Ghada
Barsoum

Building
Abdul Latif Jameel Hall
Room
2076
Position
Associate Professor
Department
Department of Public Policy and Administration
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Profile

Brief Biography

Ghada Barsoum is associate professor and tenured at the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Her research focuses on issues of youth, gender, employment and poverty. She was recently the principal investigator of a study on informality in Egypt in collaboration with the UNDP regional office. Prior to joining AUC, She was research associate at the Population Council, West Asia and North Africa Office. Barsoum is the author of a book on the employment crisis of female graduates in Egypt and a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Education

PhD, 2005, University of Toronto, Canada

Awards and Honorary Degrees

2015 - Moataz Al Alfi Faculty Research Award, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

2014 - Certificate of Research Excellence - Moataz Al Alfi Research Award,  School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

2014 - Research grant, The American University in Cairo

2014 - Travel Grant,Arab Council for Social Sciences

2013 - Research grant, UNDP Regional Office

2011 - Research grant,The Ford Foundation

Courses Taught

  • Research Methods for Public Policy and Administration
  • Gender in Public Policy 
  • Qualitative Analysis for Policy and Administration
  • Social Policy in the Middle East
  • Social Service Reform
  • Essentials of Public Policy and Administration
  • Core Concepts and Applications for Social and Environmental Policy

Publications

Books

The Employment Crisis of Female Graduates in Egypt. An Ethnographic Account, Cairo: Cairo Papers - The American University in Cairo.

Book Chapters

“A Generation without Work Contracts and Social Security: The Urgency of Policy Focus on Youth Job Informality in Egypt,” in Generation Awakening: The socio-economic situation of Middle East youth on the eve of the Arab Spring”.,(Edward Sayer and Tarek Youssef) Ed(s), Oxford University Press.

“Living with Job Informality and Lack of Social Protection in Egypt: The Urgency for Policy Focus ,” in The Political Economy of Poverty and Social Transformations of the Global South, ZED Publications.

“الشباب العربى والبحث عن سبل التضمين، دراسة عبر عدة دول,” in تحديات التحول اليمقراطي في مصر , القاهرة: مركز العلوم الاجتماعية - جامعة القاهرة.

“Chapter 2: Health,” in Survey of Young People in Egypt, Final Report, Cairo: Population Council, West Asia and North Africa Office.

“Education for the 21st Century.,” in Egypt Human Development Report. Youth in Egypt: Building Our Future, United Nations Development Programme and the Institute of National Planning.

“Youth Life Transitions: Opportunities, Capabilities and Risks,” in Egypt Human Development Report. Youth in Egypt: Building Our Future, Cairo: United Nations Development Programme and the Institute of National Planning.

“Addressing Yemen’s Twin Deficits: Human Development and Natural Resources,” in Generation in Waiting, the Unfulfilled Promise of Young People in the Middle East, (Navtej Dhillon and Tarik Yousef ) Ed(s), Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.

“Adolescent Reproductive Health and Youth,” in Egypt: ICPD @ 15, The Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center, Evidence-Based Population Policy and United Nations Population Fund.

“Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey 2006: A documentation of the Data Collection Process,” in Egypt Labor Market Revisited , (Ragui Assaad) Ed(s), The American University in Cairo.

“Rising Expectations and Diminishing Opportunities for Egypt’s Youth,” in Generation in Waiting, the Unfulfilled Promise of Young People in the Middle East, (Navtej Dhillon and Tarik Yousef ) Ed(s), Washington D.C: Brookings Institution Press.

“Young People’s Job Aspirations in Egypt and the Continued Preference for a Government Job,” in The Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution., (Ragui Assaad and Caroline Crafft) Ed(s), Oxford University Press.

“A Generation without Work Contracts: Youth Informality in Egypt,” in Young Generation Awakening: Economics, Society, and Policy on the Eve of the Arab Spring, (Edward Sayre and Tarik Yousef ) Ed(s), Oxford University Press.

“The Region of Gender Equality Paradoxes: Women in Leadership Positions in the Middle East,” in Handbook of Women in Public Administration: A Global Perspective, Taylor and Francis Books.

Articles

“Incentives Structure and Accountability int he Jordanian Higher Education System,” Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education,.

