Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen Room F37,
Department of Politics and International Relations,
University of Aberdeen,
Edward Wright Building,
Dunbar Street,
Aberdeen AB24 3QY
Media enquiries: tel: +44 (0)7879773837
Web Links

ArabTransformations Project ; ResearchgateAcademia.edu ; Social Science Research Network ; Twitter 



Andrea Teti is Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Security and Governance (CGSG) and the Centre for Modern Thought (CMT), and member of the Centre for Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL). 

His research focuses on the politics of democracy promotion in Euro-Mediterranean relations, and he was Principal Investigator and Consortium Coordinator for the ArabTransformations Project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. He has also written on Egyptian politics, knowledge production in Social Science, and the work of Michel Foucault. His academic publications appear in English, Italian and French. He is editor of Hidden Geographies: Informal Power in the Greater Middle East with Gennaro Gervasio and Luca Anceschi. His latest book is The Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia: Social, Political and Economic Transformations currently in press. In 2016, he joined the Editorial Board of Middle East Critique.

Andrea has appeared on national and international media, including the BBC, Al-Jazeera English, France24, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's SBS,Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, and Italy's RAI state broadcaster. He is also a regular contributor to OpenDemocracy and The Conversation, and has written for various newspapers and magazines including NewsweekCommon Dreams, Middle East Report (US), The ScotsmanBerfroisAberdeen Press & JournalThe Big Issue (UK), To Vima (Greece), L’UnitàIl Manifesto, La Repubblica, Il Fatto Quotidiano, VICE News ItaliaMinima et Moralia, AffariItaliani (Italy), Mada MasrAswat Masriya, Egypt IndependentAl-Youm Al-Sabe’a, The Cairo Post (Egypt), IslamopediaQantara, and several others.


Research Interests

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

Current Research

My primary area of research is currently the politics of democracy-promotion in the Middle East, specifically the relationship between how knowledge is produced, translated into policy, applied, and how resulting political dynamics affect knowledge production in turn. I have a particular interest in labour movements and civil society groups in the Middle East, as well as political parties and elections. With Gennaro Gervasio, I also look at the authoritarian practices of the Egyptian regime, in particular the range of techniques being used to empty democratic commitments of any substance.

My main area of theoretical interest is poststructuralism. Here, I worked on the archaeology and geneaology of Constructivism in International Relations and on the production of knowledge on the Middle East and in democratization studies, as well as on the debate between Edward Said and Michel Foucault. My current theoretical research maps and develops the concepts of avowal (aveu) and confession in Foucault, showing their applicability to a wide range of problems and fields (e.g. democracy, debt, and political radicalisation).


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

Research Grants

  • Scientific Lead, Arab Transformations Project, 2013-2016, Funded under the EU's Framework Programme 7 (€2.49m, SSH-2012, grant number 320214)
  • PI, Carnegie Trust, 2013-2014: "Paradoxes of Western Democracy-promotion in the Middle East: Conceptions of Democracy in Donors and Recipients"
  • Co-PI, University of Aberdeen, College of Arts & Social Science (RPAS), 2011-2015 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), Advanced Topics in Political Theory (Honours) and Democracy and Security in the Middle East (postgraduate).


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:

  • Ludwig Bucholz (Centre for Modern Thought, with Eddie Campbell)
  • Domenico Carolei (Centre for Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL), with Mátyás Bodig and Trevor Stack)
  • Saerom Han (Centre for Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL), with Cristina Flesher Fominaya)
  • Sarah Hynek (Comparative Constitutionalism and Statecraft, with Johan Rasanayagam)
  • Mustafa Khedewi (PIR, Arab Transformations Project)
  • Lotje van Uhm (PIR)

Former Research Students:



Further Info

External Responsibilities

2018 Visiting Fellow, Middle East and North African Research Group, University of Ghent

2017+ External Examiner, Department of Arabic, Islamic, and Middle East Studies (AIMES), University of Leeds

2015-2016 ACCESS Europe Visiting Fellow, University of Amsterdam

2009-10 Fellow, Plymouth International Studies Centre (PISC)

