DD_Editor_in_Chief.jpgDr. Dima Dabbous is the UNESCO lead researcher and senior consultant on media in the Arab World. She was visiting assistant professor at Stanford University (Centre on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law) in 2014 where she completed research on the Lebanese Publications Court jurisprudence on freedom of expression between 1999 and 2014 (http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/people/dima-dabbous).She is also assistant professor of media and gender studies at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut. Since 2007, Dr. Dabbous has been serving as editor-in-chief of Al-Raida (The Pioneer), the feminist flagship publication by the Institute for Women Studies in the Arab World, which she has successfully turned it into a peer-reviewed academic journal in 2013.

Since 2002, Dr. Dabbous has been participating as an expert on media and gender-sensitive communication policies in several international working groups and expert meetings organized by the United Nations and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA). She is currently acting as the lead researcher for the UNESCO assessment report on media in Morocco, using the Media Development Indicators (MDIs) and applying a gender perspective throughout the study.

Dr. Dabbous has published several scholarly books, book chapters, and articles on broadcast regulation in Lebanon and the Arab world, with particular emphasis on public service broadcasting and media monitoring during national elections. She has also published on women and Islam on Arab satellite television, specifically al-Jazeera. Her latest publications include the book titled Regulating Lebanese Broadcasting: A Policy Analysis, and a 5-chapter comparative analysis in Public Service Broadcasting in the MENA Region: Potential for Reform. Paris: Open University of Barcelona (OMEC) and the Institut Panos Paris, 2012 (pp. 37-197).