Laura Ruiz de Elvira
Before joining WAFAW, she was a doctoral fellow in the Institut Français du Proche Orient (Ifpo) in Damascus (2007-2009) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Philipps University of Marburg (2013-2015), where she taught two graduate seminars.
She is the author, together with Tina Zintl, of Civil Society and the State in Syria: The Outsourcing of Social Responsibility (Lynne Rienner, 2012). She has also written several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Revista Española de Ciencia Política, Maghreb-Machrek and A Contrario.
In the frame of the WAFAW project her research will focus on the recompositions of and the interactions between charitable/humanitarian activism, collective action, politics and religiosity in post-2011 Syria.
She is fluent in Syrian dialect, French and English and has been part of several international research projects.