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Fouad Marei

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Postdoc Research Fellow, Nov. 2016 - Oct. 2017

Dr. Fouad Gehad Marei is a Research Fellow at the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and a Lecturer in Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a PhD in International Relations from Durham University, UK. 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.

Based on fieldwork in Lebanon, Syria and Morocco, his broad research agenda focuses on state-society relations, governance, and religious activism in contexts of neoliberal developmentalism and conflict and post-conflict situations. Currently, his research investigates hybrid and emerging forms of governance and urban revitalisation strategies in Beirut’s southern suburbs as well as Shi’i-Islamic activism in Lebanon and beyond. In 2015/2016, he undertook a pilot study of/in Syrian refugee settlements in the Bekaa, Lebanon. The study assesses the situation of refugee and host communities, identifies priorities and vulnerabilities, and maps local, national and international actors involved in crisis response plans.

Previously, Fouad served as a Program Manager and conflict transformation and stabilisation consultant. He authored several policy papers examining civilian and local administration structures, the emerging justice and police sectors, and violent-extremist messaging in the Syrian civil war. He partook in developing and implementing Integrated Community Security Programmes.

Most recently, Fouad convened thematic panel discussions entitled Interrogating the State: The State, the non-State, and contested spatialities in the Arab world (London, 2015) and, as part of a joint collaboration between the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an international workshop entitled Governing the Ungovernable? Interrogating Global Geographies of Transformation and Intervention (Berlin, 2016).



“Preaching Development: Shi’i Piety and Neoliberalism in Beirut”. In Religious Activism in the Global Economy: Promoting, Reforming or Resisting Neoliberal Globalization? Sabine Dreher and Peter J. Smith (eds.) Washington, DC (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).

“Public Order, Security and Justice in the Syrian Civil War”. ARK Workshop Reports. Istanbul/Ras Al Khaimah (ARK Group MCC, 2013a).

“Multiple Justices and Contending Legitimacies: Security and Justice in Northern Syria”. Special Reports. Istanbul/Ras Al Khaimah (ARK Group MCC, 2013b)