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Boston College School of Social Work

Najwa Safadi

Najwa Safadi

MSW, McGill University; PhD, Boston College

Doctoral Graduation Date

May 2012

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Al-Quds University, Palestine

Research Interests

Poverty and social policy, formulating and implementing anti-poverty policies, dynamics of decision-making, international aid and anti-poverty policies, in Global South countries, Middle East and Palestine

Organization Affiliations

Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), USA; The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), USA

Dissertation Title

The Dynamics of Decision-Making on Formulating Anti-Poverty Policies in Palestine

Awards and Fellowships

The Student Paper Competition and Outstanding Scholarship Awards, Sociology and Social Welfare Division (SSWD) of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, USA; Lotte Marcus Scheldon Prize for innovative research or service project, McGill University, Canada; Palestinian Faculty Development Program (USAID, AMIDEAST, Open Society Institute), Doctoral Fellowship, Palestine; Boston College Doctoral Fellowship, USA; Al-Quds University, MSW Fellowship. Jerusalem, Palestine


Lombe, M., Safadi, N., Newransky, C. (2011). Predictors of welfare and child outcomes in female-headed households in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, 27 (1).

Safadi, N. & Lombe, M. (2011). Exploring the Relationship between Trust in Government and the Provision of Social Service in Countries of the Global South: The Case of Palestine. Journal of Social Service Research, 37 (4).

Safadi, N. & Lombe, M. (Accepted July 2012). Understanding the Role of Civic Engagement and Government Intervention in Predicting Access to Social Services in the Global South: the Case of Palestine. Journal of Policy Practice.