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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 SociologyReview of International StudiesSouth 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. I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Politics Research Group.