2008-09 Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Political Science, University of Salerno (Italy)

2008 Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, University of Turin (Italy)

Admin Responsibilities

  • School Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Dissertation Adviser (IR)
  • Co-ordinator, Middle Eastern Politics (Honours)
  • Co-ordinator, Advanced Topics in Political Theory (Honours)
  • Co-ordinator, Political Theories and Ideologies (PI2009)

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 (especially UK, EU, US and INGO programmes)

Media activity

Andrea has appeared on several national and international media commenting on the 'Arab Uprisings' in Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, and Libya, and on international reactions. Media appearances include Al-Jazeera English's Inside Story, the BBC, ITV, Australia's SBS, France24, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Deutsche Welle, RAI (Italy), and Radio Pacifica's Radio Intifada.

He is a regular contributor to OpenDemocracy and The Conversation, where he writes about EU, Egyptian, and Italian politics, and has also written for various outlets including The Scotsman, Berfrois, Aberdeen Press and Journal, The Big Issue (UK), L’Unità, Il Manifesto, Il Fatto, Repubblica (Italy), To Vima (Greece), Egypt Independent, Al-Youm Al-Sabe’a, The Cairo Post (Egypt), as well as AffariItaliani, Islamopedia, Qantara, Pravda, Exploring Geopolitics, Arabismo.



2010: P. Caridi, A. Teti (transl.) Hamas: From Resistance to Government, 1st ed.: Jerusalem: PASSIA; 2nd ed. (2012): New York: Seven Stories Press.

2001: F. Spitzer, A. Teti (transl.) Lost Years: From Concentration Camp to Freedom, DIANE Publishing Company

Publications in print media and specialist outlets

The following is a selection of recent publications in international print and online media, policy briefing papers, as well as specialist outlets such as OpenDemocracy and The Conversation.

NB: This list currently excludes all reports and paper authored for teh ArabTrasnformations Project (arabtras.eu).

2017: P. Abbott and Teti, A. “Against the tide: why women's equality remains a distant dream in Arab countries,” The Conversation, 20/4; reprinted in Newsweek and Yahoo News 21/4

2017: Abbott, P., Teti, A., & DeJesus, K. “Iraq must now rebuild itself – and that means fixing its dreadful governance,” The Conversation, July 31; reprinted on Informed Comment, August 1

2017: Teti, A., Sorbera, L., Gervasio, G., & De Angelis, E. (2017, August). Giulio Regeni e le Ragioni della Giustizia. Minima & Moralia, 1–5; translated and reprinted as “Raison d’état: On Giulio Regeni and the return of Italy’s ambassador to Cairo” in English and Arabic on Mada Masr and in French on Orient XXI.

2017: Teti, A., & Abbott, P.  “Perceptions of EU foreign policy in the MENA region,” OpenDemocracy, August 12

2017: Teti, A., & Abbott, P. What do people in the Arab countries want? Conceptions of democracy. OpenDemocracy, August 12

2017: Teti, A., Abbott, P., & Dagher, M. “Iraq after ISIS: continued conflict or rebuilding beyond ethno-sectarian identities?” OpenDemocracy, August 12

2017: Abbott, P., Teti, A., & Sapsford, R. “Public disgust over corruption threatens stability in Middle East and North Africa,” The Conversation, June 13

2016: A. Teti, “The EU’s policy response to the Uprisings,” Global Affairs, 2(4), 393–396.

2015: Fominaya, C. F. and Teti, A. “Spain’s Hologram Protests,” OpenDemocracy, June 15

2014: A. Teti, “Egypt’s government by Baltaga”, Middle East Research and Information Project, July 4th; reprinted in OpenDemocracy, July 5th

2014: A. Teti, G. Gervasio and V. Matthies-Boon, “Sisiphus: A Brittle System With No Prospect of Reform,” Middle East Report Online, June 10; abridged & reprinted in Aswat Masriya, 17/06

2014: Sarah Hynek & A. Teti, "Verdict in Al Jazeera trial shows regime’s contempt for press freedom in Egypt”, The Conversation, June 23rd 

