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Salma Al-Shami

Director of Research, 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 is the director of research at Arab Barometer. 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 Arab Barometer in September 2019, 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.

Shifting Political, Economic and Social Trends in MENA Post-Covid19

Join Dr. Sahar Khamis and her two guests, Dr. Abdul-Wahab Kayyali and Ms. Salma Al-Shami, in her program “The Bridge” this Friday, June 25th, from 8 to 9 a.m. (EST), LIVE on “U.S. Arab Radio” and Facebook simultaneously, as they discuss a very timely and important topic, namely: the shifts in the political, economic, social and media landscapes in the MENA region (Middle East…

COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa

Key Findings: Citizens in surveyed MENA countries are judging COVID-19 responses of governments based on the ability to manage the healthcare crisis and the economic fallout of the pandemic. Performance rating is highest where citizens rate both health, economic response well (Morocco). Performance rating is lowest where citizens rate both health, economic response poorly (Lebanon, Tunisia). Performance rating is mixed…

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…