Ibrahim Saïd received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Sociology of Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he was the recipient of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Students. He completed his Masters in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford for which he was a holder of the Saïd Foundation Scholarship, and has a B.A in Criminology, Sociology and Social Work.
For several years he worked in a juvenile detention centre and in developing crime prevention and community based social inclusion and integration programmes for youth in conflict with the law. Based on this experience, his doctoral research examined the effect of rule of settler colonial “politics of life” in Israel Palestine. Empirically, the research project deconstructs the notions of rights for Palestinians advocated for by Israeli human rights organizations B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). It further explored the materialisation of the “politics of life” in the forms of community policing practices, social welfare provisions and other programmes put in place to prevent Palestinian violence in East Jerusalem and support the reintegration of at-risk youth into society.
During his PhD studies, Ibrahim taught at the Graduate Institute in the departments of Anthropology and Sociology of Development and International Affairs and Development. He also worked at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) exploring the nexus between the social and solidarity economy and sustainable development and in particular the capacity of SSE to contribute to the implementation of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs)