Faith Cowling

Faith Cowling

Migration Studies (2015 cohort)

My research focuses on how gender is negotiated in humanitarian policy and practice. I’m interested in how global goals around gender ‘mainstreaming’ or gender equity in humanitarian aid are manifested in practice. Taking the current humanitarian response to Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a case study, I use ethnographic approaches to investigate the ways that gender considerations are built into humanitarian programming, how they are reflected in policies, and how this translates into practice. I also explore the impact these approaches have on the communities who are the intended beneficiaries of these programmes, for example, if humanitarian programmes affect the way that gender roles are performed within the communities and to what effect.

Before starting my DPhil, I worked in humanitarian programme and policy management for the UK Department for International Development (DFID).  I worked on the Syria response, and subsequently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I hold a BA in Arabic and Persian from SOAS and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from Oxford.