Ali is a Post-Doctoral Research Officer in the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, Department of International Development at the London School of Economics (LSE). In the Security in Transition project, Ali conducts research about the security gap and human security in relation to the war in Syria.
His research investigates the implications of the war on Syrian society. He has examined governance in ‘rebel-held’ areas; ICT tools and the security of activists in Syria; displacement; and the political economy of war emerging in the country.
Ali’s PhD from the University of East London looked at decision making processes in forced migration in Iraq under occupation; conceptualising forced migration; the relationship between displacement and transformations of the state; and war’s coercive transformations of space. His doctoral research feeds into the War and Cities element of geographies and the security gap, looking at the transformations to Baghdad resulting from war and military occupation