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Sameera Awawda

Assistant researcher and coordinator-responsible for Communications, the AHEAD network.

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Sameera Awawda holds a PhD in Economics from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Aix Marseille University. She is also a research assistant at the Institute for Research and Development (IRD), Marseille, France and the Institute of Community and Public Health (ICPH), Birzeit University, Palestine. She acts as the assistant coordinator for the AHEAD Research Network. She obtained her master in Mathematical Economics from Birzeit University. Her research interests include the evaluation of public policies and health inequalities, economic modeling and microsimulation techniques with a particular focus on health and social welfare. 


Shelabya A., Abdul Rahim H., Abul Naga R., Awawda S., Mataria A., Abu-Zaineh M., Farag M. and Kaddar M Covid-19: Public policy responses and health consequences in the Arab region. Hikama, 1: 141-156.

Abu-Zaineh, M., Awawda, S. & Ventelou, B. (2020) Who bears the burden of Universal Health Coverage? An assessment of alternative financing policies using an overlapping-generations general equilibrium model. Health Policy and Planning, 35(7): 867–877.

Awawda, S.; Abu-Zaineh, M. and Ventelou, B. (2019) The quest to expand the coverage of public health insurance in the occupied Palestinian territory: An assessment of feasibility and sustainability using a simulation modelling framework. The Lancet, 393, Special Issue, S17, March 01, 2019

Awawda, Sameera, and Mohammad Abu-Zaineh An Operationalizing Theoretical Framework for the Analysis of Universal Health Coverage Reforms: First Test on an Archetype Developing Economy. 2019. AMSE working paper

Abu-Rmeileh, N., Ghandour, R., Mataria, A., Awawda, S., Jabr, S. and O'Flaherty, M. (2017) Time to act on diabetes mellitus prevention in the West Bank, oPt: Current and future direct cost of diabetes and its complications. Obesity Medicine, 2017, 6, 18-22