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Centre of Development Studies


Director of the Centre of Development Studies

Professor in Development Studies and Middle East Politics

B.A. (The American University of Cairo)

M.A. (The American University of Cairo)

Ph.D. (Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands)


Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 337158


Professor Abdelrahman worked as an Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo before joining the Centre of Development Studies in 2007. She has carried out consultancies for international development organisations such as UNICEF, OXFAM NOVIB and DANIDA. She is a member of the editorial board of the Cairo Papers in Social Science.

Professor Abdelrahman’s research interests cover a wide range of aspects of the sociology and politics of development including state-civil society relations, opposition politics and social movements, human rights and labour relations and NGOs – both at the global level and within the context of the Middle East.


Professor Abdelrahman is the coordinator for the core paper on Sociology and Politics of Development (Paper 3) for the MPhil in Development Studies. She also teaches on the paper on the Middle East and North Africa for the MPhil in Politics.

She supervises MPhil and PhD students in the Centre of Development Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIS).