Zahra Asghar

Zahra Asghar
2019-2020 UNDERGRADUATE FELLOW

Biography

Zahra Asghar '20 is an undergraduate student concentrating in Behavioral Decision Sciences within the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences and Middle East Studies under the Watson Institute for International Affairs. Her primary interest within these disciplines is decision-making within the humanitarian sector, specifically in the context of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Her thesis, entitled "Dialogue under Humanitarian Governance: The Creation of Water and Sanitation Networks in Zaatari Camp," explores the creation of the wastewater and water networks within Zaatari—systems which are not only the first of their kind within a refugee camp, but are also considered to be of a higher standard than similar infrastructure in local Jordanian communities. Her research seeks to provide insight into the factors that allowed for and encouraged this major shift in humanitarian policy, with a focus on the different forms of dialogue that took place between the humanitarian organizations governing the camp and the Syrians living within it, as well as on the preliminary implications of the change.