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Professor Gareth Stansfield

BA (Hons.), MA, PhD (Durham), FRSA


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Telephone: 01392 724105

Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies

Gareth Stansfield is Professor of Middle East Politics and the Al-Qasimi Chair of Arab Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow with special reference to the Middle East and Islamic world at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

A regular commentator and adviser on Middle East politics over the last decade, focusing in particular on the politics and political economy of Iraq, the Kurdish regions of the Middle East, dynamics of Gulf/Arabian peninsula security, and questions of post-conflict stabilization and nation/state building, Stansfield is one of a handful of academics to have lived and worked in pre-regime change Iraq for an extensive period of time, between 1996 and 2001, and has considerable fieldwork experience in a range of countries in the Middle East and Islamic World, including Iraq (before and after regime change), Syria, Morocco, the states of the Gulf, and Afghanistan.

He has engaged extensively with the policy-making community. He is currently the Director of Middle East Studies and Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI, and before that was Associate Fellow with special reference to Iraq, Kurdistan, and the Gulf, of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) between 2002 and 2012. He was part of UK (MoD) horizon-scanning initiatives on Iraq (2003) and Libya (2009) and was invited by ISAF to visit Afghanistan to research the reintegration process (2011). In 2009, he served as a Senior Political Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), with special reference to the situation in Kirkuk and Iraq's disputed territories. During his career at Exeter, he has held research grants from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the United States Institute for Peace.

Prof Stansfield is a member of the middle eastern social science research cluster.

Professor Stansfield is on ESRC-funded research leave from 1 June. He can be contacted through his University email address