Notes on Contributors
Akram Alfy is an Egyptian researcher at Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies who specialises in social movements, youth mobilisation and agency, and processes of social and political change in Egypt. He is the author of numerous publications and studies.
Ali Bakr is an Egyptian political analyst at Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies who also heads the Islamist Movements Studies Programme at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Center for Egyptian Affairs. He has over 20 years of experience on Islamic movements, part of which was through his personal experience as a member of one of the Islamic groups. Ali has produced numerous publications on Islamist networks, radicalism and terrorism. His writings have appeared in Egyptian and international publications and is a regular commentator on Islamist movements in the press and media.
Dawn Chatty is Emeritus Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development (Queen Elizabeth House), University of Oxford, UK. Her research interests include nomadic pastoralism and conservation, gender and development, health, illness and culture, and coping strategies of refugee youth. Among her most recent books are: Children of Palestine: Experiencing Forced Migration in the Middle East (ed. with Gillian Lewando-Hundt, Berghahn, 2005); Handbook on Nomads in the Middle East and North Africa (ed., Brill, 2006; and Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East, Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Can Cemgil is an Assistant Professor at Istanbul Bilgi University, Institute of Social Sciences. He received his PhD degree from the University of Sussex in 2015. His research interests include international historical sociology, international theory, Middle Eastern geopolitics, Turkish foreign policy and social theory of international politics. Currently he works on the notion of difference in postcolonial and Marxist studies in IR. He has published in Globalizations, Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Philosophy and Social Criticism.
Shelley Deane is the Director of Brehon Advisory working on conflict, education, mediation and investment in the Middle East and North Africa. Formerly Assistant Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at Bowdoin College, Shelley researches the ending and mending of conflicts, mediation and negotiation, peace agreements, security pacts, factions, and states in conflict. She has mediation, aid, development and security experience in Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine, the UAE and Ireland. Shelley has a PhD in Government from the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science), is a board member with GOAL UK, and a Visiting Fellow at ISCTSJ (Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice) at Queens University Belfast.
Clemens Hoffmann received his DPhil in International Relations from the University of Sussex in 2010 with a thesis on post-Ottoman state formation entitled the ‘Fallacy of Modernity’. More recently, his work has focused on the relation between political rule and its relationship to nature, exploring the origins of and alternatives to hydrocarbon-based state-led developmentalism through the lens of a geopolitical ecology. He currently works as an Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, where he teaches World Politics, Development and Environment courses. He has published in Global Environmental Change, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Cooperation and Conflict.
Jan Selby is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex, and Director of the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research. His research focuses on environmental security, peace processes, the linkages between conflict and development, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is author of Water, Power and Politics in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2003) and more recent books and articles on climate security, militarism, liberal peace-building, International Relations theory, and Israeli-Palestinian water politics.
Magdy Rezk obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cairo University in 1981 and has been Director of the Center for Egyptian Affairs Studies, since September 2013. Previous experience includes positions as Deputy Director, Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Al-Ahram newspaper; Editor in Chief of Ahwal Masria Review (previously Vice Editor); and Senior Economist at the Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Al-Ahram newspaper (previously Economic Researcher and Assistant Researcher). Magdy’s research areas are Egyptian and Regional Economies (especially Iran and GCC Countries).
Mariz Tadros is the Power and Popular Politics Cluster co-leader at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). She is the author of Resistance, Revolt and Gender Justice in Egypt (Syracuse University Press, 2016); Copts at the Crossroads (American University Press and Oxford University Press of America, 2013) and The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt (Routledge, 2012). She is also the editor of the volume Women in Politics (Zed Books, 2014) and has written extensively on democratisation, unruly politics and citizen engagement in the Middle East.