Dr Dina Mansour-Ille

Head of Research Governance and EditorialPublications


Dina Mansour-Ille holds a PhD in Politics with a focus on political violence, conflict and social movements. For over 10 years, she has worked as a researcher within different institutional settings both in the UK and abroad. She first joined RUSI as a Senior Research Editor after close to 4 years at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), where she worked as a researcher and served as a member of ODI’s Research Ethics Committee. She is an expert on the Middle East and North Africa region and her main research areas of expertise are political violence, radicalisation and violent extremism, fragility, conflict and migration. At ODI, she was the lead on the research agenda on technology, state-society relations and peacebuilding.

Her research has been published in several renowned international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, the Economics of Peace and Security Journal, the International Social Science Journal and Forced Migration Review. She also regularly designed and delivered courses and trainings to students of diverse academic and professional backgrounds. A former diplomat, Dina has also worked in public policy and diplomacy.

Since 2014, she has been an Editor-in-Chief of the Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism­ (SEN) – an international peer-reviewed journal published by Wiley and the Association for the Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) currently based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Dina also holds an MA in International Human Rights Law and is trilingual (English, Arabic and German).

Selected External Publications

Counterterrorism policies in the Middle East and North Africa: A regional perspective’, International Review of the Red Cross, 01 December 2021

Warlord politics and economic clientelism in Lebanon’, Economics of Peace and Security Journal, April 2021

Digital refugee livelihoods and decent work: Towards inclusion in a fairer digital economy’, International Labour Organization (ILO), April 2021

Hazard Information Profiles: Supplement to UNDRR-ISC Hazard Definition & Classification Review: Technical Report’, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), 2021

Strengthening coordinated education planning and response in crisis contexts: Synthesis report’, Overseas Development Institute, May 2020

Strengthening coordinated education planning and response in crises: Iraq case study’, Overseas Development Institute, May 2020

Social Media and the Dynamics of Radicalization and Violent Extremism among Female Migrant Workers’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 18 January 2020

Research Report on Forced Displacement: World Commission on Forced Displacement’, Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, 2019

From Exclusion to Resistance: Migrant Domestic Workers and the Evolution of Agency in Lebanon’, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 1 February 2018

The Jordan Compact: lessons learnt and implications for future refugee compacts’, Overseas Development Institute, 8 February 2018

The gig economy in complex refugee situations’, Forced Migration Review, June 2018

The economic dimensions of mobility: access to jobs and sustainable livelihoods’, Overseas Development Institute, 26 September 2018

Migration as an opportunity: evidence of labour migration initiatives’, Overseas Development Institute, 12 July 2018

Syrian women refugees: opportunity in the gig economy?’, Overseas Development Institute, 13 September 2017

Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction: Practices for Inclusion’, International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2017

Sustainable cities: internal migration, jobs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, Overseas Development Institute, 14 October 2016

Rational atrocities and state formation: A game theoretic approach to the case of ISIS’, Economics of Peace and Security Journal, 2015


Latest publications

View all publications