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.



Youth employment and politics

Over 40 percent of global populations are under 25 yet young people cannot secure work and increasingly face a crisis of citizenship. Youth Employment and Politics at IDS builds on decades of research to develop knowledge and evidence that contributes to effective interventions that supports,...


Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative (ASLI)

As a part of the Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative, IDS led a workshop exploring needs and vulnerability in Afghanistan. Leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of leading global think tanks working on Afghanistan and aid issues, the resulting report will be based on analysis...


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...




Needs and Vulnerability in Afghanistan

This paper draws on a series of events under the Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative (ASLI). Between December 2021 and February 2022, ASLI convened four workshops led by each of the partner organisations in turn, which brought together senior leaders, decision-makers, experts, researchers...

24 May 2022

Sofya Shahab’s recent work