“The Alignment of the Policy Objectives of Youth inclusion and Population Regulation in Post Arab-Spring Egypt: A Discussion Paper,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 2013-07-01, 33(7/8),410 - 425.

“No Jobs and Bad Jobs,” Cairo Review (on-line edition), 2013-01-06.

“Arab Youth: A Focus on the Challenges of the Employment and Civic Participation,” OIDA International Journal on Sustainable Development,2012-01-01, 5(10), 39-54 .

“When There is 'No Respect' at Work: Job Quality Issues for Women in Egypt’s Private Sector,” OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development,2010-08-01,1(1), 67-80.

“Who Gets Credit? The Gender Biased Strategy of Micro-finance Programs in Egypt,” Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 2006-01-01, 27(1), 51-74.

“Striving for Job Security: The Lived Experience of Employment Informality among Educated Youth in Egypt,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy,2015-03-01,35(3/4).

“We don’t want school bags”: Discourses on Corporate Social Responsibility in Egypt and the Challenges of a New Practice in a Complex Setting,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy,2015-09-01,35(9/10).

“The Public Sector as the Employer of Choice among Youth in Egypt: The Relevance of Public Service Motivation Theory,” International Journal of Public Administration,.

“The Allure of “Easy”: Reflections on the Learning Experience in Private Higher Education Institutes in Egypt,” Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education,.

“Youth–focused active labor market programs in a constrained welfare regime: A qualitative reading of programs in Egypt,” International Journal of Social Welfare,2016-07-26.

“" Jobs for the Youth”: Competing and Overlapping Discourses on Work Informality and Youth Employment in Egypt,” Current Sociology, 2016-05-01, 64(3), 430-446.

“Getting the Money’s Worth: Labor Market Outcomes of Public and Private Higher Education Institutions in Egypt,” International Journal of Educational Development,.

“Quality, Pedagogy and Governance in Private Higher Education Institutions in Egypt,” Africa Education Review,.

“Marketization Less the Evaluative State Role: The Case of Private Higher Education Steering in Egypt,” Comparative Education Review.

“Add “Gender” and “Unemployment”: Understanding Women’s Public Service Motivation in the Middle East."

“Does Private Higher Education Improve Employment Outcomes? Comparative Analysis from Egypt,” Public Organization Review.

“The Force of Bad Jobs and Weak Support: A New Lens to Understanding Women’s Employment Choices in Egypt."

“Egypt’s Many Transitions: Public Administration Reform Vision and implementation Challenges,” International Journal of Public Administration.

Research and Teaching Materials

Aligning Incentives for Better Quality Higher Education: A Focus on Graduates of Commerce and IT in Jordan, Economic Research Forum. Working Paper Series, No. 835.

Aligning Incentives for Better Quality Higher Education: A Focus on Graduates of Commerce and IT in Egypt, Cairo: Economic Research Forum. Working Paper Series, No. 833.

Job Aspirations of Young People: Why is the Government Still a Favored Employer, Economic Research Forum. Working Paper Series, No. 838.

Arab Youth Report: The Road from Protests to Citizenship, Cairo: League of Arab States/United Nations Population Fund.

National efforts toward FGM-free villages in Egypt: The evidence of impact, New York: Population Council, Poverty, Gender and Youth Working Papers Series.

Youth Exclusion in Yemen. Tackling the Twin Deficits in Human Development and Natural Resources. , Wolfenshon Center for Development and Dubai School of Government.

Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey 2006: Report on Methodology and Data Collection, Economic Research Forum.

Youth Exclusion in Egypt, In Search of “Second Chances, Wolfenshon Center for Development and Dubai School of Government.

Technical Writing

Labor market transitions of young women and men in Egypt, International Labor Organization.

Survey of Young People in Egypt. Preliminary Results, Cairo: Population Council, West Asia and North Africa Office.

Towards FGM-Free Villages in Egypt. A Mid-Term Evaluation and Documentation of the FGM-Free Village Model Project,Cairo: Population Council, West Asia and North Africa Office.

Evaluating the Effects of Entrepreneurship Edutainment in Egypt: Randomized Controlled Trial Baseline Report, September 2015, Geneva: International Labor Organization - Taqueem Initiative.

