People Project II

Marie-Christine Heinze (Head of Project)

Marie holds a master in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and International and European Law from the University of Bonn and a master in Peace and Security Studies from the University of Hamburg. Her PhD on material culture and socio-political change in Yemen in the field of social anthropology at the University of Bielefeld was successfully completed in 2015. From 2012 to 2014, she was head of a Volkswagen Foundation-funded research project on the ‘revolution’ in Yemen at the University of Bonn, which was co-implemented with the Yemen Polling Center in Sanaa. She is also co-founder and President of the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) and editor of the Jemen-Report, the magazine of the German-Yemeni Society. Since 2008, she has regularly worked as a consultant on development and political change in Yemen.


Bilkis Zabara (Director of GDRSC)

Bilkis has been Director of the Gender-Development Research and Studies Center (GDRSC) at Sana’a University since 2011. She coordinates a master program in International Development and Gender (MIDG) to graduate creative development professionals. In her lectures and the research she supervises, she tries to link gender issues with natural resources and development. She has been coordinating a master program in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) since 2005 at the Water and Environment Center (WEC), Sana’a University, and holds lectures in ‘Water chemistry’ and ‘Gender and Water’. She also worked in consultancy projects related to water and gender issues in Yemen for the World Bank, GIZ, IUCN and others. Bilkis holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Sana’a University (2004).


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