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Fahad Alsharif



Dr. Fahad Alsharif joined the KFCRIS as a senior research fellow in 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Political Economy from the University of Exeter, UK. His Dissertation, supervised by Professor Tim Niblock, was titled: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Undocumented Labour in Saudi Arabia: The Case of Jeddah. In addition, he has a Ph.D. (A.B.D.) in Political Science at the Southern Illinois University, US. His major fields were in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Public Administration, and Research Methods as a minor. He received his M.Sc. in Administration specializing in Management from the Lindenwood University (Summa cum laude). His Master Thesis was on the work environment in Aramco, especially the work condition, the concept of time, and other related issues in this multi-national enterprise. He received his B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, US. Prior to joining the KFCRIS, he worked as an independent consultant and researcher at various public and private agencies inside and outside of Saudi Arabia in the fields of methodology and the political economy of documented and undocumented labor migrants in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. His previous experiences include working as an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Lecturer in Saudi Arabian and American higher education institutions in the fields of Middle East politics and business administration. At present, his research interests cover public policies and international migration, the political economy of migration of the GCC labor market. Furthermore, Alsharif has supplementary research and teaching interests in comparative politics, international relations, research methods, and organizational behavior, development, and theories. He contributed a book chapter (2017) on irregular migration to the Gulf titled: “Calculated Risks, Agonies, and Hopes: A Comparative Case Study of the Yemeni and Filipino Undocumented Migrant Communities in Jeddah,” in Philippe Fargues and Nasra Shah (ed.) In 2017, Alsharif and a research team from KFCRIS received a research grant sponsored by Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) and funded by the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) of Saudi Arabia under an agreement with Harvard University, School of Government (EPoD0) program. The project entitled “Skill Development and Job Creation in Saudi Arabia: An Assessment of the King Abdullah Scholarship Program (KASP) in Light of the Saudi National Transformation Program”. Currently, he is working on several research projects that study the Saudi labor market, immigration and immigrants under different conditions & background.


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