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Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institute for Social Anthropology

Najwa Adra, PhD

Dr. Najwa Adra is a cultural anthropologist with over 30 years of field research and experience in international development. Her doctoral dissertation, Qabyala: The Tribal Concept in Yemen’s Central Highlands, examined the emic bases of tribal organization and identity in Yemen. In development, she has worked on projects as diverse as linkages between informal and formal legal systems, changing women’s roles in agriculture, adult literacy and intangible heritage. Currently a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Najwa Adra is finalizing her book, Tribal Dynamics and Nation Building in Yemen.