Hussam Hussein

Fulford Junior Research Fellow; Departmental Lecturer and Research Fellow in International Relations

I am a Departmental Lecturer and Oxford Martin Fellow in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford, member of the Middle East Centre, and Fulford Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College.

I obtained my PhD degree from the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. My PhD thesis investigated the discourse of water scarcity in the case of Jordan, and its impacts on transboundary water governance. After the PhD, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the American University of Beirut, investigating hydropolitics in the Levant region, and as a Research Associate at the University of Kassel working on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Mediterranean Region.

My fieldwork has been funded by the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), the Arab Council for Social Sciences (ACSS), and by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). My research focuses on the role of discourses in shaping water policies in the Middle East, on transboundary water governance and critical hydropolitics, and on issues related to the political economy of water resources in arid and semi-arid regions. I am a Visiting Fellow of the Water Security Research Centre – School of International Development of the University of East Anglia (UK). I obtained my BA and MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste – Gorizia (Italy), studied Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS, University of London, and obtained an MA in Interdisciplinary European Studies from the College of Europe.

I also worked for the Italian Embassy in Amman, the European Parliament, and for the International Finance Corporation. I also worked as an international consultant for UNICEF, the World Bank, and BGR.

My research focuses on Hydropolitics (transboundary water governance, conflict and cooperation over shared water resources), role of discourses and narratives in IR, construction of (water) scarcities, and climate change politics.

Research and Publications (Department Website)


‘Production of scale in regional hydropolitics: An analysis of La Plata River Basin and the Guarani Aquifer System in South America’
Luis Paulo Batista da Silva, Hussam Hussein
Volume 99, Pages 42-53 (2019)

“Monitoring Transboundary Water Cooperation in SDG 6.5.2: How a Critical Hydropolitics Approach Can Spot Inequitable Outcomes”
Hussein, Hussam, Filippo Menga, and Francesca Greco. 2018.
Sustainability 10, no. 10: 3640.

‘Lifting the veil: Unpacking the discourse of water scarcity in Jordan,
Environmental Science & Policy’
Hussam Hussein
Volume 89, Pages 385-392 (2018)

‘Political contexts and power asymmetries: the cases of the Blue Nile and the Yarmouk Rivers’
Hussein, H., Grandi, M. Dynamic
Int Environ Agreements 17, 795–814 (2017).

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