Dr G Teti
Dr G Teti

Dr G Teti

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs



Andrea Teti is Senior Associate Editor of Middle East Critique, previously holding visiting positions at the GramsciLab (Università di Cagliari, 2018-19), the University of Ghent (Middle East & North Africa Research Group, 2018) and ACCESS Europe Visiting Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (2015-16). He was ArabTransformations Project Leader (2015-16), Trustee of the British Society for Middle East Studies (2019-22) now serving on its Committee on Academic Freedom, and is co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Critical Middle East Studies network.

His research is on EU-Middle East politics, publishing widely on democratization, Egyptian politics and political theory (e.g. ConstructivismOrientalism). His analyses are considered leading exemplars of Constructivism and of Poststructuralism in Middle East Studies, including innovative Critical Discourse Analyses of EU policy towards the Middle East (201220132015) and critiques of orthodox models of Democratization. His work on the Area Studies Controversy is widely cited, featuring on syllabi worldwide. He was co-editor of Informal Power in the Greater Middle East (2014) and as Arab Transformations Project Director, he oversaw the production of 21 Working Papers, 11 Policy Briefs, contributing to most of these and co-authoring two EU Briefs (Perceptions of Democracy, Development and the EU, 2014; Social Cohesion, 2016).

Recent publications include Democratization vs Democracy (2020), The Arab Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan (2018), work on corruption (2017), the role of youth in the Uprisings (2018) and conceptions of democracy in Arab countries (2019).

Dr Teti appeared on international media (e.g. BBC, Al-Jazeera English, France24, Canada's CBC, Australia's SBS, Deutsche Welle, Italy's RAI) and contributes to OpenDemocracy and The Conversation, featuring on Newsweek, Middle East Report, The Scotsman, To Vima, Il Manifesto, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Minima et Moralia, Lavoro Culturale, Reuters Egypt, Egypt Independent etc.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • University Working Group on Research Integrity (2018-19)
  • REF Impact Case Coordinator & Case Study Author, Department of Politics & International Relations (2017-21)
  • School Disabilities Officer (2018+)
  • Consortium Director, Arab Transformations Project (€2.49m, EU FP7, 2015-2016)
  • Director, Centre for Global Security and Governance (2013-2015)
  • Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence doctoral cluster (2010-2014)
  • Overseas Exchange Co-ordinator, Non-EU & Erasmus (Aberdeen, 2008-18)
External Memberships
  • 2021+: Senior Associate Editor, Middle East Critique 
  • 2019+: Committee for Academic Freedom, British Society for Middle East Studies
  • 2019+: External Examiner, University of Exeter, MA in International Relations of the Middle East
  • 2019-2022: Trustee, British Society for Middle East Studies 
  • 2017-20: External Examiner, University of Leeds, BA & MA in Arab, Islamic, and Middle East Studies
  • 2019-21: Associate Editor, Middle East Critique 
  • 2017-19: Grant Assessor & Board of Assessors, Research Incentive Grants (AHSS), Carnegie Endowment for the Universities of Scotland
  • 2016-19: Board of Editors, Middle East Critique 

Latest Publications

  • Scholarship on the Middle East in Political Science and International Relations: A Reassessment

    Teti, A., Abbott, P.
    PS: Political Science & Politics
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Gramsci’s ‘Southern Question’ and the Egyptian Revolution: Intellectuals, Disruption and Subalternity

    Teti, G. A., Gervasio, G.
    Review of African Political Economy
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Strangers in Plain Sight: Conceptions of Democracy in EU Neighbourhood Policy and in Public Opinion across North Africa

    Abbott, P., Teti, A.
    The Journal of North African Studies, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 691-713
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Perceptions of the EU: Activists and public opinion in the Middle East

    Teti, A., Gervasio, G., Abbott, P.
    Routledge Handbook of EU–Middle East Relations. Bouris, D., Huber, D., Pace, M. (eds.). 1 edition. Routledge
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Ferocious and Fragile: Egypt and the Myth of ‘Authoritarian Stability’

    Gervasio, G., Teti, A.
    States, Actors and Geopolitical Drivers in the Mediterranean. Corrao, F., Redaelli, R. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 203-218, 16 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

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Research Overview

  • Democracy, democratization, democracy-promotion: especially EU and UK democracy assistance towards the Middle East
  • Middle Eastern Politics: Egypt, democracy & authoritarianism, civil society, labour movements, Israel/Palestine
  • IR Theory/Political Theory: Poststructuralism, Foucault, Deleuze, Debord, Gramsci, Constructivism

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Philosophy, Politics and International Relations.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Politics and International Relations

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • International Relations
  • European Union Politics
  • Social Theory
  • Modern Middle Eastern Studies

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


  • Fellow, Centre for Modern Thought (CMT)
  • Fellow, Centre for Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL)
  • Centre for Global Security and Governance (CGSG)

Funding and Grants

  • 2018: Visiting Fellowship, University of Cagliari and GramsciLab
  • 2018-23: Co-Applicant, EU Marie Curie COFUND, ‘POLITICO’ €2.8m
  • 2018: Faculty of Social and Political Studies mobility award, University of Ghent, €4,500
  • 2017: Global Challenges Research Fund, University of Aberdeen, £5,103
  • 2017: Knowledge Transfer and Exchange, University of Aberdeen, £9,800
  • 2015-16: ACCESS Europe, University of Amsterdam, €5,000
  • 2013-16: Scientific Lead, Arab Transformations Project, Funded under the EU's Framework Programme 7 (€2.49m, SSH-2012, grant number 320214)
  • 2013-14: PI, Carnegie Trust, "Paradoxes of Western Democracy-promotion in the Middle East: Conceptions of Democracy in Donors and Recipients"
  • 2012-13: AHRC, Transition Paradigms and Policy-making, co-PIs Dr. Jeroen Gunning (King’s College London) and Dr. Vivienne Matthies-Boon (Amsterdam), £25,575
  • 2011-15: Co-PI, University of Aberdeen, College of Arts & Social Science (RPAS), Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence programme

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate and Masters

I teach various courses on IR theory and Middle East politics at both undergraduate and graduate levels. I am currently co-ordinator for Middle Eastern Politics (Honours), Global Politics from the Middle East (Honours) and teach on the core course Theories and Ideologies of Politics and International Relations.


Doctoral Research Supervision


Areas of Supervision:

I am interested in supervising undergraduate or graduate research projects in the following areas:
  • Middle East politics (e.g. International Relations of the Middle East, impact of globalisation, political & economic liberalisation, democratisation, foreign policies of major powers towards the region, etc.)
  • Political Theory / IR Theory (particularly Foucault, Deleuze, Debord and Gramsci)
  • Democracy, Democratization, Authoritarianism

Current Research Students:

Former Research Students:




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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals

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Non-textual Forms