Professor Mariz Tadros is a 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 on Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), launched in November 2018, and is also the co-leader of the IDS Power and Popular Politics Cluster.
Since joining IDS, she has led several multi-disciplinary, multi-country research programmes in thematic areas relating to civil society and democratization, gender, politics, human security, religion and development. She is currently Co-Director of the DFID-supported RPC on Social and Political Action for Empowerment and Accountability.
Mariz has authored over one hundred publications, and her books 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 and Co-Editor of the IDS Bulletin Ruptures and Ripple Effects in the Middle East and Beyond.
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.