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The politics of empire, post-colonialism and de-colonization

Margot Tudor

I am a historian of international interventions, decolonisation, and sovereignty, focusing on post-colonial state formation and colonial continuities in international security practices during the mid-20th century. As post-doctoral research fellow for the Leverhulme-funded project 'Warnings from the Archive: A Century of British Intervention in the Middle East', I am interested in the political culture of 'lesson-learning' and the role played by public inquiries in shaping historical understandings of state transgression.

Katie Natanel

My research is grounded primarily in Palestine/Israel, with interests including political participation and mobilisation; conflict and political violence; political emotions and sensation; and decolonisation and anti-colonial movements. I am now pursuing work on decolonial feminist ecologies, which traces transnational connections.

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.

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

Catriona Pennell

I am a Professor of Modern History and Memory Studies at the University of Exeter where I specialise in the history of 19th and 20th century Britain and Ireland, with a particular focus on the First World War and British imperial activity in the Middle East.



Mick Dumper

Prof. Dumper’s research interests are the Permanent Status Issues of the Middle East peace process, the Arab-Israeli conflict, religious institutions in the Middle East and the urban politics of the Middle East.

Martin Thomas

I am currently working on the meanings and impacts of colonial disintegration, focusing primarily on the interactions between decolonisation and globalisation. I am especially interested in patterns of empire collapse and the nature and extent of political violence during contested decolonisation.

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.

Nadia Naser-Najjab

My research work is related to Palestine and the Palestine-Israel conflict with emphasis on peace process, resistance, reconciliation, civil society. My areas of research include Palestinian women and youth.

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