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Zainab Mehdi

Research Analyst

Role at Trilateral

Part of the Applied Research and Innovation (ARI) team, Zainab’s research duties focus on identifying and encouraging responsible innovative solutions and areas in which new research and technology can support innovation for social good.

At present, Zainab’s work at Trilateral Research focuses on conducting research for the COVINFORM project, an EU-funded project examining the impact and response of COVID-19, particularly on vulnerable groups.


Zainab’s background lies in research and journalism focusing predominantly on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Areas of interest include governance, development, and conflict as well as women’s rights in the region. Alongside her work at Trilateral Research, Zainab is a part-time Women and Security Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF). Occasionally, Zainab also works as a Freelance Journalist shedding light on current Iraqi affairs. Zainab has previously worked at the London School of Economics’ Middle East Centre, British Red Cross in London, and Center for Arab-West Understanding in Cairo.

Determined to encourage policy change and implementation in the MENA region, Zainab has worked and will continue to work on projects aimed at policymakers. Whilst working as a Researcher at the London School of Economics’ Middle East Centre, for example, Zainab co-authored a policy brief aimed at improving public water infrastructure in Basra Governorate, southern Iraq.

Zainab holds a BSc in Modern History and International Relations from the University of Essex and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her BSc Dissertation investigated US policy in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s War with Iran in the 80s, whilst her MA dissertation focused on the reconstruction of identities amongst the Iranian female diaspora in London.

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