+3 studentship


About me

I am a PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, with a particular interest in Yemen, the Middle East more broadly, conflict studies, and ethnographic and political economy approaches to the state.

Before starting my PhD, I worked on security sector reform, ‘statebuilding’ policy, and youth participation in Yemen for Saferworld, for the EU Delegation to Yemen, and for the OECD, and published a range of reports and briefings on developments in Yemen, Egypt and Libya.

I hold a BA in Modern History and Politics from Oxford University and an MA in International Relations, with a focus on Middle Eastern politics and peace and conflict studies, from the Free University in Berlin. He was a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation from 2008 to 2010, and a Mercator Fellow for International Affairs in 2010/11.

My research

My research focuses on the under-studied civil war in North Yemen in 1962-1970 from the perspective of state-formation.

In examining this crucial episode in Yemen’s history, which set the parameters for subsequent developments to this day, my research uses Yemen as a ‘complicating case’ through which to reconsider the relationship between conflict, state weakness and statebuilding, currently at the forefront of the international political and development agenda. It aims ultimately to contribute to on-going research exploring the types of institutional change promoted by different processes of armed violence.

The difference my research makes

Besides illuminating a crucial, but under-studied historical period in a country on the margins of scholarly attention, my research aims to contribute to on-going inquiries into the types of institutional change promoted by different processes of armed violence.

Gaining a better understanding of the complexity and characteristics of political orders that emerge under conditions of armed violence is essential for improving the impact of development interventions in post-conflict contexts and ensuring they ‘do no harm.’


Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development, SOAS. https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff30808.php
Jonathan Di John, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, SOAS. https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff30862.php
Charles Tripp, Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East, SOAS. https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff36173.php

External links