Lana Ahmad is an MSc Candidate in Comparative Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Originally from Saudi Arabia, she read her undergraduate degree at King’s College London where she achieved a First-Class honours BA degree in International Relations with her second year studying at UCL’s Political Science Department. During her undergraduate studies, her research focused on the effects of neo-liberal governmental policies on youth employment and labour market institutions in the Arab World. In 2017, Lana was accepted to the prestigious Winter Programme at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva were she further refined her research on global governance. Upon graduating, her interest in policy led her to work as a Research Assistant at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) in Riyadh where she researched the future of Saudi Arabian women in the labour market through social interventions. She then moved to Tokyo to continue as a Social Development Intern at Refugees International Japan (RIJ) where she facilitated international development initiatives for returnees and refugees in the form of creating labour market and educational opportunities on a global scale.
At Oxford, Lana hopes to build on her knowledge of labour market economic policies, social interventions, and research methods both qualitative and quantitative. Her research at the department is focused on attempting to identify the causes of the gender unemployment gap between the thirteen administrative regions of Saudi Arabia using Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fs/QCA). The method used will proceed on the assumption of equifinality, in which causation can occur by different explanatory routes, and will also assume conjunctural causation whereby combinations of conditions are responsible for causal effects rather than individual conditions.