Semsia joined SESRI as a research assistant in 2013 upon graduating from Qatar University with a BA in International Affairs. Her work spans from questionnaire development, data analysis using SPSS and Stata, to report writing and editing.
While still a student, Semsia was an English peer tutor at the QU’s Student Learning and Support Center, and later on an administrative coordinator at the Honors Program. She was the president of the Honors Student Association (2012) and received several awards for both her academic and professional achievements, among which the most notable was the Excellence Medal at graduation for her 4.0 GPA.
She is currently completing her Masters degree (MSc) in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford, UK.
Along with her colleagues from SESRI, she presented a poster on “The Issues of Migrant Workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council” at the 2014 American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) conference, Anaheim, USA. As part of the SESRI-University of Michigan collaboration, Semsia attended the Summer Institute for Social Survey Research and received certification for Applied Questionnaire Design and Survey Methods & their Application in International Settings, Ann Arbor, USA (2014).
Her research interests include social change and labor migration, as well as resource management and sustainable development in Qatar and the GCC region.