Hussam Hussein

Hussam Hussein


Departmental Lecturer and Research Fellow in International Relations
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Hussam is a Departmental Lecturer and Research Fellow in International Relations in DPIR. He obtained his PhD degree from the School of International Development, University of East Anglia – Norwich, UK. His PhD thesis investigated the discourse of water scarcity in the case of Jordan, and its impacts on transboundary water governance. After his PhD, he 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. His 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). His 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. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Water Security Research Centre – School of International Development of the University of East Anglia (UK). Hussam obtained his 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. He also worked for the Italian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, European Parliament, and for the International Finance Corporation. He worked as an international consultant for UNICEF, the World Bank, and BGR. 

Research Interests

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

- Climate change politics

Environment and Climate Change