Lebanon Support is an independent non-governmental, non-religious, non-political, and non-profit making information and research center. Established in 2006, Lebanon Support was registered as a National Non- Governmental Organisation in November 2008 (registered under the number 168/2009 AD). LS aims at enhancing civil society capacity, efficiency and effectiveness through the creation of public spaces forreflection, collaboration and debate on and for civil society in Lebanon. LS’s multidisciplinary approach andevidence and factbased methodologies in civil society work in Lebanon seek to support and develop a civic voice, and work towards better accountability and societal change. Within this framework, LS focuses on information and knowledge sharing and management, production and delivery; as it is within LebanonSupport’s beliefs, that information and knowledge are at the heart of developing adequate strategies and interventions to reduce existing vulnerabilities and marginalisation in the country. LS promotes and supports knowledge sharing between organisations in Lebanon, through the exchange of experiences, ideas and information across sectors and among civil society actors in Lebanon.
Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi | Principal Investigator – LS
A founding member and the Head of Research at Lebanon Support. Marie-Noëlle holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. She is also an associate researcher at the Institut Français du Proche- Orient (IFPO). AbiYaghi is a former researcher at the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Saint Anthony's College at the University of Oxford. She specialises in political behaviour, politicisation processes, social movements and activism, as well as the gendered dynamics of collective action. She has successfully conducted third-party funded projects on migration governance and is currently coordinating a research project on the circulation and reactivation of activist networks and cross-border engagement between Syria and Lebanon.
Research and Project Officer at Lebanon Support, and part of the editorial committee of the Civil Society Review (Lebanon Support’s peer-reviewed journal). Her research focuses primarily on the social effects of migration and asylum governance in Lebanon, notably in the light of the Syrian refugee crisis. She specialises in migration policy analysis, migration & labour market integration as well as on the intersection of migration and human rights. Recently, her research investigates gendered dimensions of migration, activism and agency, and framing processes in refuge. Amreesha holds a BA in Language and Communication and an MA in Discourse and Argumentation from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.