Rana Marcel Khalaf


Personal profile



A research consultant, Rana Khalaf is the author of several key publications that seek to bridge the gap between the worlds of activism, academia and policy-making. Her work brings unique access to and expertise on women, local governance, and civil society dynamics in conflict-torn states, with a specific focus on Syria.

With over 12 years of professional experience, she has evaluated projects and provided evidence-based research, consultancy and policy advice to a wide range of stakeholders. These include the European Commission, UN-ESCWA, the Syrian Female Journalist Network, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and the League of Arab States. 

Currently, Rana is a PhD candidate with Manchester University’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, a non-resident fellow with the University of St. Andrews’ Centre for Syrian Studies and an academy associate with Chatham House.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Academy Associate, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs)

1 Nov 20161 Sept 2018

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations
  • Governance
  • Civil Society
  • Syria
  • Women's rights
  • Women's political participation
  • Women and the State
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Governance
  • Civil Society
  • Syria
  • Women's political participation
  • Women's rights

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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