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Rania Masri




Instructor, Oral Communication (PT)

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Email: rania.elmasri@lau.edu.lb Twitter: @rania_masri
Office: Nicol G012 - Ext: 1178 - Beirut campus


BS, Conservation of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University
Master in Environmental Management, Duke University
PhD Forestry, North Carolina State University

  • Rania Masri, PhD is a political ecologist, environmental justice activist, and the regional coordinator for the Academic Activist Co-Produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice (acknowlej.org and ejatlas.org).  Rania  has  served as an environmental science professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon(2005-2014), the Environment and Energy Policy Specialist as the UNDP-Regional Office in Cairo (2012-2013),  and Director of the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in North Carolina (in the US).  Most recently, she concluded her tenure as the Associate Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut.  Rania holds a PhD in Forestry from North Carolina State University (2001), and a Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University (1995). Throughout her career, she has worked to bring a holistic, interdisciplinary lens to the environmental sciences, and a recognition that environmental management must encompass a human rights and social justice practice and is, in itself, a struggle for full citizenship. Her writings have centered on issues of ecological sustainability, environmental politics, and social movements. She has also written and organized extensively against the sanctions on Iraq and the occupation of (all) Palestine, as well as civil and environmental rights. With regards to communication specifically, Rania has presented at hundreds of speaking engagements at universities and research centers around the world, and has more than twenty years experience speaking to the press across various media platforms. She also has designed and offered intensive public speaking workshops, and she developed a Speech Writing course for LAU.

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    Book Chapters

    • “Assault on Iraq’s Environment: Radioactive Waste and Disease – The effects of depleted uranium weaponry and blockade.” Iraq: Its History, People and Politics. Ed. by Shams Inati. Prometheus Books. 2003
    • “Iraq: Reconstruction or Deconstruction?” Iraq - a Liberated Country? (Der Irak – ein befreites Land?) Edited by Michael Schiffmann, Rüdiger Göbel, and Joachim Guilliard. Papyrossa Verlag (Germany). 2003
    • Abunimah, Ali and Rania Masri. “The Media’s Deadly Spin on Iraq.” Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War. Ed. by Anthony Arnove. South End Press. Co-Published by Pluto Press in London. 2000. Second Edition – 2002
    • “The Al-Aqsa Intifada: A natural consequence of the military occupation, the Oslo accords, and the ‘peace process.’" The Struggle for Palestine. Ed. by Lance Selfa. Haymarket Books. 2002


    • Contributor. “UNDP Arab Development Challenges Report 2011: Towards the Developmental State in the Arab Region.” Second Revised Edition. Published March 2013. UNDP Regional Centre For Arab States
    • Technical Group. “Environment Outlook for the Arab Region: Environment for Development and Well-being.” UNEP. 2010
    • Abu-Ismail, K., A. Moustafa, and R. Masri. “Development Challenges in the Arab Countries: Food Security and Agriculture.” Volume 2. December 2009. League of Arab States and UNDP
    • Contributor. “Food Security in the Arab World.” UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States. June 2008
    • Paying More, Getting Less: The Impact of Proposed Changes to Corporate Incentive Programs in North Carolina for Fairness, Effectiveness and Accountability. August 2002. Institute for Southern Studies. Durham, NC. USA

    Academic Conference Presentations

    • “Learning from the Earth.”  Keynote presentation.  Social Science Conference: Environment and Social Transformation.  May 19-21, 2017. Al Akhawayn University, Morocco  (in Arabic)
    • “Disposable lands, coasts and lives: the waste management crisis in Lebanon.” Undisciplined Environments: International Conference of the European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE). 20-24 March 2016. Sweden
    • “A narrative of resistance: women and war.” Keynote presentation.  Women: Challenges and Prospects. 28-30 October, 2014. Philadelphia University, Jordan  (in Arabic)
    • “Thirsty in Lebanon.” Environment and Security Issues in the Southern Mediterranean. March 25-27, 2009. Barcelona, Spain

