Nabil Khattab (PhD) is a Professor of Sociology and Quantitative Methods at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He has previously held a number of academic positions including: Associate professor at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Bristol (UK), Senior Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, RCUK Research Fellow in quantitative social science and a Lecturer at the University of Bristol. His research interest centers around a number of interrelated issues including social and economic inequality, social divisions and intersectionality of ethnicity, gender, religion, class and migration, quantitative research methods, from school to work, educational and occupational aspirations amongst young people and migration.

Professor Khattab has led a number of research projects including: "Residential segregation among ethnic minorities in Britain and labour market penalties", "Arab-Jewish relations in Israel", a Marie Curie Project, "Students' aspirations, expectations and achievement" and “Careers, expertise and life strategies of Highly Skilled Migrants in Qatar”. His research in these areas has appeared in mainstream journals such as Sociology, Work Employment and Society, British Educational Research Journal, and Sociological Research Online. 


BA, MA, PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem​


Arabic, English, Hebrew​​​

​Research Interests 

Socio-economic inequality, labour market, ethnicity, religion, gender, quantitative sociology, students’ aspirations and expectations and migration. 

Current Research 

Dr. Khattab is presently involved in a number of research projects. In the first one, he, with colleagues at the University of Bristol, is studying labor market inequalities in the UK with a special focus on ethnic and religious penalties and disadvantages, ethnic strategies and Muslim women in the UK labor market. In another project, Dr. Khattab analyses longitudinal data to study the ways and conditions under which aspirations, expectations and school achievement tend to converge.​

Selected Research Projects

2016-2019, LPI QNRF: School experience, educational aspirations and scholastic achievement

2015-2017, LPI MRF (Doha Institute for Graduate Studies): Careers, expertise and life strategies of Highly Skilled Migrants in Qatar. 

Teaching Interests

Migration, Quantitative research methods, stratification, inequality, race and ethnicity. 

Taught Courses:

  • Quantitative Analysis

  • Advanced Quantitative Analysis

  • Migration and Citizenship

  • International immigration and integration in Europe

Published Papers in peer-refereed journals: 

Khattab, N., Johnston, R. and Manley, D. (forthcoming). ‘Human capital, family structure and religiosity shaping British Muslim women’s labour market participation’. Accepted for publication in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1334541

Khattab, N. and Hussein, S. (forthcoming). ‘Can religious affiliation explain the disadvantage of Muslim women in the British labour market?’ Accepted for publication in Work Employment and Society. DOI: 10.1177/0950017017711099

Khattab, Nabil and Modood, Tariq. (2017). ‘Accounting for British Muslim’s educational attainment: gender differences and the impact of expectations.’ Accepted for publication in British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Haj-Yahya, Nasreen Hadad, Izhak Schnell, and Nabil Khattab. (2016). ‘The exclusion of young Arab women from work, education and training in Israel.’ Quality & Quantity: 1-17. doi:10.1007/s11135-016-0456-5

Khattab Nabil and Fox Jon. (2016) ‘East-European immigrants responding to the recession in Britain: is there a trade-off between unemployment and over-qualification?’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42(11): 1774-1789.

Modood, Tariq, and Nabil Khattab. (2016). ‘Explaining Ethnic Differences: Can Ethnic Minority Strategies Reduce the Effects of Ethnic Penalties?’ Sociology 50(2) 231–246.

Khattab, Nabil, and Tariq Modood. (2015). ‘Both Ethnic and Religious: Explaining Employment Penalties Across 14 Ethno‐Religious Groups in the United Kingdom.’ Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 54.3: 501-522.

Khattab, N. (2016) ‘The Ethno-Religious Wage Gap within the British Salariat Class: How Severe is the Penalty?’ Sociology 50(4) 813-824.

Edited Books: 

Nabil Khattab, Sami Miaari and Haya Stier (eds.) (2016 – forthcoming).  Socioeconomic Inequality in Israel: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis. Palgrave Macmillan.

Nabil Khattab and Sami Miaari (eds.) 2013. Palestinians in the Israeli Labour Market: A multi-disciplinary approach. Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapters in Edited Books: 

Khattab, N and Lazarus, A. 2016. Overeducation and Wage Penalties amongst Immigrants, Native Minorities and Majority Ethnic groups. In: Nabil Khattab, Sami Miaari and Haya Stier (eds.).  Socioeconomic Inequality in Israel: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis. Palgrave Macmillan. 


Tel: +974 40356933

Mail Address

Nabil Khattab

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

School of Social Sciences and Humanities 

P.O.Box: 200592 

Doha, Qatar