Dr Yara Jarallah

Senior Lecturer in Population Studies, Undergraduate Advisor

Qualifications: BA (Birzeit University); MSc (American University of Beirut); PhD (Brown University)

About Me


My research programme considers the interplay between family processes (marriage and fertility), war and conflict, and health and well-being outcomes to understand social stratification and inequality. Inspired by the power of mixed methods and strong grounding in each, I employ demographic techniques of event history modelling (survival analysis), quantitative methods (from censuses, cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys), qualitative methods (from in-depth interviews and focus group discussions) and mixed methods approaches to my research.

Much of my work is interdisciplinary and cuts across research in family sociology, demography and public health. My work predominantly focuses on populations in conflict and post-conflict settings including forced migrants (refugees and asylum seekers)  predominantly from the Arab World.


Social Demography; Statistics; Quantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods; Mixed Methods; Family Sociology; Marriage, Partnership and Family Formation in the context of war and conflict; Gender Role Attitudes; Forced Migration and Refugees; Social and Political Determinants of Health; Women’s Health and Well-being; Violence Against Women; Gender; Life course; Arab World; Australia.


Moana Rarere (PhD, Demography). Māori Fertility Patterns and Whānau Formation in the 21st Century (Supervisor).

Love Umesi (PhD, Demography). Underlying and State Level Contextual Causes of Early Childhood Mortality in Nigeria (Supervisor).


I welcome supervision on areas that are related to my research programme and research interests.


The Effect of Civil War and Forced Displacement on Syrian Refugees’ Key Life Course Transitions (2020-2021). Strategic Research Fund, The University of Waikato.

The MuSeS Project: Multicultural and Settlement Services Supporting Women Experiencing Violence. (2017-2020). ANROWS.

Recent Publications

  • Jarallah, Y., & Hogan, D. (2020). Conflict and Fertility in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In L. Jay Cho (Ed.), Festschrift in Memory of Professor Donald J. Bogue of the University of Chicag (pp. 190-210). Yonsei University Press.

  • Jarallah, Y. (2020). The ties that bind? Marriage formation, consanguinity and war in Lebanon and Palestine. In The Population Association of America's 2020 annual meeting. Washington DC, USA [Cancelled] but held virtually.

  • Jarallah, Y. (2020). The ties that bind? Marriage formation, consanguinity and war in Lebanon and Palestine. In The European Population Conference 2020. Padova, Italy [Virtual Conference]. Retrieved from

  • Jarallah, Y. (2020). Turning the gaze inward: Academia, knowledge production and COVID-19. Retrieved from

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: K.3.02
Phone: +64 7 838 4685