Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies

Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra is Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies and a member of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. She researches and teaches on social movements, human rights, ethics, international development, and mobility. Dr. Abu-Zahra co-facilitates the University of Ottawa’s Distance-Learning Certificate Program in Community Mobilisation in Crisis, to be offered in Lebanon to students adversely affected by the conflict in Syria.

Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Dr. Abu-Zahra was a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. She has also worked in the nongovernmental sector in education and environmental health. She is co-author with Adah Kay of the book, Unfree in Palestine (Pluto, 2013). Dr. Abu-Zahra has served as a consultant to the Senate, RCMP (for international development and human rights promotion), and as an expert advisor to the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board.

She serves on the Reconciliation Committee of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and was an elected Director on the Federation’s Board from 2011 to 2015. She has also been elected, from 2009 to the present, to the Board of the Group of 78, and the International Editorial Board of the Arab World Geographer. Dr. Abu-Zahra obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford in Geography, specialising in freedom of movement and refugee studies, and her MA and BA from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Abu-Zahra was an influential member in the FreeKQ campaign helping to unite the family back in Canada. She is also an advisory board member of the QED foundation.