I am Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Political Economy & Politics of Global Development in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.
My research is concerned with the political economy of development in the global South. I investigate how states and social forces produce, manage and contest ‘development’ projects in the Middle East and North Africa. I am the editor of States of Discipline: Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Contested Reproduction of Capitalist Order, and Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices, Contestations (with Ian Bruff). My research has been published in, among others, the European Journal of International Relations, New Political Economy, International Political Sociology, Review of International Studies, South European Society and Politics, Globalizations, and The South Atlantic Quarterly.
At Newcastle University, I am the Director of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Politics, and teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules on International Political Economy and the political economy of development.
- Between 2021–2023, I served as the President of the European International Studies Association, and was an elected member of its Governing Board from 2019 to 2023.
- I am the co-founder of Political Economy Beyond Boundaries (with Lisa Tilley), a standing section of the EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations. A detailed description of the standing section’s parameters and objectives can be found here.
- I currently sit on the advisory and/or international editorial boards of the book series Voices in International Relations (Oxford University Press), and Gender, Sexuality and Global Politics (Bristol University Press), and the journal Global Political Economy.
- I hold a PhD in Politics, and an MA in Social and Global Justice from the University of Nottingham. I studied at Bilkent University for my BA in International Relations.