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Rukaya Al Zayani

Title: Doctoral Student School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303641

Room: F3237

About Rukaya Al Zayani

Rukaya Al Zayani is a doctoral student in the Gender Studies department at Örebro University. They are researching technology-facilitated sexual violence against Syrian cis/trans women and LGBTI+ in Turkey as part of the Feminist Violence Studies

Rukaya is exploring gendered vulnerability as a phenomenon and how engaging in vulnerability manifests in the lives of refugee women and LGBTI+. They are also researching Turkish online queer intimacies, the different forms of non-heteronormative intimacies Turkish queer individuals are engaging with online.

Rukaya has also worked previously on a British Academy funded project: Transcity Istanbul with Istanbul Bilgi University and Queen’s University, Belfast as a Research Assistant.

She wrote her MA thesis on Discrimination and Gender-based Violence Against Syrian Migrants in Turkey. She has conducted two ethnographic fieldwork projects in Istanbul, and she is currently planning a third one for her Ph.D. research.

Rukaya has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bahcesehir Universitesi and an MA in International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi.

Besides academia, Rukaya is a mental health advocate, a queer feminist, and an activist. Rukaya founded ADA: Anxiety & Depression Association in Bahrain and they are a certified domestic and sexual violence counselor at Shamsha (previously known as Women’s Crisis Care International) since 2016. They also undertook certifications in psychotherapy and cognitive-behavior therapy for their role in ADA.


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