    Journal Articles

    • Darwish, R., N. Farajallah, and R. Masri. “The 2006 war and its inter-temporal economic impact of war on agricultural production.” Disasters. 33: 4. Pages 629-644. 2009.
    • Teaching Amid Despair: Global Warming and Israeli Wars on Lebanon.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. Volume 1. Number 2. November 2007. Routledge.
    • ““Development” -- At What Price? A review of the environmental management of Lebanese authorities (1992-1998).” Arab Studies Quarterly. Volume 21. No. 1. 1999
    • “Environmental Challenges in Lebanon.” Challenging Environmental Issues – Middle Eastern Perspectives. Ed. by Joseph Jabbra and Nancy Jabbra. Journal of Developing Societies, Volume XIII – fasc. 1. June 1997. Brill Academic Publishers. The Netherlands
    • Masri, R., B. Goldfarb, and S, Surles. 1997. “Juvenility and Maturation of Hedged Stock Plants of Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda, L.): Effect of age and serial propagation on cutting morphology, rooting performance, and growth and development of rooted cuttings.” Poster. XI World Forestry Congress. October 13-22, 1997. Antalya, Turkey





  • COM203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    - Political Ecology and Social Change: Focus on the Arab region (American University of Beirut): This graduate course contextualizes political ecology within the Arab region, and, using this framework, examines both the environmental issues facing the region, and the different manners through which civil society organizes around those issues. - Exploring Environmental (In)Justice (American University of Beirut): This graduate course examines issues of environmental quality and social justice, and the complexity of both environmental injustices and the struggle for environmental justice. Four pillars are explored: Principles of Environmental Justice, with a cursory understanding of political ecology; principles of Transformative Change and Power Analysis; overview of issues in the Arab region: economic, social, environmental, political; and the tools and strategies used by organizations and communities for environmental justice, with a focus on the Arab region. - General Ecology (University of Balamand): This course explores: origin and evolution of the biosphere, introduction to climates, ecosystems and biomes; the interrelations of organisms and their environments; and principles of growth, regulation, distribution, structure and energetics of populations and communities. - Environmental Communication Approaches (University of Balamand): This course is based on cooperative learning activities. Students will learn how to organize environmental workshops and will get introduced to the theories and skills of alternative dispute resolution approaches, citizen participation strategies, public participation structures and dynamics, public policy decision making and implementation, risk communication, leadership styles and small group dynamics. - Writing for Environmental Professionals (University of Balamand): This course introduces students to the principles and practice of writing skills required of environmental professionals. Students will develop proficiency in determining the purpose of a document, analyzing the audience; selecting, developing and organizing the information in an appropriate design, and writing clearly, precisely, and effectively. - Introduction to Environmental Sciences (University of Balamand): This course will introduce the principles of basic science and technology involved in processes of environmental change, pollution and protection of natural resources, and their implications to economic and human systems. (For Freshman students only). - Environmental Economics and Development (University of Balamand): Significant environmental destruction is caused by insufficient and incorrect attention to economics. Examples include subsidized prices for natural resources, neglect of external costs and benefits, and an excessive commitment to GNP growth and its neglect of the biophysical system in which the economy is embedded. In this class, students will be introduced to basic micro- and macroeconomics, distribution and trade, and the application of economic and social science principles and techniques to production, consumption, and valuation of natural resources. Students will also study differences between standard economists and the more interdisciplinary ecological economists. - Natural Resource Management and Policy (University of Balamand): Students will study scientific, environmental, social and institutional factors affecting planning and policy making, with a focus on community-based natural resource management. The course focuses on ecosystem based planning and policy issues through development of a multiple-use plan. Sources and use of environmental data are discussed and illustrated. A general overview of environmental laws on the national scale will be attempted. - Ecotourism Planning and Development (University of Balamand): This course offers students a study of the fundamental concepts of nature based tourism planning and its contribution to community development. The course emphasizes the negative and positive economic, social, and environmental impacts of nature based tourism. - Climate Change: The Science and Local Impact (University of Balamand): This graduate course will tackle the science of climate change, drawing attention to the latest research and evolving patterns of scientific data on climate that has emerged in recent years. Emphasis will be given to the scientific aspects of the elements of climate change, measurements, natural and human causes of climatic variations, past and current climates, future projections, economic and ecological impacts, analyzing the social changes and adaptations that human communities have already made and those they will most likely have to make as the Earth’s climate continues to change in the coming years. Special attention will be given to the mitigation - Environmental Management and Policy (University of Balamand): The graduate course will examine the principles, procedures and methods of good environmental management against the background of Lebanese, European Union and international policy requirements and market instruments. Students will be provided with an opportunity for more in-depth study of selected areas of environmental management, as related to current needs. They will be enabled to develop the research and management skills required to collect, analyze and present information in the context of environmental policy, monitoring and auditing.