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Sai Englert

Assistant Professor

Dr. S.P. Englert
+31 71 527 2738

I am a lecturer in the Institute for Area Studies. I work on political economy and development in the Middle East. My research focuses on the Israeli state, its changing relationship with the labour movement, and the consequences of the neoliberal transition. I also work on settler colonialism and settler labour movements more generally.

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Fields of interest

  • Political Economy
  • Labour Zionism
  • Palestinian Labour
  • Neoliberalism
  • Settler Colonialism


My current research builds upon my PhD, which focused on the changing relationship between the Israeli state, the Labour Zionsit movement, and Palestinian workers in the last 30 years. I am also interested in the comparative study of both contemporary labour movements and settler colonial contexts.

My next project will study the consequences of the discovery of large reserves of natural gas in the East Mediterranean on regional integration. In particular, I will explore how the extraction and export of natural gas accelerates Israel's economic integration with its neighbours (especially Jordan and Egypt), increases its use of economic means to discipline the Palestinian Authority, and encourages its growing economic and diplomatic rapprochement with GCC states.


2013-2018: PhD in Development Studies, School of Oriental & African Studies, Title: The Defeat of Hebrew Labour? Neoliberalism, Settler Colonialism, & the Workers’ Movement in Israel.
2010 -2011: MA in Social & Political Thought, Sussex University
2007-2010: BA in English Literature & Drama, Sussex University

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies


  • No relevant ancillary activities
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