It gives me immense pleasure in announcing the appointment of Nina’s new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Sandra Phelps.
There is no doubt in my mind that Sandra will add tremendous value and will be a huge asset to Team Nina. With her wealth of experience, devotion and dedication, Nina’s lull in activities over the past few months will not only be followed by a storm of articles and events but will also be a quantum leap for our beloved Nina.
Please join me in welcoming her and if you have any questions, suggestions or requests then get in touch with her directly on sandra.phelps@nina-Iraq.com
Below is a short biography of Dr. Phelps:
Sandra Phelps works in the dovetailing worlds of education, research and development. She is a lifelong student of gender and postcolonialism; areas of scholarship that inform her work. In 2006 and soon after completing her Ph.D., Sandra moved to Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where she was a fortunate member of the small team responsible for establishing the University of Kurdistan-Hewler. During her tenure at the University of Kurdistan Sandra also directed a local Kurdish Civil Society Organization focused on inclusive development, human rights, religious dialogue and peacebuilding.
In 2011 Sandra moved to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco where she taught at Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane and worked with Atlas Mountain women’s economic empowerment. In 2012, she returned to Iraq to work on an access to justice program based in Baghdad, Iraq and in 2014 her work took her to Afghanistan where she directed youth and women programming on a civic engagement program. Sandra is currently an Education Specialist planning initiatives to strengthen education programs for youth and women. She has a dedicated interest in working with civil society strengthening and has worked with CSO’s in Iraq, Morocco, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pacifica and Australia.
Holding the belief that there is “no peace without justice” Sandra supports inclusive development and education with a vision that social, political and economic security is the right of all. Her work is directed at bringing erstwhile occluded groups such as women, youth and people with disabilities to the decision-making tables so that better decisions are made.
Sandra holds a PhD specialising in Feminist and Postcolonial Studies from University of Sydney and a MA in Sociology and Social Policy along with a BA in Education and Sociology from University of Waikato, New Zealand.