University Lecturer International Relations / Modern Middle East Studies
I am a scholar of political economy and development in the Middle East. My research focuses on the Arab region, with a particular focus on Gulf investment in the states of North Africa and the Levant, rural development and business politics. Aside from my academic career I have 20 years experience of working in the Middle East. I was previously a journalist in Lebanon and for Al Jazeera in Qatar. One of the stories that I covered was the 2006 Israel-Hizbullah war. I have also consulted on business and politics in the Middle East for corporations and governments.
My current research builds on my PhD dissertation, which examined the relationship between the Gulf states and Egypt, based on the exchange of food commodities and capital. I am also interested in economic diversification in the Middle East and the relationship between emerging sectors and foreign policy.
My next project will examine the consequences of a green energy shift in the Middle East and North Africa region. It will focus on the modality of state implementation of renewable energy, and the reconfiguration of regime power through these schemes: economically, politically and ideologically.
PhD Development Studies SOAS 2012-2016
MSc Middle East Studies Edinburgh University 1999-2000
BA Development Studies Middlesex University 1995-1998
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