Amman Center Stories: Zahira Alleyne-McNatt

June 19, 2018

Zahira is a Doctoral student (DrPH) at the Mailman School of Public Health and worked in Amman as a Senior Research Associate with the Syrian Refugee Initiative


I am grateful to Columbia Global Centers | Amman for its partnership, guidance and support in the development of our research efforts and the building of meaningful collaborations. I came to the Amman Center for the first time in early 2017 to learn more about refugee issues in Jordan and to co-create a research study with UNHCR.

The Amman Center helped to cultivate relationships with local and international NGOs and UN agencies and provided a wonderful place for students, researchers and faculty to expand their work in support of local priorities. Our team was able to present our research to stakeholders in the humanitarian community – creating opportunities for the findings to translate into policy and practice.

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The Center has also exposed me to regional issues and analyses that would be difficult to obtain in other settings. Events have included – updates on the war in Yemen, explorations of the Palestinian right to return and MET talks on preserving antiquities during conflict and crisis. The Center offers truly multidisciplinary projects, workshops and events that are relevant to the social, political and economic environment in Jordan and across the region.

I’ve enjoyed my time here and benefitted from the expertise of the brilliant and thoughtful team that manages the Center’s day-to-day operations.