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Mariz Tadros

Director (CREID)

Professor Mariz Tadros is a professor of politics and development and an IDS Research Fellow specialising in the politics and human development of the Middle East. Areas of specialisation include democratisation, Islamist politics, gender, sectarianism, human security and religion and development.

Mariz convenes the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), launched in November 2018. She is also the PI of the British Academy initiative on heritage repertoires for sustainable development in Egypt and beyond.

Since joining IDS, she has led several multi-disciplinary, multi-country research programmes in thematic areas relating to civil society and democratisation, gender, politics, human security, religion and development. She was formerly Co-Director of the DFID-supported RPC on Social and Political Action for Empowerment and Accountability.

Mariz has authored over one hundred research outputs, and her monographs include: Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt, The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy redefined or confined? and Copts at the Crossroads: The challenges of building an inclusive democracy in contemporary Egypt. Mariz is also editor of Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development. Her latest co-edited book with Kenneth Ross and Todd Johnson is Christianity in North Africa and the Middle East, and she has also edited or co-edited several IDS Bulletins, the latest being in 2020: Collective Action for Accountability on Sexual Harassment: Global Perspectives (with Jenny Edwards).

Prior to joining IDS, Mariz Tadros was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo and worked for many years as a journalist for Al-Ahram Weekly English language newspaper in Cairo, where she published over 300 articles on a variety of subjects including civil society, women in Egypt and the Arab region, poverty and social justice. She has extensive experience as a development practitioner and worked as a consultant for many international organisations, including the Ford Foundation. Mariz obtained her doctorate from Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford in 2004.

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Pakistan Hub

The Pakistan Hub provides focus in a country at the leading edge of development thinking and practice and is centered on a long-term partnership between IDS and the highly regarded Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). It recognises that...


Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID)

The Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) provides research evidence and delivers practical programmes which aim to redress the impact of discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, tackle poverty and exclusion, and promote people’s wellbeing and...

Programme and centre

Addressing and mitigating violence

Generating practical policy options for states and citizens so they can better address and mitigate violence in both rural and urban settings.


Rockefeller Shan project

The Shan are a Tai people closely related to the Tai of Thailand, Laos and Yunnan and are one of the ethnic minorities in the Shan States of Myanmar. The Shan are Theravada Buddhists. There is no accurate data but it is estimated that over six million live in the Shan States with a total land...



Who is afraid of the Taliban?

Who is afraid of the Taliban? Anyone who is on the wrong side of their religiously homogenising project should be, warns Mariz Tadros. Since the seizure of power by the Taliban following the downfall of Kabul on the 15 August 2021, alarm bells have sounded with respect to the future of...

19 August 2021


Disability and FoRB: addressing intersecting inequalities

When tackling inequalities and discrimination on the basis of people's religion or belief,  CREID Director and IDS Fellow, Mariz Tadros outlines why it's important to look at other dimensions of people's identity and experiences such as gender, class, ethnicity and disabilities. A commitment...

28 June 2021


Mariz Tadros’s recent work


To ‘leave no one behind’ we must address religious inequalities

This week (5 and 6 July) the UK Government hosts a major International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB).  Aiming to “strengthen international efforts to ensure FoRB for all” the conference is convening events with international government ministers, faith...

4 July 2022


Invisible targets: time to focus on women and religious minorities

In the latest CREID Working Paper, published earlier this month, CREID Director Mariz Tadros sets out why we need to look at the intersecting inequalities affecting women from religious minorities. In her paper, Dr Tadros puts forward five propositions on why the experiences of religious...

24 September 2020