MPhil. (Oxon) Ethnology & Museum Ethnography

MA Arabic Language & Literature


Marie-Claire is an ethnographer with special interest in the material culture of the Middle East.

She received her Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Ethnology & Museum Ethnography from the University of Oxford. She also has an MA in Arabic Language and Literature from Edinburgh University.  She consults as an area specialist in Material Culture of the region. She has worked in the fields of cross-cultural communication and maternal health counseling, and her academic research interests include tracing the dynamics of social change through dress and jewellery of the Arabian Peninsula, as well as amulets and indigenous medicine of the Middle East. Marie-Claire is currently investigating the integration of Global Sustainability Goals in the design curriculum, as well as developing culturally responsive pedagogical models to increase engagement. She is participating in several cross-disciplinary research projects collaborating with artists, designers, psychologists and educators in combination with culture sector stakeholders.


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi


+971 2 599 3273

Teaching Areas

Art History; Curatorial Studies; Material Culture

Research and Professional Activities

Oral histories and documentation of material culture of the UAE and Gulf; liminality and comparative ethnography of islands in the Arabian Gulf; engagement and cross-cultural pedagogy in creative sector higher education in the UAE and wider Gulf region.

Bakker, M. & Al Hammadi, M.  (2018). Liminality: Narratives of identity on Abu Dhabi's desert Islands. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 48:13–22

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