Dr Francis Owtram
BA Manchester, PhD (LSE)
Honorary Research Fellow
Francis Owtram has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and is the author of A Modern History of Oman: Formation of the State Since 1920 (IB Tauris, 2004). He has taught at the University of Southampton (The Middle East and the West in the 20th Century, Department of Adult Continuing Education) and the University of Exeter (International History, Department of Lifelong Learning). From 2007-2012 he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kurdistan Hewler, Erbil, Iraq, where he taught International Relations of the Middle East, Global Political Economy and International Security at Masters level and International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Politics of the Middle East at undergraduate level.
His research interests focus on the Modern History, Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, with special reference to the Gulf States and a particular focus on Oman, Iraq and the Kurds. His research also covers unrecognized states, paradiplomacy and transnational migration. Publications include 'The State We're In: Post-Colonial Sequestration and the Kurdish Quest for Independence since the First World War’ in The Routledge Handbook on the Kurds, M. Gunter (ed), London, Routledge, 2018; 'The Foreign Policies of Unrecognized States' in N. Caspersen and G. Stansfield (eds) Unrecognized States in the International System (Routledge/Exeter Studies in Ethno Politics, 2010); and a co-edited volume (with Annemarie Profanter) Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). For list of publications please see research tab.
Since 2013 he has been a Gulf History Specialist in the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership, at the British Library, London, working on the development of the Gulf History online archive available through the Qatar Digital Library (QDL}.He has contributed articles for the QDL on topics such as Britain and Oman since 1750, Muscat and the Monsoon, Frankincense in Dhofar, The Financial Troubles of Said bin Taimur and Bertram Thomas and the Exploration of the Arabian Peninsula. He has aslo contributed articles to OpenDemocracy on the Kurds in Iraq and the LSE Middle East Centre blog on Britain and the Kurds and Oman after Qaboos. He is currently researching the modern history, political economy and international relations of Oman as well as the Kurds and the contemporary state system for a number of publication projects. He tweets @francisowtram
· · Owtram, F. monograph on Oman for Routledge Contemporary Middle East series, under contract (London, Routledge 2023)
· Owtram, F. monograph in Kurdish Studies series, IB Tauris with LSE Middle East Centre, under contract (London, IB Tauris 2022)
Profanter, A. and Owtram, F. (editors) Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration between the Middle East and Europe. Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Christian Lekon, LSE Middle East Centre blog
· Owtram, F. A Modern History of Oman: Formation of the State since 1920. London, IB Tauris, 2004
The Economy of Oman in The Middle East and North Africa, 2021, Routledge, November 2020
Owtram, F., Profanter, A., and Maestri, E. ‘In Oman No Security for Migrant Health Workers Fighting the Pandemic' Open Democracy, July 2020
· Turkey and Two Middle Eastern 'Quasi States': Turkish Relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Palestinian National Authority, Turkeyscope, Moshe Dayan Center for African and Middle Eastern Studies, December 2017
· · Park, W., Jongerden, J., Owtram, F. and Yoshioko, A. ‘Note on the Independence Referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and disputed areas’ Kurdish Studies, October 2017
· Owtram, F. ‘Kurds in Iraq: From Sykes-Picot to No-Fly Zones and Beyond’ Open Democracy, September 2017
· Mohammad, H.K. and Owtram, F. Paradiplomacy of Regional Governments in International Relations: Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government (2003-2010), Iran and the Caucaus, vol. 18, Brill, 2014, 65-84
· Owtram, F. ‘The Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Ethnic Conflict and the Survival of Dynastic Republicanism in a De Facto’ StateEthnic Conflict in Artens, J. (ed) De Facto States and Ethnic Conflicts P@X online bulletin, vol. 21, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, September 2012, 13-15
· Owtram, F. ‘The State We’re In: Post-Colonial Sequestration and the Kurdish Quest for Independence since the First World War’ in The Routledge Handbook of the Kurds, M. Gunter (ed), London, Routledge, 2018.
· Owtram, F. From Shotgun Marriage to Amicable Divorce? The Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Self-Determination, Secession and Recognition in Comparative Perspective’ in Federalism, Secession and International Regime of Recognition: Iraqi Kurdistan at the Crossroads, London, Routledge, 2019.
· Owtram, F. ‘The Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Federal Constitution: A Perimeter Plinth of State Territorial Integrity or a Stepping Stone to Secession’, in G. Stansfield and M. Shareef (eds), The Kurdish Question Revisited, London, Hurst, 2017.
· Owtram, F. ‘The Kurds, Oil and the Drive for Independence: Ace in the Hole or Joker in the Pack’ in A. Danilovich (ed), Iraqi Kurdistan in Middle East Politics, London, Routledge, 2017.
· Owtram, F. ‘The Federalization of Natural Resources in A. Danilovich’, Iraqi Federalism and the Kurds: Learning to Live Together, Farnham, Ashgate 2014.
· Danilovich, A. and Owtram, F. Federalism as a Tool to Manage Conflicts and Associated Risks in Danilovich, A. Iraqi Federalism and the Kurds: Learning to Live Together, Farnham, Ashgate 2014.
· Profanter, A. and Owtram, F. ‘Introduction - Celebrating Difference: In Search of Paradigms Addressing Barriers to Transnational Migration’, in Profanter, A. and Owtram, F. (eds) Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from Europe to the Middle East. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013
· Owtram, F, ‘The Foreign Policies of Unrecognized States’ in Casperson, N. and Stansfield, GRV. (eds) Unrecognized States in the International System. London: Routledge, 2011.
· Owtram, F. ‘L’Oman et l’Occident: la formation de l'État omanais depuis 1920’ in M. Lavergne (ed) L’Oman contemporain: état, territoire, identité, Paris, Karthala, 2002)
British Library Expert Articles on the Qatar Digital Library
· Muscat and the Monsoon July 2015
· Oman and Britain since 1750: A Close Relationship December 2014
· The Financial Troubles of Sa’id bin Taimur October 2014
LSE Middle East Centre Blogs
Owtram, F. and Hayek, M. Oman in the COVID-19 Pandemic: People, Policy and Economic Impact, LSE Middle East Centre blog, 23 July 2020
Owtram, F. 'No Friends but the Mountains: The Toxic Legacy of British Officialdom for the Kurds after the First World War' LSE Middle East Centre blog, 15 October 2019
Owtram, F. Oman After Qaboos: Continuities, Challenges and Choices, LSE Middle East Centre blog, 24 January 2020
British Library blogs
· ‘From Dhofar to Doha and a Road Trip to Riyadh: Bertram Thomas’ Sojourns in Arabia, Untold Lives, February 2015
· ‘Preparation Pays Off: Bertram Thomas and the Crossing of the Empty Quarter’, Untold Lives, December, 2015
· ‘Anyone for tennis: relaxation and social mingling in the Gulf’, Untold Lives, July 2015
· ‘New online portal on Gulf History involving IR Dept PhD alumnus, Francis Owtram’ LSE Department of International Relations blog and LSE Middle East Centre blog, June2015
· ‘Making waves with the Qatar Digital Library’, British Library Science blog, December, 2014
· ‘The early US Navy in the Gulf’, British Library Americas blog, May 2013