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Associate Professor Marc Valeri

BA (Sciences Po Grenoble), MA, PhD (Sciences Po Paris)

Associate Professor in Political Economy of the Middle East; Director of Education and Student Experience (IAIS)


01392 724027


After a Master's Degree in Comparative Politics, with speciality on Arab and Muslim worlds, I received a PhD in 2005 from Sciences Po Paris. My work dealt with nation-building and political legitimacy in the Sultanate of Oman since 1970.

I was 'Jean Monnet' Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence (Italy) in 2005-2006 and then 'Marie Curie' Research Fellow at the IAIS between 2007 and 2009. In 2009-10, I held a position of Teaching Fellow in politics and constitutional law at the University of La Rochelle (France) and was concomitantly Honorary Research Fellow at the IAIS. In September 2010, I took up my current position at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.

I was the Director of Exeter's Centre for Gulf Studies for 10 years (2013-2023).

Currently my main areas of interest are the social, political and economic transformations in the Gulf monarchies. Another activity of research I am developing is the issues of stability and consolidation of authoritarianism in the Middle East, and more broadly the question of legitimacy in authoritarian and non-democratic regimes.

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I am happy to supervise postgraduate research students in the areas of:

  • Politics, political economy and sociology of the Gulf monarchies and the Arabian Peninsula.
  • State-business relations in the Middle East or/and in a more global comparative perspective.

Opportunities for funded studentships are described here:

I have examined doctoral students in Exeter and elsewhere, including Bath, Belfast, Leeds, London (King's College, SOAS), Oxford and Melbourne (Australia).

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  • Valeri M. (2020) Oman's New Sultan Faces Mammoth Challenges.


  • Valeri M. (2018) So Close, So Far. National Identity and Political Legitimacy in UAE-Oman Border Cities, Twin Cities: Urban Communities, Borders and Relationships over Time, Routledge, 313-327, DOI:10.4324/9781315104638. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2018) Islamist Political Societies in Bahrain: Collateral Victims of the 2011 Popular Uprising, Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings. Governance, Pluralisation and Contention, Edinburgh University Press, 166-181. [PDF]
  • Jones M, Porter R, Valeri M. (2018) Gulfization of the Arab World, Gerlach Press.



  • Valeri M, Kamrava M, Nonneman G, Nosova A. (2016) Ruling Families and Business Elites in the Gulf Monarchies: Ever Closer?, Chatham House Paper.
  • Valeri M. (2016) Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976, ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, volume 131, no. 550, pages 729-731, DOI:10.1093/ehr/cew107.
  • Valeri M. (2016) Oman, Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, MacMillan References USA, 822-824. [PDF]



  • Valeri M. (2014) Oman. L'hyper-personnalisation du pouvoir à l’épreuve du « Printemps arabe », Soulèvements et recompositions politiques dans le monde arabe, Presses Universitaires de Montréal, 353-370. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2014) State-Business Relations in the Gulf: The Role of Business Actors in the Decision-Making Process in Bahrain and Oman, Gulf Politics and Economics in a Changing World, World Scientific, 55-76. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2014) Oman’s Mediatory Efforts in Regional Crises. [PDF]


  • Valeri M. (2013) Ibadism and Omani Nation-Building since 1970, On Ibadism, Georg Olms, 165-176. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2013) "J'ai respiré l'air de la liberté". La légitimation autoritaire au Bahreïn et en Oman à l'épreuve du "printemps arabe", Critique Internationale, no. 61, pages 107-126, DOI:10.3917/crii.061.0107. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2013) Identity Politics and Nation-Building under Sultan Qaboos, Sectarian Politics in the Persian Gulf, Hurst/Oxford University Press, 179-206. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2013) Domesticating Local Elites. Sheikhs, Walis and State-Building Under Sultan Qaboos, Regionalizing Oman. Political, Economic and Social Dynamics, Springer, 267-277, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-6821-5. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2013) Oligarchy vs. Oligarchy. Business and Politics of Reform in Bahrain and Oman, Business Politics in the Middle East, Hurst and Oxford University Press, 17-41. [PDF]
  • Valeri, M, Hertog S, Luciani G. (2013) Business Politics in the Middle East, Hurst/Oxford University Press. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2013) الربيع العماني في مواجهة قدسية الحاكم (The Omani Spring and the 'Sanctity' of the Ruler) (in Arabic), الربيع العُماني، قراءة في السياقات والدلالات (The Omani Spring. A Reading of its Context and Implications) (in Arabic), Dar al-Farabi, 81-93. [PDF]



  • Valeri M. (2011) Legitimacy-Building in a Post-Civil War Context : The Case of the Sultanate of Oman after 1970, Rethinking the Foundations of the State, an Analysis of Post-Crisis Situations, Bruylant, 273-290. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2011) Bahrain's parliamentary by-elections 2011, Election Watch-OPEMAM. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2011) Bahrain's parliamentary elections 2010, Election Watch-OPEMAM. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2011) The Qaboos-State under the test of the 'Omani Spring': Are the regime's answers up to expectations?, Les Dossiers du CERI. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2011) Oman, Power and Politics in the Persian Gulf Monarchies, Hurst and Columbia University Press, 135-160. [PDF]


  • Valeri M. (2010) Les Etats du Golfe. Des Etats entre consolidation autoritaire et contraintes réformistes, Questions Internationales, no. 46, pages 42-51. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2010) The Middle East: a beginner's guide, INT AFF, volume 86, no. 2, pages 575-576. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2010) HIGH VISIBILITY, LOW PROFILE: THE SHIA IN OMAN UNDER SULTAN QABOOS, International Journal of Middle East Studies, volume 42, no. 2, pages 251-268, DOI:10.1017/S0020743810000048.


  • Valeri M. (2009) The Political Economy of Saudi Arabia, BRITISH JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, volume 36, no. 2, pages 302-304. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2009) Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition, BRITISH JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, volume 36, no. 3, pages 471-473. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2009) Oman. Politics and Society in the Qaboos State, Hurst and Oxford University Press. [PDF]



  • Valeri M. (2007) State-Building, Liberalization from Above and Political Legitimacy in the Sultanate of Oman, Debating Arab Authoritarianism. Dynamics and Durability in Nondemocratic Regimes, Stanford University Press, 143-158. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2007) Nation-building and communities in Oman since 1970: The Swahili-speaking Omanis in search of identity, AFR AFFAIRS, volume 106, no. 424, pages 479-496, DOI:10.1093/afraf/adm020.
  • Valeri M. (2007) Le sultanat d'Oman. Une revolution en trompe-l'oeil, Karthala. [PDF]
  • Valeri M. (2007) Something Stirring under the Still Waters of Oman. Tightening the Grip or Revitalizing the Monarchy?, Les Chroniques Yemenites, volume 14, pages 105-116. [PDF]


  • Valeri M. (2006) Liberalization from Above: Political Reforms and Sultanism in Oman, Constitutional Reform and Political Participation in the Gulf, Gulf Research Center, 187-211.


  • Valeri M. (2005) Le sultanat d'Oman en quête d'un second souffle. Un régime aux prises avec la nécessaire diversification de son économie et l'émergence de revendications identitaires, Les Etudes du CERI, volume 122. [PDF]


  • Valeri M. (2003) Réveil laborieux pour l’Etat-Qabous. Identité nationale et légitimité politique dans l’Oman d’aujourd’hui, Maghreb Machrek, volume 177, pages 37-58.

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Modules taught

  • ARA2162 - Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
  • ARA3163 - Politics and Reform in the Gulf
  • ARAM235 - Contemporary History and Politics of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula

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