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Dr Francis Owtram

BA Manchester, PhD (LSE)


Honorary Research Fellow

Francis Owtram has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and is the author of A Modern History of Oman: Formation of the State Since 1920 (IB Tauris, 2004).  He has taught at the University of Southampton (The Middle East and the West in the 20th Century, Department of Adult Continuing Education) and the University of Exeter (European Modern History, Department of Lifelong Learning).  From 2007-2012 he was Lecturer  in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kurdistan Hewler, Erbil, Iraq, where he taught International Relations of the Middle East and Global Political Economy.  

His research interests focus on the Modern History and International Relations of the Middle East, with special reference to the Gulf States, and also include  unrecognized states, paradiplomacy and transnational migration.  Publications include 'The Foreign Policies of Unrecognized States' in N. Caspersen and G. Stansfield (eds) Unrecognized States in the International System (Routledge/Exeter Studies in Ethno Politics, 2010) and a co-edited volume (with Annemarie Profanter) Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013).

He is currently a Gulf History Specialist in the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership, at the British Library, London, assisting in the development of the Gulf History online archive available through the Qatar Digital Library.  He has been involved in public engagement activity communicating the work of digitising and contextualising the India Office Records archival material 1763-1951 relating to the Gulf.  This has included giving presentations at the London launch of the Qatar Digital Library in October 2014, a lecture at the Anglo-Omani Society and media articles in the Gulf.