Dr. Fouad Gehad Marei joined the Centre for Middle Eastern and North African Politics in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer. He was awarded a PhD in International Relations from Durham University, UK, in 2012. Fouad is also the recipient of the 2015/2016 Research Grant Award of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and the Swedish International Development Agency for his project Resistance, Piety and Development: Hezbollah’s Capital of Resistance as Global City.
His broad research agenda focuses on state-society relations, globalisation and development, and Islamist religious activism in conflict and post-conflict contexts with a particular focus on Lebanon and Syria. In 2015/2016, he conducted a pilot study of/in Syrian refugee settlements in Lebanon assessing the situation of refugee and host communities and mapping actors involved in crisis response plans.
Prior to joining Freie Universität Berlin, Fouad was a conflict transformation and stabilisation consultant. He conducted fieldwork in Syria and authored policy papers examining civilian opposition and local administration structures, the emerging justice and police sectors, and violent-extremist messaging. In addition, he partook in developing and implementing Integrated Community Security Programmes.
Fouad convened a thematic panel discussion entitled Interrogating the State: The State, the non-State, and contested spatialities in the Arab world (London, 2015) and, as part of a collaboration between the Hertie School of Governance and the London School of Economics, convened an international workshop entitled Governing the Ungovernable? Interrogating Global Geographies of Transformation and Intervention (Berlin, 2016).