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.
- With Profanter, A. (co-editor) Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration between the Middle East and Europe. Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
- Owtram, F. A Modern History of Oman: Formation of the State since 1920. London, IB Tauris, 2004.
- With Mohammad, H.K. Paradiplomacy of Regional Governments in International Relations: Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government (2003-2010), Iran and the Caucaus, vol. 18, Brill, 2014, 65-84
- Ethnic Conflict in De Facto States: the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in Artens, J. (ed) De Facto States and Ethnic Conflicts P@X online bulletin, vol. 21, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, September 2012, 13-15
- The Federalization of Natural Resources in A. Danilovich, Iraqi Federalism and the Kurds: Learning to Live Together, Farnham, Ashgate 2014.
- With Danilovich, A. Federalism as a Tool to Manage Conflicts and Associated Risks in Danilovich, A. Iraqi Federalism and the Kurds: Learning to Live Together, Farnham, Ashgate 2014.
- With Profanter, A. ‘Introduction - Celebrating Difference: In Search of Paradigms Addressing Barriers to Transnational Migration’, in Profanter, A. and Owtram, F. (eds) Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from Europe to the Middle East.
- Owtram, F. ‘The Foreign Policies of Unrecognized States’ in Casperson, N. and Stansfield, GRV. (eds) Unrecognized States in the International System. London: Taylor and Francis, 2010.
- L’Oman et l’Occident: la formation de l'État omanais depuis 1920’ in Marc Lavergne (ed) L'Oman contemporain: état, territoire, identité, Paris, Karthala, 2002.