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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.


Research supervision

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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