Asef Bayat is Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois.
His nomination to the UNRISD Board was approved by ECOSOC in July 2013.
Mr. Bayat collaborated with UNRISD for the project Social Policy in Late Industrializers: Social Policy and Development Outcomes in the Middle East and North Africa, 2002-2004. For the project, he examined social policy and political regulation in the case of Egypt. Asef also authored an UNRISD paper Social Movements, Activism and Social Development in the Middle East, 2000.