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Salma Al-Shami

Senior Research Specialist, Arab Barometer

Areas of Expertise: Mixed-method research design, survey methodology, public opinion, political behavior, civil society, democratization, migration.

Available for Interviews in: English, Arabic

Salma Al-Shami has joined the Arab Barometer as a Senior Research Associate in September 2019. In collaboration with the director, she is responsible for the questionnaire design, data processing and management, statistical analyses, and dissemination of study findings. Prior to joining, Salma worked as methodologist on Georgetown University and the International Organization for Migration’s joint panel study on Iraqi IDPs’ access to durable solutions to their displacement. A Middle East area expert, she has more than seven years’ experience designing and conducing mixed-method research projects in countries throughout the region including Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Libya. She is a doctoral candidate completing her dissertation in political science at Northwestern University.

Youth in MENA: Findings from the Fifth Wave of the Arab Barometer

Key Findings: Youth economic frustration across MENA is increasing. Youth have little trust in governments, which are widely viewed as being corrupt, leading to a potential crisis of legitimacy in the region. However, views of youth differ relatively little from older generations in this regard. Youth are more likely to want to emigrate and to participate in informal politics. Arab…

Women’s Agency & Economic Mobility in MENA: Examining Patterns & Implications

Key Findings: Opinions regarding women’s rights and their roles in society are progressing unevenly in MENA. While citizens of Arab countries are more approving of women’s right to education, work and holding political office, there is far from universal agreement that women should have equal rights in all areas. Moreover, there is little agreement that women should have equal roles…