My research field broadly speaking is the ‘political economy of development’ in the Middle East. In particular I focus on Egypt and democracy assistance efforts by foreign donors, and look at how this idea of ‘democracy promotion’ is conceptualised, and practiced. My research project investigates the conceptual underpinnings of democracy assistance of the Scandinavian countries, Canada, the UK, and the EU.
A second sub-investigation within my overarching research project looks at the concept of ‘Nordic exceptionalism’ in international development assistance and explores its validity by looking at the Nordic countries democracy assistance efforts, namely in the Arab world. My research project is based on field work I have conducted in Egypt over the course of the last four years, investigating the democracy support policies and practices of the above mentioned donors, which are being carried out in Egypt.