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.



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...



Safeguarding religious sites

The UN General Assembly has voted to adopt a resolution protecting religious sites. Recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria have seen vast swathes of religious heritage (including mosques, churches, shrines and temples) intentionally targeted and destroyed. However, this is not a new phenomenon and...

11 February 2021