Soraya El Kahlaoui

Postdoctoral researcher

Soraya El Kahlaoui holds a PhD in sociology from EHESS. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Conflict and Development Research Center at Ghent University. Her research focuses on the analysis of the mechanisms of dispossession and the formation of property rights in the MENA region. More specifically, her project aims to offer an innovative re-reading of the dynamics of post-2011 social and political transformation in North Africa (Morocco and Tunisia). She is also the author of the documentary Landless Moroccans and numerous articles such as "Claiming their right to possess.The Guich Oudaya tribe's resistance to land grabbing" published by JNAS. She is also the principal investigator of the Traab project (, which aims to map and visualize property conflicts in North Africa.