“As an American born Syrian. I had the wonderful opportunity to do my masters in London with a Saïd Foundation scholarship. Living in London, being constantly surrounded by people from different countries and ethnicities, speaking different languages was hugely inspiring in itself. I can tell you with no hesitation that studying in the UK is so much more than just a year abroad and you will come out of it with more than just a degree.”
Before her postgraduate studies Nour completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of Maryland, USA. During her studies Nour completed a full academic year in Alexandria, Egypt with the Arabic Overseas Flagship Program. After graduating, Nour moved to Lebanon where she worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized branch of the United Nations. She was selected to be one of the research assistants responsible for conducting extensive research on one of the focal topics at the ILO, Women Migrant Domestic Workers in the MENA region. The research was later used in one of the Regional Tripartite Conference to promote ILO Convention 189.
Nour conducted her dissertation research in Lebanon; during her time there she worked as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Women’s Studies in the Arab World. Whilst working at the Institute Nour updated their awareness guides for domestic workers in Lebanon. Nour introduced a new guide that was targeted towards Lebanese families in a bid to raise their awareness of the roles and responsibilities of domestic workers in the country. This guide formed part of Nour’s dissertation and it was published by the Institute in August 2017.