Raya is a final-year PhD researcher in the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) at the University of Surrey.
Her research focuses on the governance and management aspects of the Water-Energy Nexus (WEN), with particular interest in the case of Jordan. She is developing an integrated governance framework for better WEN management in the country via exploring policymaker's perspectives on the WEN, their understanding of it in terms of institutional collaboration, governance, and planning, and by this exploring possible schemes for nexus governance and collaboration.
Prior to joining the CES, Raya worked as a consultant in the development sector, where she worked on projects related to integrated resource management and sustainability and community based environmental solutions. She holds an MSc. in Water and Environmental Management from the University of Bristol, and a BSc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan. Raya is also a member in the Charted Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).