Sofya Shahab

Research Officer

Sofya is a Social Anthropologist specialising in fragile and conflict affected contexts. Her most recent research explores community-based responses to the physical and existential displacements resulting from heritage destruction among ethno-religious minority groups in Iraq and Syria.

Sofya joined IDS in June 2020 as part of the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID).

Prior to joining IDS, Sofya completed her PhD at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization in Melbourne. She has taught courses on Global Heritage, the Anthropology of Poverty and Development and Urban Spaces, Global Places. Sofya has over eight years of experience designing and evaluating humanitarian interventions in the Middle East and Afghanistan.



Why heritage sites are vital to identity and survival

Heritage sites play a vital role in sustaining community identities as well as individuals’ personal wellbeing. In the Middle East, religious minorities have not only suffered physical violence at the hands of Daesh but also systematic destruction of the heritage sites which nurture their very...

30 July 2020