Rania is a DPhil candidate in Social Policy. Her Doctoral thesis “Distributive Politics and the Allocation of Public Finance in Egypt” addresses the main causal factors that drive spatial variation in the distribution of public resources in electoral authoritarianisms. The argument presented in this dissertation is illuminated through the case of Egypt under Mubarak. It is based on a mixed-methods design and draws on elite interviews, policy documents, minutes of parliament and regression analysis. Her further research interests include public sector reforms, governance and the political economy of social protection in the Middle East.
During her time at Oxford, Rania has taught courses in Social Policy, Entrepreneurship and Economics to undergraduate as well as high school students. Parallel to her research, Rania also works as social policy consultant in the Middle East. She has recently completed a consultancy project for the Social Protection and Labor Unit at the World Bank Group on the strategic directions for social protection in Egypt.
Rania graduated from the American University in Cairo with first class honours in Business Administration and Economics. She also holds a MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford. Her Master’s thesis focused on unpacking the social impact of phasing out energy subsidies in Middle Eastern countries of limited institutional capacity.
Rania is co-supervised by Dr Adeel Malik (International Development and Centre for Islamic Studies).