Lead Country Researcher, Lebanon – RLO Project
Watfa Najdi is an architect, urban planner, and researcher. Her work focuses on the intersection between urban and refugee studies, in particular refugee mobility, livelihoods, and socioeconomic integration in urban areas. Watfa is the Lebanon Research Coordinator for the Refugee-Led Organizations Project at the Centre for Lebanese Studies and the project coordinator at the Refugee Research and Policy Program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (AUB). She has conducted and contributed to research projects on social cohesion and communal relations between refugees and host communities, refugee shelter programs and HLP rights, as well as refugee entrepreneurship and digital livelihoods.