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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Khuloud Alsaba

Khuloud Alsaba
Khuloud Alsaba
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9DL
Research Interests
Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health, Social Inequalities and Health, War and Conflicts, Public Health and Development Policy, Public Health in Conflict, Political Economy of Violence, Political Economy and Health, Feminist Theory, Gender-based Violence, Political Change and Health in the Arab World, Interdisciplinary Research, Theories of social power. Ideological power, Theories of Social Justice, Intersectionality and Inequalities

PhD Title

Social Determinants of Health in Conflict and War: Militarization and Health in Syria

PhD Supervisors:

Professor Jeff Collin and Dr. Sarah Hill

  • 2010-2011: MSc Health Inequalities and Public Policy from University of Edinburgh: Inequalities in Infant and Child Mortality and Health in Syria: Evidence from the Family Health Survey 2009)
  • 1998-2002: Bachelor in Dental and Oral Surgery from Baghdad University

Teaching experience:

  • Lectured for Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities (MSc course), 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 for Social Policy Department.
  • Lectured for Health Systems strengthening and Reform (MSc course)
  • Tutoring  for Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities (MSc course) 2016 for Social Policy Department
  • Toturing for Global Politics of Gender and Sexuality (Honors) 2016 for Political Science and International Relations.


  • Sir William Darling Memorial Prize, University of Edinburgh 2016
  • School of Social and Political Science Graduate Studies Award,  2013
  • Chrystal Macmillan Doctoral Studentship 2013 for PhD
  • MSc Scholarship: Chevening and University of Edinburgh Scholarship for Master degree 2010


Technical Reports and Background papers:

Peer-reviewed Papers:

Conference Papers:

  • “Alternative Health System in Conflict affected Syria and the Question of Equity”. Paper presented to the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada April, 2016:
  • “Development Roots, and the impact, of the Crisis in Syria”, R. Nasser, Z. Mehchy, and K. Alsaba. Paper presented to the annual conference of the Human Development and Capability Association, 2-5 September 2014, Athens, Greece
  • Reproductive Health Working Group Annual Meeting, “Social Determinants of Health in Conflict: Militarization and Women Health in the Syrian Conflict” July, 2016.

Affiliation and Community Engagement:

  • The Syrian Center for Policy Research, Researcher
  • Reproductive Health Working Group, the Middle East, member
  • The Red Crescent organizations in Iraq and Syria, 1998- 2014
  • International Committee for the Red Cross, Syria, 2012-201

Selected Presentations:

  • "The Conflict in Syria, War on Terror Discourse: The Role of Global Actors and the implications for population health" Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies seminars, University of St Andrews 2017
  • “The Socioeconomic and Health Impact of the Crisis in Syria” for Social Policy Department, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 2016. Joint presentation with Rabie Nasser.
  • “War on Syria: the Political Determinants of Population Health”,Global Health Academy in University of Edinburgh and Middle East Society, 2016
  •  “Failed Development, Conflict, and Gender Vulnerabilities in Syria” in Edinburgh Global Justice Festival, 2016
  • “Why are People Risking their Lives on the Mediterranean makeshift boats”, MSF and Refugees Welcome Edinburgh University communities, 2015.