Portrait of  Basma El-Doukhi

Basma El-Doukhi

GCDC Doctoral Candidate, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research


Basma is a Palestinian refugee living and working in Lebanon. She has a Master’s degree in Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University, and a scholarship from the University of Kent to study PhD in Migration Studies. She is a Rebecca Dyknes Chevening scholar. For twelve years Basma has been active in humanitarian and development work with refugees and asylum seekers  within UNHCR, UNRWA and international NGOs in Lebanon and Syria.on the sexual and gender based violence, child protection and general protection, prevention and response programs, community outreach, mobilisation  and development including advocacy and fundraising.in the MENA and the UK.

Basma’s PhD focuses on “The role of Refugee-Led Organisations in providing protection and assistance for displaced communities in the Lebanon, Syria and Jordan”.It draws on my twelve years of humanitarian work, my own lived experiences as a refugee, and my postgraduate studies in Emergency and Development Studies. This project aims to move from anecdotal data to research-based findings that explore the nature of refugee-led organisations and the factors conditioning their impact and interventions. Localisation and inclusion of refugees in their own development fulfils the “leave no one behind” fundamental principle underlying Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals 16 and 17.


Basma is supervised by Dr Sweta Rajan-Rankin and Dr Thomas Parkinson, University of Kent.

Last updated 19th October 2021