ECR Webinar: The Role of Social Policy in Promoting Human Security in the MENA Region

ECR Webinar: The Role of Social Policy in Promoting Human Security in the MENA Region

In collaboration with the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA), the ECR Initiative of the MENASP Network is organising a webinar on the role of social policy in promoting human security in the MENA region on the 26th of May 2021 via Zoom (Register here).


This webinar seeks to explore the concept of human security within the MENA region. The region has long been marred by protracted conflicts that have a strong multi-dimensional nature. This requires a closer examination of the various threats to social cohesion. Human security proves to be a worthwhile construct to further explore within this context due to its ability to recognise multiple threats – whether from poverty, inequality or political marginalisation.


Not only can human security be defined as a people-centred, multi-disciplinary comprehension of security, above all it seeks to advance the freedom to live in dignity, freedom from fear and freedom from want/need. Freedoms are essential to building a peaceful society.


Linking human security back to its grounding in human development allows for further exploration as to what role social policy can play in promoting human security within the MENA region. The webinar is organised by both the HDCA Thematic Group Human Security and the MENA Social Policy Network and is part of the current GCRF-AHRC project on “Strengthening Security and Social Welfare in the MENA region”.


Confirmed speakers are:

  • Prof Dr Des Gasper, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University
  • Dr Mahmoud Messkoub, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University
  • Dr Nathalie Milbach Bouche, United Nations Development Programme
  • Dr Wali Aslam, Bath University


The event will start with a roundtable where each speaker presents his/her thoughts. Following this, there will be a discussion/Q&A session. The first part will be recorded and shared via HDCA and the MENA Social Policy Network.


During the Q&A/discussion the event will adhere to the Chatham House Rule: When a meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. ​This part will only be recorded for internal purposes and not be shared elsewhere.


This is the third event in a series of webinars organised in the framework of MENASP’s Early Career Researchers initiative. The ECR webinar series aims at discussing relevant social policies related topics that are current and relevant to the region.


The webinar is open for early career researchers who are either working toward finishing their PhD, finished their PhD, in academic training, independent researchers, or anyone who self-identifies as an early career researcher.


  • Date: 26 May 2021
  • Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (CEST) | 13:00 – 14:30 (UK Time)
  • Platform: Zoom. Register here.

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