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Alam Saleh

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Bridging International Relations/Security Studies and Area Studies,
Balancing Traditional and Critical Approaches,

What are your future research plans?
Filling the gaps

(social classes and expectations)

‘Relative Deprivation Theory, Nationalism, Ethnicity and Identity Conflicts’, International Geopolitics Quarterly. 8 (4), pp. 156-174.
ethnicity, nationalism and sectarianism)
Ethnic Identity and the State in Iran. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
(strong societies, weak states)

‘Andalusiasation: Is Iran on the Trajectory of De-Islamisation?’. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 42 (4), pp. 500-519.
(fragmentation within political systems)

Between Darius and Khomeini: Exploring Iran’s Identity Problematique’, National Identities. 17 (1), pp. 73-97.
(regional security complex)

Politicized Identities, Securitized Politics: Sunni-Shi’a Politics in Egypt’. The Middle East Journal. 69 (4), pp. 545-562.
(great power politics)

‘Broadening the Concept of Security: Identity and Societal Security’, International Geopolitics Quarterly. 6 (4), pp. 228-241.

Previous Research Projects
Project 1
Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa. Funding body: Gerda Henkel, Germany, 2013.
Grant: €10,000.
Co-researcher: Dr Hendrik Kraetzschmar. University of Leeds, Department of Arabic Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Synopsis: examining the rhetoric of democracy and human rights employed by different Islamist factions and organisations in Egypt.
Output: submission of 2 articles to peer-reviewed high quality international journals and a book chapter in an edited volume.

Project 2

From over-estimation to underestimation: the trajectory of Political Islam across MENA countries. Funding body: Gerda Henkel, Germany, 2012-2013.
Grant: €10,000.
Co-researcher: Dr Paola Rivetti. Dublin City University, School of Law and Government.
Synopsis: Exploring democracy and human rights discourses of Iranian Islamist movements and organisations.
Output: submission of 1 articles to peer-reviewed high quality international journals and a book chapter in an edited volume.

Current & Future Research Project

Understanding the Attitudes of Persian Speakers on the ‘Wrong Side’ of the Gulf: The Case of UAE in the New Middle East. Funding bodies: Federal Demographic Council, 2013.
Grant: £80,000.
Co-researcher: Dr James Worrall, University of Leeds, School of Politics and International Studies.
Synopsis: analysing the dynamics of identity related issues of Persian speaking residents of the UAE with social policy implications regarding multicultural societies.
Output: submission of at least 2 articles to peer-reviewed high quality international journals and a book.

Saleh, A. Worrall, J. (Under Review). Being Persian in the Gulf: Identity, Security and Belonging among the UAE's Iranian Diaspora. Cambridge University Press.
Saleh, A. Worrall, J. (Under Review, 2017). ‘Persian Pride and Prejudice: Identity Maintenance and Interest Calculations Among Iranians in the United Arab Emirates’. International Migration Review.
Saleh, A. Worrall, J. (In progress, 2017). ‘From Big Dubai to Little Dubai: Identity, Civility, and Connectivity in Southern Iran’. Cultural Anthropology.

How do you intend to integrate your future research plans with the research profile of the Department?
To be recognised as an expert on identity-based conflicts in the Middle East
To generate research funding: collaborate with colleagues in PPR,

How does your research inform your teaching practices?Renovated pedagogical approaches/methods
Research-led teaching: three ongoing Middle Eastern research projects, bringing mutual narratives,
Research-based teaching: to train students in research skills for employment and maintaining and enhancing student engagement,

Multidisciplinary research and teaching: Middle East Politics, Political Islam & Sectarianism, International Relations and Security Studies.

Lecturer in Middle East and North African Studies
Politics, Philosophy & Religion
Dr. Alam Saleh

Utilising different levels of analysis to bring together IR theory and Middle East studies.

The six divisions:
International Relations Theories:
Heavily theoretical,
State-centric & military centric,
Focuses on external threats.

Area Studies:
Heavily empirical, lacks theoretical explanations,
Ignores international dynamics,
Country-specific expertise.

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq

Militia Politics: Qasem Soleimani, Shi'a Militia, Iran and the region.
Track record of obtaining research funding: (Approximately £100,000. to date).
Currently developing two further research-funding proposals. (The British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies)

Potential Impact Activities: including, work with MoD, Home Office, UK Defence and Security Programme, United Nations, Federal Demographic Council (UAE), European Council for Foreign Relations.
Strong and positive student experience and engagement.
Contributions to REF 2021: The Middle East Journal, BJMES, National Identities, Iranian Studies, Edinburgh University Press & Gorgias Press. Two further outputs submitted and currently under review, a book with CUP, and an article with International Migration Review.
Three ongoing international research projects, with 5 further outputs in 2018-20.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy: committed to innovative teaching methods,
Three disciplines/sub-disciplines: International Relations, Security Studies, Middle Eastern Studies,
Taught over 25 modules, at both UG and PG levels, at five universities (Lancaster, Exeter, Durham, Leeds & Bradford).
Enhance University’s internationalisation profile: strong connections with institutions in the Middle East, student recruitment, cross-university research collaboration,
Engagement with existing PhD students and potential for recruiting new PhD students.
Impact case activities: Building up networking through knowledge transfer to increase the potential for impact case development,
Dissemination: engagement with public, policy, and media: works translated & reported throughout the region, frequent media commentator,
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