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Zoom In: Dr. Guita G. Hourani – Director of LERC, NDU

Dr. Guita G. Hourani is the Director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science and Co-Founder, Secretary General, Forum Director, and Director of the International Campaign of “Lebanon Land of Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures” (LDI) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU). She has a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), Tokyo, Japan.

She is presently Member of the Network on Migration and International/Human Rights Law in Africa, the Middle East and Turkey initiated by Professor Thomas Spijkerboer, Raoul Wallenberg visiting professor of human rights and humanitarian law, Lund University/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Country of Origin Information Expert on Lebanon for the Fahamu Refugee Programme Oxford, England; Board Member of the Beirut Economics Congress (BEC)- Research Center, Lebanon; Senior Research Affiliate at the Department of Christian Oriental and Byzantine Studies of the Orient Institute, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; Joint Researcher with the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa at TUFS; Expert on Citizenship with the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship, Italy; Network Member and Country Expert with the Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration, Italy; Editorial Board Member Maronite Patriarchal Journal, Lebanon; Member of the Editorial Board of the Eastern Mediterranean Texts and Contexts Series at Abelian Academics, a Division of the Abelian Publishing Group, USA; Director of Research at Carthage Center for Research and Information, Lebanon; and Senior Consultant with the Lebanese Development Network in Lebanon. She is currently teaching a course on the role of diasporas in conflict, peace-building and development, a course on the history of Lebanon, a project management course, and a course on governments and institutions of Lebanon.

She was an Editorial Board Member Mashreq & Mahjar Journal of Middle Eastern Migration Studies, North Carolina State University, USA; member of the Migration Expert Committee of the Directorate of Migrants at the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; a member of the UNDP National Academic Working Group on Migration in Lebanon, as well as an expert on migration for the Maronite Patriarchal Synod. She also served as a Member of the Editorial Board of the Migration Expert for the International Labor Organization MAGNET Program; a Fellow of the Civic Education and Leadership Fellowship program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in New York and a Fellow at the Institute of Christian Oriental Research at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C, USA. Dr. Hourani was an International Development Consultant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. While in the USA, she founded and chaired the Maronites “The Maronite Research Institute (MARI) and the “Journal of Maronite Studies” both were a first. She also pioneered a course on the role of women in war, peace and conflict resolution and lectured on it in various universities and institutions.

Her recent publications include: “State Security and Refugees: Operationalizing the ‘Ladder of Options’ by the Government of Lebanon, Middle East Journal Of Refugee Studies, June 2018; “An Integrated Approach to Syrian Refugees’ Healthcare in Lebanon,” article with  with Jasmin Diab, Journal of Health Science, New York City, 2018; Understanding Socioeconomic and Political Mobility of Naturalized Kurds in Lebanon, Grin Verlag, 2018; “Migrant Support Measures From An Employment And Skills Perspective (MISMES): Lebanon, report with  with  Francesca Rosso of ETF and Dr. Ruth Ferrero-Turrion of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, European Training Foundation (ETF), The European Union, Italy, 2017;  “Proceedings of the Dialogue and Best Practice Forum: Peace, Stability and Prosperity-2016,” report co-edited with Mario Najm and Jasmin Lilian Diab, Lebanon Dialogue Initiative, 2017; “Lebanese Aboard the Titanic Exhibition Catalogue,” co-edited with Jasmin Lilian Diab and Mario Najm, Lebanese Emigration Research Center and the International Lebanese Titanic Committee, 2017; “Situation Report - Bilateral Relations, Security and Migration: Lebanese Expatriates in the Gulf States”, the Lebanese Emigration Research Center, Notre Dame University, Lebanon, 2016; ‘In Line with the Divine’: the Struggle for Gender Equality in Lebanon, a memorial book dedicated to the late Professor Rita Sabat (1974-2013), edited by Dr. Rita Stephan, Dr. Guita Hourani, and Dr. Cornelia Horn, Abelian Publishing, 2015; The Kurds of Lebanon: Socioeconomic Mobility and Political Participation via Naturalization, translated from English into a book in Persian by Ali Mohammadian, Iran, 2015; “Migration patterns in the Global South, the Middle East and North Africa as a Reflection of Policy Alternatives in the Fields of Security, Labor Market, and Social Welfare Planning,” report with  with Eugene Sensenig, Voices from around the World, Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne, Germany, 2015; “Bilateral Relations, Security and Migration: Lebanese Expatriates in the Gulf States,” European Scientific Journal, 2014; “Regional Differences in the Conditions of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon”, article with  with Sam van Vliet, Lebanon Support and the Civil Society Knowledge Center, Lebanon, 2014; “Assessment of The Impact of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Their Employment Profile”, funded by the International Labor Organization, Carthage Center for Research and Information, Lebanon, 2013; “Proposal on Decent Work for Migrants in the Middle East 2012-2014 in Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE”, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Switzerland, the Lebanese Development Network, Lebanon, 2013; “Access to Information in Lebanon: A Survey” funded by the World Bank, published by The Lebanese Transparency Association and the Lebanese Development Network, Lebanon, 2013; “Refugees of the Arab Spring: The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon” with Sam van Vliet, published by the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University of Cairo, Egypt, 2012; “Transit Migration of Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon” and “Migration Intentions of Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon” with Kamal Abou Chedid and Eugene Sensenig, funded by the International Organization for Migration, 2010; “Towards Effective Temporary Labor Migration Schemes: Report on Lebanon and Jordan”, published by the Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration of the European University Institute, Italy, 2011; “Effect of Migration Policies on Human Rights in the European Neigbourhood: The Cases of Georgia, Kosovo and Lebanon” for the Directorate-General for External Policies: Policy Department, The European Parliament, 2011; and “Naturalized Citizens: Political Participation, Voting Behavior, and Impact on Elections in Lebanon (1996-2007)”, published in The Journal of International Migration and Integration), 2011.

