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Gulf and Iran

Sabiha Allouche

My research looks at the affective consequences of the securitisation of governance and the permanent war that subjects in the global south endure. More specifically, I focus on the instrumentalization of gender and sexuality and the sexualisation of racial difference in the Middle East has shaped relationships to the state, gendered subjectivity, mobility and futurity

Maziyar Ghiabi

I am a social scientist and historian working on health and policy with a special focus on drug policy, 'addictions', and lived experience of public health in contexts of disruption.



Adam Hanieh

My research focuses on the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council. My work examines the role of the Gulf states within global capitalism; as well as the ways in which capital accumulation in the Gulf impacts wider issues of development in the Middle East, including inequality, poverty, and social polarisation.

Alan Hassanian

My research discipline falls with Political Science. I look at historical and contemporary trends and evenest shaping the 20th and 21st centuries’ development of the state and society in Iran. With a particular focus on identity politics/politics from Iran's peripheral regions, such as the country’s Kurdish region (Rojhelat/Eastern Kurdistan). All together my research interests comprise contemporary Iranian and Kurdish politics, Kurdish nationalism and national movement, and environmental and cultural activism in Kurdistan

Klejda Mulaj

Kledja studies political violence and postconflict rebuilding with particular reference on the violence of war against civilians, violent non-state actors, Western foreign policy rationales for intervention, transitional justice, nationalism, state building, and (challenges of) provision of security in the aftermath of violent conflict – primarily focusing on the Balkan region and the Middle East.

Gareth Stansfield

I have been 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 peninsular security, and questions of post-conflict stabilization and nation/state building.

Owen Thomas

I conduct research on state-sponsored accountability and lesson-learning practices (such as commissions of inquiry). In particular, my research has focussed on the use of British official inquiries appointed to investigate alleged failures, transgressions and scandals related to military interventions in the Middle East. These include the investigation of alleged human rights abuses and war crimes during the Global War on Terror (GWOT), the military intervention in Iraq (2003) and the Mesopotamia Campaign of the First World War.