Hanaa Almoaibed

Socioeconomics Program

Dr. Almoaibed is a Research Fellow at KFCRIS. She joined KFCRIS in March 2020. 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. Hanaa managed several multi-stakeholder projects related to youth and careers, building relationships between private and public sector entities. She currently advises ZADK Culinary Academy in Al-Khobar on curriculum and strategy and works on multiple initiatives for women’s empowerment. She is also a Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. Her research focuses on education, work, youth and gender in Saudi Arabia, with an emphasis on vocational education and training.


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 Policy-Making in Saudi Arabia: Transforming Society, Economics, Politics and Culture, London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming.

"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.