The Middle East Social Sciences cluster


The Middle East Social Sciences Cluster aims to unite both faculty and PhD students who are pursuing topics related to politics of the Middle East, whether the disciplinary perspective is more “traditional” politics or informed also by (but not exclusive to) other approaches such as sociology, geography, or anthropology.  The Cluster offers a number of professional development opportunities to its PhD students such as learning about conferences in their fields, workshops on subjects like gender and identity, and the chance to present their work and to receive feedback.  At the same time, the Cluster is also a chance for staff to share research and a forum through which they can collaborate on larger projects.


Dr Omar Ashour (Cluster Lead) Dr Eleanor Gao , Professor Gareth Stansfield, Dr Lise Storm, Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer, Dr Clemence Scalbert-Yucel,  Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe, Dr Marc Valeri


8-9 June 2015 Researching the Middle East: Fieldwork, Archives, Issues, and Ethics Conference

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University
The Call for Papers Now Open

Submission deadline: 16th April 2015

Please go here for more details.


Research Titles with Supervisors

Previous / Current Research Title

First Supervisor

From blueprint to genocide?
An Analysis of Iraq’s Sequenced Crimes of Genocide Committed against the Kurds of Iraq
Prof Gareth Stansfield
The impact of the US-led invasion of Iraq on the security & foreign policies of the Gulf countries. Prof Tim Niblock
Ethnic cleansing and the Kurds in Iraq. Prof Gareth Stansfield
The Kurdish satellite channels and their impact on the construction of a Kurdish national identity. Dr Marc Valeri
The relationship between the KRG and the PKK. Prof Gareth Stansfield
Turkey's model of countering Islamic radicalization. Prof Tim Niblock
Humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect. Prof Gareth Stansfield
Female identity construction and political activism. Dr Lise Storm
Journalism in Syria:  The state of words or the words of the state? Dr Lise Storm
Nationalism and Iranian foreign policy. Prof Gareth Stansfield
Transformation of political ideologies from Nationalism to Islamism in Iraq and current dominant political ideology in rebuilding process of Iraq after 2003 invasion. Prof Gareth Stansfield
Relations between the EU and AMU Prof Tim Niblock
Political consequences and social impacts of a failing and exploited education system and the emergence of a culturally awakened generation. Dr Lise Storm
De radicalisation policies of UK Government. Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
The Effect of Illegal Emigration on Transit States, Politically & Security - the National Relationships between Libya & Italy Prof Tim Niblock
The perception of the political role of women within the Egyptian Muslim brotherhood. Dr Lise Storm
Visibility of ethnic identities in Turkish constitution. Prof Gareth Stansfield
Good neighbours:  Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
Cultural nationalism and ethno-symbolism in Northern Ireland election campaigns Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
The British policy towards Kurdish issue in Southern Kurdistan (1921-1932). Prof Gareth Stansfield
To what extent have the prominent Kurdish political parties in the struggle for dominance over the liberation movement of Kurdistan been successful and what are the factors of shifting strategy so often? Prof Gareth Stansfield
Turkish Nationalism and how the Four Thinkers are affected by their time. Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
Political Islamic groups and the impact they have on civil society. Dr Lise Storm
Translating Islamic Faith principles into practical action in addressing a development and peace building agenda. Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
The role of Islamist movements in North African politics. Dr Lise Storm
Religious nationalism in the Middle East: A new wave. Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
Saudi-Asian relations in a shifting global political economy. Dr Marc Valeri
Kirkuk - Comparative analysis resulting in comparative resolution. Prof Gareth Stansfield
Deconstruction of the Terrorist threat. Prof Gareth Stansfield
The necessity of Women's participation in conflict prevention, conflict-resolution and post-conflict reconstruction:  The case of Kurdish women in Northern Iraq. Prof Gareth Stansfield
The necessity of Women's participation in conflict prevention, conflict-resolution and post-conflict reconstruction:  The case of Kurdish women in Northern Iraq. Prof Gareth Stansfield
Emerging foreign policy trends of Kurdish Quasi-state in Iraq. Prof Gareth Stansfield
Kurdish problem in Turkey. Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
The Kurds and terrorism. Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
Towards integration or disintegration? The interaction between the Iranian state policies and Baluch identity. Prof Gareth Stansfield
The foreign policies, of Iran, Israel and Turkey towards Northern Iraq and their influences on the future of the Middle East. Prof Gareth Stansfield
The effect of dehumanisation on Ethnic Conflict. Prof Jonathan Githens-Mazer
Political Islam and militant movements in the Middle East - Engagement beyond violent Islamism.

Dr Omar Ashour