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Mai completed her master’s degree in Envirofood: Environmental Protection and Agricultural Food Production at Hohenheim University in Germany. Prior to this, she earned a double bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics and psychology, with a minor in sociology, at Birzeit University in Palestine. She is interested in the interaction among individuals, food availability, modes of production, and society along with how this can lead to sustainable development and resilience within societies. This drove her to write her Master thesis about a related topic, which titled “The Role of Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) in Contributing to Food Sovereignty in West Bank, Palestine”.

 Mai has a passion of research this led her to gain an extensive experience as a research assistance in several and multidisciplinary projects. In 2013 (June-September), she worked as a research assistant at Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD) in Ramallah-Palestine. During her master’s degree studies, she worked as a student assistant in the Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutritional Science at University of Hohenheim on a project called “Food Habits and Nutritional Status of Asylum Seekers Living in Accommodations Supervised by Caritas in Stuttgart, Germany.” In 2017 and 2018, she worked for several months as a scientific assistance in connection with a project entitled “Social conditions of food-related well-being in times of crisis: A study on refugees and their role as knowledge brokers”. Additionally, in 2018 (April-June) she worked as a research assistance at the SME institute,  university of Mannheim, Germany in a project entitled “working in Germany” for the ministry of social affairs and integration in Baden-Württemberg.

Research Interests

Mai’s research interests include food and nutrition security, local food systems, sustainable food production and resource sovereignty. With those interests in mind, she is contributing to the RECOMS ITN with the project Urban agroecology for health and wellbeing. The aim of this research is to investigate the extent to which women’s engagement in resourceful practices in an urban context can impact on their health and wellbeing, also how this engagement can lead to gaining and retaining of knowledge.

Education/Academic qualification

MSc, University of Hohenheim

1 Oct 20141 Feb 2017

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