Hanaa Almoaibed

Socioeconomics Program

Dr. Almoaibed is an Associate Research Fellow at KFCRIS. Her research focuses on education, work, youth, and gender in Saudi Arabia, with an emphasis on vocational education and training. She obtained her PhD from University College London's Institute of Education, her MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science, and her BA from University of Washington. She is also a Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. She currently advises on multiple initiatives related to education and gender, and is Vice President for Research at the Arab Institute for Women’s Empowerment “Nusf.”


Publications at KFCRIS

"Good Jobs and Bad Jobs”: Employment Attitudes, Perceptions, and Priorities in Saudi Arabia," Dirasat 61, 2021. (Co-authored with Mark C. Thompson)

"Sustainability in Saudi Arabia: The Question of Food," Commentary, 2020. (Co-authored with Mark C. Thompson)

Elevating the Status of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Saudi Arabia: The Need for Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement and Student Motivation,” Special Report, 2020.

"Education and Job Opportunities: How Do Schooling Practices Affect Young Saudis’ Transition to University and Employment?," Commentary, 2020.


Major Works

"Vocational Education and Training in Saudi Arabia: How Decisions about TVET Can Help Align Education Policies with Young People's Aspirations," in Mark C. Thompson and Neil Quilliam (eds.), Governance and Domestic Policymaking in Saudi Arabia: Transforming Society, Economics, Politics and Culture, London: I.B. Tauris, 2022.

"Transplanting Failures: The Role of the Global Education Industry in Saudi Arabia," in Alexander W. Wiseman (ed.) Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2020, West Yorkshire: Emerald Publishing, 2021.

"Tailoring a Local Approach: Extending EU Policy Objectives to Facilitate Technical and Vocational Education to Work Transitions in Saudi Arabia," in Adel Abdel Ghafar and Silvia Colombo (eds.) The European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council: Towards a New Path, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

"Education in Saudi Arabia: Challenges and Opportunities," Regional Programme Gulf States Policy Brief, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 2020.