Nidal is a PhD candidate at the IOE, UCL’s faculty of Education and Society, and a British Academy Research Fellow at Ulster University. Her doctoral research focuses on the Sociology of education and educational leadership, with emphasis on transformative leadership learning, critical pedagogies and socio-cultural approaches in multicultural international schools. Her research with Ulster University, School of Education, examines the role of school leaders in shaping teaching and learning through a social justice and critical peace building approach and responding to non-state policies in post-conflict Iraq. Nidal has worked as a teacher and principal in international schools for many years in Lebanon and Qatar before starting her research. Over the last few years, she worked as an Associate teaching Fellow and a post graduate teaching assistant at the IOE. Nidal has co-founded the SWANA Forum for Social Justice at UCL; a research community that focuses on research and activism in the region and hosts researchers in the field. Her publications generally focus on the sociology and politics of knowledge in educational leadership, leadership for social and cultural justice in schools, and the political economy of education in the MENA region.