The Centre for Middle East Politics (C-MEP) was established as a collaborative effort between the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) and the Department of Politics and International relations with a view to encourage collaborative research of the highest quality, strengthen teaching, and foster a stronger and richer community amongst staff and students working on Middle East Politics. Membership of C-MEP is open to staff and students regardless of their departmental affiliation, all we ask is that you have an interest in Middle East Politics and wish to play an active role within C-MEP. C-MEP was always envisaged as a collaborative effort, and we particularly encourage and support the active involvement of postgraduate students and early career researchers in shaping our activities, whether in terms of teaching, research or career progression.
On the education side, C-MEP houses a suite of 1- and 2-year MA programmes as well as postgraduate research degrees in Middle East Politics.
In terms of research, C-MEP covers a large number of countries and most regions within the Middle East and North Africa as well as a broad range of topics. C-MEP research is clustered around 4 topics:
- Conflict, security and state building
- Authoritarianism and democracy
- The politics of empire, post-colonialism and de-colonization
- Gender, migration and inclusivity
C-MEP welcomes applications from high-calibre visiting postgraduate students and academic staff with a view to collaborate on research that will advance the field of Middle East Politics. For more on policies and application procedures, please visit the Visiting scholars and fellows tab.
Finally, it is worth highlighting that C-MEP members regularly engage in policy-related work and undertake consultancy assignments. For an overview of staff expertise, please see the key staff snapshots on the research themes pages or the full individual staff profiles, or follow the links to their full profiles..