Solava is the course leader for the MA in International Relations at Anglia Ruskin University. She is also an affiliated lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies at University of Cambridge. For five years, she was the Director of the MSc in Poverty, Inequality and Development at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. She was also a research fellow in Global Poverty Reduction at the Brooks World Poverty Institute and the Chronic Poverty Research Centre at the University of Manchester and worked as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo.
Her publications include articles in Third World Quarterly, Oxford Development Studies and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. She also published a co-edited book The Capability Approach: From Theory to Practice (2014) and a monograph on The Role of Local Councils in Empowerment and Poverty Reduction in Egypt (2007). She speaks English, Arabic, French and German, and her research interests include the dynamics of political change and state-society relations in the Middle East, human development and capability approach, poverty reduction, gender and women's groups and grassroots-led development.