Latifa Laghzaoui, Ph.D. | Webster University Thailand

Latifa Laghzaoui, Ph.D.

LatifaFaculty, Social Anthropology  






BA; English Language and Literature (Universite Mohammed V – Fes (Morocco)
MA; Social Anthropology (University of Kent at Canterbury – UK)
Ph.D Social Anthropology (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London UK)

Biography & Research Interests:

University Lecturer (Webster University UK; Richmond College (London), and SOAS (London)

Advocacy Officer, Researcher and Policy Advisor; Amnesty International (International Secretariat - London);

Head of Human Rights Office; UN Political Mission in Iraq

BBC Radio and TV, ITV (UK) - Consultant and Researcher on Human rights issues (inc Child labour, Berber culture and rights, AIDS awareness in MENA)

Human Rights (esp, Refugees, Armed Conflicts, Child Labour, Civil Society Development, Islam, Gender, the Middle East and North Africa, Organisational Accountability,

After completing her Ph.D, Dr Laghzaoui pursued her academic career teaching at SOAS, Richmond College and Webster University London.  She moved to work with Amnesty International (AI) in its London Headquarters where she held a number of key positions involving research, advocacy and policy work on MENA, Asia and Africa.  After her fifteen-year career with AI, Dr Laghzaoui joined the UN political mission in Iraq and headed the regional Human Rights Office in Iraqi Kurdistan.  Her time with the UN was devoted to protecting and promoting human rights in Kurdistan while working closely with the Kurdish Government and civil society. 

In recent years, Dr Laghzaoui has focused her teaching expertise on Social Sciences, Human Rights and International Relations at different national and international universities in Thailand. 

Courses Frequently Taught

  • International Migration
  • Islam in IR
  • Middle East Area Studies
  • Ethnography of the Middle East
  • International Organisations
  • Human Trafficking
  • Research Methods

Selected Presentations & Publications:

  • Islam and Human Rights
  • Labour rights in the garment industry in Morocco
  • Rites and Rights of Muslim Pilgrims (Haj)
  • Human Rights Research; challenges and dilemmas
  • Middle East – Family and Gender dynamics
  • Human Trafficking: a Human Tragedy in Asia
  • Civil Society development and Rights-based approach
  • Syrian Refugees in Thailand
  • Thailand Medical Tourism and geo-politics in the Middle East
  • How refugee-centered are Cultural orientation Programmes?