Jenna Harb is a PhD candidate at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in legal studies and business, as well as a Master’s degree in sociology—both from the University of Waterloo.
Jenna also completed three years of a PhD before transferring to RegNet under the Australian Government Research Training Program International Scholarship. Her research areas of interest are surveillance, science and technology studies (STS), social assistance, and social justice. Guided by insights from regulatory studies, STS, and critical humanitarian studies, Jenna’s dissertation examines how social assistance and humanitarian aid are being delivered in Lebanon.
Given sustained crises in Lebanon—such as economic collapse, divisive politics, COVID-19, and the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut—her research tracks how social welfare systems have adapted to challenges over time. Of particular interest, Jenna seeks to understand how technologies and digitalization contribute to relief efforts for in-need populations in the Middle East.