Dr. Hourani has conducted research in over 25 countries and given lectures and papers in more than 20 countries. Dr. Hourani has conceptualized, designed methodologies, implemented and written final reports on projects related to migration, refugees, socioeconomic mobility, political participation and voting behavior, integration policies, access to information, among others. Dr. Hourani has, in the last 10 years, received over $655,000 USD in individual and collective grants and tenders to conduct various studies.

Dr. Hourani has received many awards and commendations among them and to name a few are: 
- Appreciation Award, Distinguish Contribution, World Lebanese Cultural Union, Forum on Migration, Dbayeh, Lebanon, 2018.
- Recognition Award, Eminent Personalities from the Land of the Cedars, Focus on Lebanon, Harissa, 2017.
- Cultural Award, Lions Vector Club, Tripoli, 2017.
- Recognition Award for Scholarship in the Field of Lebanese Migration Studies, World Lebanese Cultural Union-British Columbia, 2017.
- Appreciation Award for Actively Strengthening Cultural Ties, Vestige D’Orient and the Cultural Consulate of Latvia in Lebanon, 2017.
- Appreciation Award, The Lebanese Center for the Service of the Arab-Latin American Relations,  2016.
- Appreciation Award, Lebanon Dialogue Initiative, LDI,  2016.
- Communication Certificate and Official Communication Lions Club Pin, Lions Club Governor to Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, Louis Abou Farah, 2014. 
- Distinguished Visiting Professor, Universidad Argentina John f. Kennedy, Argentina, 2014.
- Distinguished Visitor of the City of Rosario, Municipal Congress of Rosario, Argentina, 2014.
- Excellent Leadership, Association of Artists and Intellectuals of Lebanese Descent, Mexico, 2014.
- Recognition for Active Role in Favor of the Lebanese in the World, Byblos Award Association, Mexico, 2014.
- Ambassador’s Award, Ambassador Anthony Andary of Lebanon to Argentina, 2014.
- Appreciation Award, Excellent Services Rendered to the Lebanese Diaspora: 50 Years Commemorative Medal, The World Lebanese Cultural Union, 2010. 
- Appreciation Award, for the Excellent Services Rendered to the Lebanese Diaspora, Gibran Khalil Gibran Bust Award, the Cultural Heritage Committee of the World Lebanese Cultural Union, 2010.
- Appreciation Award, Maronite Community of Cyprus, Lebanon, 2008.


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