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 a her second year studying at UCL’s Political Science Department. During her undergraduate studies, Lana focused her research on social and public policy and their intersection with global governance, specifically focusing her thesis on the effects of neo-liberal governmental policies on youth employment and labour market institutions in the Arab World. While still in her second year of university, Lana was accepted to the presitious Winter Programme at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva were she continued her research on harmonisation in global governance and policy networks as institutional expression. Upon her graduation, her interest in policy led her to work as a research assistant at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she researched the future of Saudi Arabian women in the labour market through social interventions, targeted policies, and legislation. Lana then moved to Tokyo, Japan 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 qualititive and quantitaitve. Her research at the department is focused on attempting to identify the causes of the variation in the levels of female unemployment 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.