MEET THE JUDGES Rania Masri #Lebanon #MedStoryPrize #RootedEveryday

Rania Masri PhD is a political ecologist, environmental justice activist, and the regional coordinator for the Academic Activist Co-Produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice. Throughout her career, she has worked to bring a holistic, interdisciplinary lens to the environmental sciences, and a recognition that environmental management must encompass a human rights and social justice practice.

Her writings have centred on issues of ecological sustainability, environmental politics, and social movements. She has also written and organized extensively against the sanctions on Iraq and the occupation of (all) Palestine, as well as civil and environmental rights.

Most recently, Rania concluded her tenure as the Associate Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut, and is now teaching at the Lebanese American University.

Rania has also served as an environmental science professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon (2005-2014), the Environment and Energy Policy Specialist as the UNDP-Regional Office in Cairo (2012-2013), and Director of the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in North Carolina (in the US).

Rania holds a PhD in Forestry from North Carolina State University (2001), and a Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University (1995).

Rania will be working with our Lebanese partners Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon as a judge for the Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Prize.

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