Dr. Yousra Abourabi Assistant Professor at the International University of Rabat. She studied Political Science and International Relations at the Universities of Lyon II Lumière and Jean Moulin Lyon III in France. In 2016, she received her doctorate degree in Political Science and International Relations with a thesis on "Morocco's African policy under the reign of Mohammed VI" at the University Jean Moulin Lyon III, where she had already been teaching during her doctoral studies.
In addition, Yousra Abourabi has been a research fellow at the Centre Jacques Berque (Rabat) as well as Junior Research Fellow at the Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM) in Paris from 2015 to 2016. From 2015 to 2017, she was a visiting lecturer at Sciences Po Rabat – International University of Rabat, Morocco.
Her research focuses on Africa's international relations, especially the issues of governance and normativities, applied to the field of environment, migration, and gender. She has participated to several conferences and research programs in many African and European countries and served as a reviewer for academic journals such as "Mediterranean Politics" or "The Journal of North African Studies". Furthermore, she is a visiting lecturer at the University Saint-Joseph (Beirut) and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, as well as a member of the Political Affairs cluster of the Economic, Social and Cultural Cluster (ECOSOCC) of the African Union and a member of the Academic Board of the Global Campus of Human Rights. In addition, she works as a consultant for UN agencies such as UN Women and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Following her fellowship from May to July 2020, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yousra Abourabi was Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture" in Bonn from December 2021 to March 2022.