UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Dr Ala’a Shehabi

Deputy Director 


Ala'a Shehabi is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) and the Data Manager for the RELIEF Centre, which explores conceptions of prosperity in the age of mass displacement. 

Ala'a was a Senior Researcher at the Work Foundation from 2015-2017 focusing on employment, evaluation and diversity, a lecturer on the Bangor University undergraduate programme at BIBF (Bahrain) and an analyst at the RAND Corporation before that. Between 2012-2015 she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Middle East Studies at Lund University, a consultant at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She was living and lecturing in the Middle-East during the 2011 "Arab Spring" Uprising.

Recent studies that Ala'a has recently led on employment and evaluation include a study into improving female diversity in the legal profession, evaluation of an employment and health initiative in North England and the health of workers in Lebanon. Her research interests lie in the intersection of social and economic policy and development in the Middle-East, prosperity and social justice.

Ala'a received her PhD from Imperial College London in econometrcis, an MSc in Economics and Finance from Warwick University and a BSc in Economics and Statistics from UCL.