Awards and Services
As a professor, Dr. Habib has mentored several graduate students and has coordinated undergraduate and graduate courses at the American University of Beirut.
Dr. Habib is also a member of several Academic and Professional Societies including the International Association for Ecology and Health, the International Commission on Occupational Health, the International Ergonomics Association, the International Society of Urban Health, the Public Health Association of Australia, and the American Public Health Association.
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow
On November 8, 2017, Dr. Habib was elected as a Fellow of the renowned Collegium Ramazzini, an independent, international academy founded in 1982 by Irving J. Selikoff, Cesare Maltoni and other eminent scientists.
Dr. Habib was an invited speaker during a conference organized by the Collegium Ramazzini, ANNUAL RAMAZZINI DAYS, at Capri, Italy, on 24-27 October 2019. She presented on "Child labor among Syrian refugees living in Lebanon: A story of deprivation and neglect". During this conference Dr. Habib was inducted as a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, by the mayor of Capri, Alberto Bellilli, and the president of the collegium Ramazzini Philip Landrigan.
Dr. Habib was recognized as a Fellow on the Collegium Ramazzini Website: http://www.collegiumramazzini.org/fellows1.asp?id=339
Collegium Ramazzini is comprised of 180 internationally renowned experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health from more than 30 countries. The mission of the Collegium Ramazzini is to advance the study of occupational and environmental health issues and to be a bridge between the world of scientific discovery and the social and political centers which must act on the discoveries of science to protect public health.
More information can be found on: http://website.aub.edu.lb/fhs/fhs_home/Pages/news1711.aspx
The International Occupational Health and Safety Award
In recognition of her considerable achievements and service in Occupational Health and Safety, Dr. Habib received the “2017 International Health and Safety Award" from the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) on 7 November 2017. The International Health and Safety Award recognizes individuals with outstanding achievement in the field of occupational health and safety outside the United States.
Over her career, she has challenged colleagues, government officials, and NGO’s to recognize and pursue social justice approaches to environmental and occupational research and public-health practice. The award was based on her work on health disparities for marginalized workers and unrecognized labor in Lebanon and the larger Arab region. In this particular field, Dr. Habib developed innovative approaches for policymakers to recognize women's domestic labor and its impact on individual and community health. She was also recognized for her extensive research on migrant agricultural workers, and for pursuing new lines of inquiry about gender in farmworkers populations. Her research in this field has provoked new advocacy on behalf of farmworkers and agricultural communities in Lebanon and the region including the founding of a regional Agriculture, Environment, and Health Network.
Talk during the Award Ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_x8LijH3Zw
Associate Editor of the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
Since 2018, Dr. Rima Habib is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health.
"This interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal is designed to foster the identification and discussion of agricultural safety and health issues. Articles written by experts in the fields of engineering, occupational safety, social psychology, public policy, education, industrial hygiene, and public health appear in this quarterly publication. The American Society of Agricultural Engineers publishes Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health four times a year. Open Access may be purchased for your article." Available at: https://www.asabe.org/JASH
Established the School Network for a Healthy Environment
The Network was established by the Department of Environmental Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB, to promote a healthy environment, raise environmental awareness and seek to engage with Lebanese schools to respond to environmental health challenges in Lebanon and the region. The initiative also serves the purpose of student recruitment for the undergraduate Environmental Health program.
Conducted 3 workshops:
First Workshop, launching of the network, on 23 November 2017
Second Workshop on 28 March 2018
Third Workshop on 27 November 2018
Sample Conference Presentations
Green Economies in the Arab Future: Challenges, Assets, and Possibilities
Invited Speaker: Healthy Green Economies: Health is a Cornerstone of Economic Development. In: "Green Economy: A Road Map for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction in the Arab Region". Center for Special Studies and Programs, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 16-17 December 2015. https://www.bibalex.org/CSSP/Presentations/Attachments/Rima%20Habib/play.htm
Measures and categories in the production of knowledge about rural transformation in the Arab World Conference
Conference Opening Speech: Measures and categories in the production of knowledge about rural transformation in the Arab World. September 16-18, 2016, American University of Beirut, West Hall, Auditorium B.
Launch of the Report on Survey on Child Labor in Agriculture in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon: The Case of Syrian Refugees
Organizer and Presenter for the launching event organized by the Department of Environmental Health (FHS, AUB), in partnership with the Ministry of Labor. A study carried out with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The Environmental Health Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), led by Dr. Rima Habib, published one of the largest research studies to be carried out on child labor globally, entitled "Survey on Child Labour in Agriculture in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon: The Case of Syrian Refugees."
The report was launched on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in the auditorium of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut, in the presence of the Lebanese Minister of Labor Camille AbouSleiman and senior representatives from IDRC, UNICEF, FAO, and ILO.
Habib RR (2019). Survey on Child Labor in Agriculture in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon: The Case of Syrian Refugees. Pp. 112. Beirut, Lebanon: American University of Beirut Press, June 2019. ISBN 978-9953-586-47-2. [A report prepared with funding from IDRC, UNICEF, FAO, ILO]. Available at: https://scholarworks.aub.edu.lb/handle/10938/21507