Monograph

“Arab Youth and the Search for Pathways for Inclusion: A Cross Country Study,” Cairo University ,.

“Youth and the Fertility Plateau in Egypt: The Need for New Inclusive Models,” Social Research Center at the American University in Cairo (website).

Consulting

International Labor Organization , Geneva, Wrote the national school-to-work transition report, analyzing data for the survey of 2013 on young people's school-to-work transition,2013-09-20-2014-02-15.

Youth Employment Network (International Labor Organization), Geneva, To carry out a review of youth employment programs implemented in Egypt between 1990 and 2012,2012-10-01-2013-03-31.

UNICEF, Egypt, To provide technical advice (on research methods) to a qualitative study mapping of child protection / child welfare systems in Egypt, 2012-01-01-2012-08-30.

World Food Program, Egypt, To technically review a report on child labor in the agriculture sector in Egypt, with focus on the economic, culture, political and legal aspects, 2012-07-12-2012-08-15.

UNFPA/League of Arab States, Regional, Commissioned to write the "Arab Youth Report" 2011-08-01-2012-01-31.

International Labor Organization, Cairo, Technical review of a report on child labor in Egypt,2011-12-01-2011-12-31.

Population Council, Cairo Office, Provided programmatic advice and training, 2010-09-01-2011-12-30.

External Connection

Speaker  Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, International Organization,

Spoke at their workshop series on work informality in Egypt, 2013-10-02, 2013-10-02.

Services

Committee Chair, Academic Affairs committee

Committee Member, NASPAA accreditation special committee

Committee Member, Jameel Fellowship Selection Committee

Reviewer, Journal Article, IZA Journal of Labor & Development

Reviewer, Journal Article, European J. of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (EJCCM).

Guest Speaker, Training for the parliamentary youth committee researchers

Board Member, Taqeem Evaluation Council/International Labor Organization

Discussant, YEP Forum Third Event on Labor Market Information and Systems

Guest Speaker, Egyptian Forum for Youth Employment Promotion (Egypt-YEP)

Reviewer, Journal Article, American Journal of Sociology

Committee Member, Egyptian Forum for Youth Employment Promotion (Egypt-YEP)

Guest Speaker, British Council

Committee Member, Research Committee

Committee Member, Jameel Fellowship Selection Committee

Committee Member, Academic Integrity Committee as part of the Graduate Advisory Council

Committee Member, Graduate Advisory Committee

Reviewer, Journal Article, International Sociology

Reviewer, Journal Article, Social Science and Medicine

Reviewer, Book, Cairo Papers for Social Sciences

Guest Speaker, Female development workshop: Achieve Your Best Self Workshop - The Coca-Cola Company

Guest Speaker, Egyptian Forum for Youth Employment Promotion (Egypt-YEP)

Committee Chair, Academic Affairs committee

Committee Member, Media Policy Fellowship Selection Committee

Committee Member, Jameel Fellowship Selection Committee

Committee Member, Jameel Fellowship Selection Committee

Guest Speaker, Donors' event: "Education Rising: Can Egypt Leapfrog forward?"

Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, Research Council of Oman

Guest Speaker, Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)

Committee Member, Media Policy Fellowship Selection Committee

Reviewer, Journal Article, Feminist Economics

In the Media

Interview on youth employment issues, Time Magazine, 2013-01-10.

Op-Ed Government jobs: A pursuit of a chimera for youth in Egypt, Daily News Egypt, International Herald Tribune, 2011-02-20.

Interview on youth and marriage. first premiered on CNBC Europe on Wednesday, December 22 at 2200 GMT (2000 Cairo Time). Then repeated: Saturday, December 25 at 11:30 GMT, Sunday, December 26 at 12.30 GMT Wednesday, December 29 at 22.00 GMT, Saturday, January 1 at11:30 GMT, Sunday, January 2 at 12.30 GMT, CNBC, 2010-12-22.

Youth employment issues in Egypt, BBC - Arabic (Dunyana Program), 2015-01-29.

Media presentation on higher education in Egypt, 2016-05-23.

Research Interest
  • Youth inclusive policies
  • Employment and social protection
  • Youth employment programs
  • Evaluation research