Position 
Visiting Research Fellow
Nationality 
Palestinian Territory
At UNU-CRIS 
15/09/2021 to 31/12/2021
15/01/2022 to 14/04/2022
Research Interests 

Environmental health; public health; climate change; migrants, KAP’s studies, social science-environmental health collaboration, community-based participatory research

Education 

PhD in Environmental Management, University Sains Malaysia
Master of Public Health/Environmental Health, Al Quds University, Palestine

Biographical Statement 

Amal Sarsour was a Visiting Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS. She conducted a scoping review on the health status and health needs of migrants in the context of climate change and regional governance strategies in close collaboration with Ilse Ruyssen.

Her research intended to compile and synthesize the existing literature on the relation between climate change and the health status, health needs, and social patterns of climate-related migrants as well as challenges and opportunities for regional cooperation and agreements.  The review aimed to shed light on the real-life challenges migrants face in meeting their health needs and aimed to better understand the role of regional governance challenges and strategies to protect and promote migrant’s health in the context of climate change.

Amal was working part-time voluntary commitment in the department of public health and primary care – at KU Leuven- Centre for Environment and Health. Amal researched Environment and public health. She was studying the changes in the microbiome among newly arrived migrants (from developing countries) in Belgium.

Previously, Amal Sarsour held academic positions and was a supervisor for Master Students in the field of environment and public health at the University of Al Azhar University and the University of Al Quds- Palestine. Additionally, she worked as a freelance research consultant and training specialist with different national and international organizations work in Palestine. She coordinated and participated in important projects and activities related to the environment and public health among the Palestinian community.