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Dunya Habash

Researcher and Outreach Officer


Dunya Habash joined the Woolf Institute as a Researcher and Outreach Officer for the 'Living in Harmony' project in 2018, after completing an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford and working as an oral historian with Making Light on the 'Idrimi Project: Collecting Oral Histories from Syrians in the United Kingdom'. She also worked as a research assistant for Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

She holds undergraduate degrees in Music and History from Birmingham-Southern College, where she embarked on her first substantive project with Syrian refugees, a documentary on Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, 'Zaatari: Jordan's Newest City'. That work led her to the programme in Refugee Studies at Oxford and a TEDx talk in Birmingham, AL. Her interest in music continues with the organisation of Damj, an ensemble formed with two other Arab heritage musicians dedicated to creating a new musical tradition out of the traditions of east and west.

Recent Publications

"My Hidden Misconceptions About Refugees", Refugees Deeply 29 June 2017.  

"The Study of Syrian Refugees: From the Academic to the Actual", Oxford International Relations Society Blog 3 March 2017.

"The 'Organized Hypocrisy' of Western Refugee Policy", Oxford International Relations Society Blog 17 May 2017.

"The Common Core: Explorations in Light Mysticism", Southern Academic Review, BSC 82 (2016): 28-35.

Selected Musical Compositions and Performances

Lament for Syria, Composition and Performance, 2017, Oxford Department of International Development

Zaatari Theme (2015) and Dream (2016), Performance, 2017, TEDxBirmingham

Other compositions here.

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