 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 first 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. She is a former Visiting Professor at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace at their Peace and Conflict Studies Department.

In addition to serving on the boards of organizations working in the migration and development space and the editorial boards of several leading journals, Dr. Diab has consulted for UN Agencies, international humanitarian organizations and governments, and has evaluated humanitarian programming, led research in conflict settings, led gender analyses and developed strategies for organizations targeting hard to reach areas across the MENA region. She holds a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy with an emphasis on Asylum, Refugees and Security from the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies of the School of Advanced International and Political Studies at INSEEC Grande Ecole in Paris, and holds graduate degrees in International Law, Human Rights and Feminist Writings.

Research Interests

Her research interests lie at the intersection between Migration, Gender and Conflict in the MENA region, as well as international legal frameworks governing forced displacement at the global level.

SDGs Research Mapping

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

Selected Publications

Recent Journal Articles:

  • 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://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(24)00044-5/fulltext
  • 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, Front. Hum. Dyn. 5:1205786. doi: 10.3389/fhumd.2023.1205786
  • 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, doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2023.1192511
  • 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, Retrieve at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/epub/10.1177/17455057231171486
  • Diab, J. L. & Scissa, C. (2023), Gender, Migration and Environment in the MENA: Vulnerabilities, Frameworks and Ways Forward, Journal of Migration Affairs, Vol. V(1-2): 11-20, Retrieved at: https://migrationaffairs.com/gender-migration-and-environment-in-the-mena-vulnerabilities-frameworks-and-ways-forward/
  • 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.
  • Diab, J. L. et al (2023), The Gender Dimensions of Sexual Violence against Migrant Domestic Workers in post-2019 Lebanon, Frontiers in Sociology, Retrieve at: 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, Volume 2, Issue 1, Retrieve at: 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, Volume 12, Retrieve at: 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, Volume 12, Issue 07001, pp 1-10, Retrieve at: 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, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 110-126, Retrieve at: 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, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 90-98, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/38of847
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), On Managing Health in Conflict: Refugees, Political Will and International Obligations amid Coronavirus in Lebanon, International Journal of Political Science and Governance, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 24-28, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3pN8NoU
  • 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, Volume 8, pp 1-6, Retrieve at: 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, Volume 17, Number 1, Issue 32, pp 162-164, Retrieve at: shorturl.at/flJZ7
  • 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, Volume 17, Number 3, pp 73-76, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3gKFmzt

Chapters in Books:

  • 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://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-40525-0_17
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), Refugee, Asylum Seeker or Migrant? Words Matter. People Matter. Politics Matter in ‘Forced Migration Studies: Current Interventions,’ edited by Leonardo Schiocchet and Christine Nölle-Karimis, Retrieve at: http://www.ror-n.org/volume-13.html

Recent Working Papers and Studies:

Op-Eds, Commentary and Briefs:


  • 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