Ellie Ralph is a PhD student in Politics and International Relations within the School of Social, Political and Global Studies. Ellie completed her Masters in Criminology & Criminal Justice at Keele in 2017, following on from receiving a BA in Criminal Justice from Liverpool John Moores University (First class with Honours) in 2016.

Alongside her studies, Ellie has collaborated on a variety of research projects with the Criminology department and Education department at Keele University. In addition to this, she has enjoyed playing an active part in sessional teaching in the Criminology department over the last few years. 

Outside of her studies, Ellie is the Editor-at-Large for the popular PGR student blog ‘Pubs & Publications’. She also is learning Levantine Arabic in her free time.

Research and scholarship

PhD: Politics & International Relations

Supervisors: Dr Moran Mandlebaum, Dr Naveed Sheikh

Provisional title: Lebanese NGOs in the Syrian Refugee Crisis: The perceived strengths and strains in local NGO relationships with other humanitarian and political actors (2011-2022)

This thesis explores the perceived operational strengths and strains that Lebanese local non-governmental organisations (LNGOs) have faced during their relationships with other actors in managing the Syrian refugee crisis since 2011. The research entails a multifaceted enquiry, in that it engages not only with the question of how Lebanese LNGOs engage with Syrian refugees, but it goes further into analysing an exceedingly complex refugee management system that revolves around the Lebanese State, international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs). Alongside this, the research includes an in-depth examination of the contextual history of refugee management in Lebanon and considers the concept of ‘institutional amnesia’ to aid understandings of the perceptions of the crisis. In terms of analytical framework, the research will triangulate LNGOs with IGOs, INGOs and the Lebanese State to offer an assessment of the dynamics of the relationships that contribute towards negotiating the ongoing refugee crisis in Lebanon using a ‘social network analysis’ model. The thesis places local voices at the centre of the research through semi-structured interviews with a range of LNGOs formally and informally responsible for managing the crisis. Not only does the research empirically focus on the refugee crisis from the vantage point of Lebanese LNGOs, rather than the Lebanese State or international actors, but it acknowledges that the actions from this group are imperative in supporting the country’s day-to-day management of Syrian refugees. The main aim of this project is to provide a greater understanding of LNGO’s perceived strains and strengths in their relationships with actors in Lebanon when managing the Syrian refugee crisis.



Ellie has taught on the following Criminology modules:

  • Understanding Crime (CRI-10010)
  • Psychology and Crime (CRI-10012)
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice (CRI-10013)
  • Investigating Crime:  Criminological Perspectives (CRI-10014)
  • Punishment: Beyond Popular Imagination (CRI-10015)

And on the Social Work module:

  • Applying Social Work Knowledge and Research (SWK-30001)

And on the Education modules:

  • Dissertation - Education (EDU-40027)
  • Understanding Learning (EDU-10033)