School of Social and Political Science

Dr Lucy Abbott

Job Title

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Lucy joined Edinburgh in 2017, following posts at the University of Oxford and Durham University. She served as Programme Director of the MSc International Relations of the Middle East and International Relations of the Middle East with (Advanced) Arabic programmes. She is the founding convenor of PIR's Middle East Research Group, an interdisciplinary research network with a cross university membership. The research group co-ordinates and hosts the Contemporary Middle East Series, PIR/SPS flagship public engagement programme on the Middle East. 

Teaching 21/22 - Semester 2

Gulf Politics (PGT)

International Security (PGT)

Politics of the Middle East (UG)


(2021) "Entrusted Norms: Security, Trust and Betrayal in the Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis" European Journal of International Relations (forthcoming) (with Vincent C. Keating) 

(2020) "The States of the Persian Gulf: From Protectorates to Independent Countries" in The Routledge Handbook of Persian Gulf Politics edited by Mehran Kamrava. Abingdon, Routledge.

(2018) "Civil Resistance and the Arab Spring" International Affairs Vol. 94 (1)

(2018) “International Democracy Promotion and Democratization in the Middle East and North Africa" Democratization Vol 25 (1): 178-184

(2016) "The Conceptual Public Sphere and its Problems: Habermas, Political Action and the Arab States" Journal of International Political Theory Vol. 12 (3): 365-379

Current Doctoral Students

Zeineb Alsabeegh

Alexis Montambault-Trudelle

Turki Buyabes

Research interests

Research interests

International Relations | Comparative Political Economy of the Arab Gulf States

Staff Hours and Guidance

On sabbatical leave until January 2022.