Director, Centre for Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen

My primary area of research is the politics of democracy in the Middle East – particularly EU democracy-promotion programmes in the 'Mediterranean Neighbourhood' – and in democratization theory.
I'm interested in labour movements and civil society in Egypt, as well as political parties and elections. With Gennaro Gervasio, I examine the authoritarian practices of the Egyptian state, the techniques used to empty the state's democratic facade, and the forms of democratic resistance across the political spectrum.
I also work on how knowledge is produced, translated into policy, and applied. This is the core focus of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence cluster, of which I am co-director. In IR, I've published on the poltics of knowledge production, particularly the normalisation of Constructivism in IR (with Nik Hynek), and on the difficulties and disciplinary effects of 'interdisciplinarity' between IR and Middle East Studies.

My areas of research expertise are:

* Democracy and democracy-promotion in the Middle East: especially EU and UK democracy assistance towards Egypt

* Political Theory

* Middle Eastern Politics: particularly Egypt, civil society, labour movements

* Italian Politics

Experience

  • –present
    Director, Centre for Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen

Education

  • 2004 
    University of St Andrews, PhD