Professor Djabi is a native of Algeria. He has worked as Professor of Sociology at the University of Algiers II and researcher at the Centre de recherche en économie appliquée et développement (CERAD). He resigned from University of Algiers in 2017. He is the author of several works, including El Wazir el-Djazaïri: oussol wa massarat (The Algerian Minister: Principles and Paths) (2001), Algérie: Etat et élites (Algeria: the state and the elites) (2008), and Limada ta’akhara ar-rabïe el-Djazaïri? (Why is the Algerian Spring late?) (2012).