2014: A. Teti & S. Hynek, “Egypt prepares to hail former army chief as president”, The Conversation, May 27th  

2014: S. Hynek & A. Teti, “In Egypt, El-Sisi’s victory may be short-lived,” OpenDemocracy, 26/5

2014: A. Teti, “Europe’s elites are more like Berlusconi than you think,” The Conversation, 18/04

2014: A. Teti and G. Gervasio, “Egypt and the Arab Uprisings,” OpenDemocracy, 25/01

2014: A. Teti, G. Gervasio, L. Anceschi, “Crossing the Formal/Informal Boundary,” in G. Gervasio, L. Anceschi, A. Teti (eds.) Informal Geographies of Power, London: Routledge; pp. 1-8.

2013: G. Gervasio & A. Teti, “I segreti inconfessabili del golpe democratico,” Limes: Rivista italiana di geopolitica, 13(7): 111-116.

2013: A. Teti, “The Function of Violence in Egypt,” OpenDemocracy, 22/08; reprinted in Descrier

2013: A. Teti and G. Gervasio, “The Army’s coup in Egypt: for the people or against the people?” OpenDemocracy, 23/07; reprinted in Common Dreams

2013: A. Teti, “Egypt: From Uprising to Revolution?” ExploringGeopolitics, 09/03

2013: A. Teti, “Hoping for an Italian Spring?” OpenDemocracy, 10/03

2013: A. Teti, “Italy’s 2013 General Elections,” Arab Forum for Alternatives, Cairo, March 2013

2012    A. Teti & G. Gervasio, “After Mubarak, Before Transition,” Interface, 4(1): 102-112.

2012: A. Teti and G. Gervasio, “Egypt’s Presidential Elections 2012,” EuroMeSCo Briefs, n. 46; reprinted as 'Observatory on Euro-Mediterranean Policies’ Focus, n. 49

2012: A. Teti and S. Maltman, “Israel and Gaza,” ECIA Briefing Paper

2012: A. Teti, V. Matthies-Boon and G. Gervasio “Morsy’s Miscalculations and the Ikhwan’s Impasse,” OpenDemocracy, 29/11; reprinted in Berfrois.

2012: A. Teti, “The Revolution Continues: Morsy’s Miscalculations and the Ikhwan’s Impasse,” Berfrois, 29/11; reprinted in OpenDemocracy.

2012: A. Teti and G. Gervasio “Egypt’s Presidential Elections,” openDemocracy, 19/06

2012: A. Teti, “NATO Middle East policy reform: learning from EU failures,” openSecurity, 21/5; reprinted as “The Dangers of ‘Stability’” in Atlantic Community

2012: A. Teti, “Italy’s Elections and the European Social Model,” openDemocracy, 10/05

2011: A. Teti, “Pane, libertà e dignità: Lezioni dalle rivolte arabe,” Lo Straniero, 130: 31-39.

2011: A. Teti and Gennaro Gervasio “The Politics of Egypt’s Elections,” openDemocracy, 15/12; reprinted for Israel und Palästina, and Centre Tricontinental

2011: A. Teti, “While Rome Was Burning: Italy’s Politics of Patronage,” openDemocracy, 14/11

2011: A. Teti, “The Egyptian Gambit,” openDemocracy, 20/09

2011: A. Teti, “Mubarak and the Struggle for Power in the ‘New Egypt’”, e-IR, 19/08

2011: A. Teti, “The Politics of Fearlessness,” openDemocracy, 05/02

2011: A. Teti, and Gennaro Gervasio “Egypt’s Post-democratic Elections,” openDemocracy, 14/1

2011: A. Teti, “Egypt’s First Free Parliamentary Elections,” ECIA Policy Paper, September

2011: A. Teti and G. Gervasio, “Egypt’s Second January Uprising,” Mediterranean Yearbook 2011

2011: A. Teti, “Opposition in Post-Revolutionary Egypt,” ISPI Working Paper n. 42

2011: A. Teti, “Saudi Arabia and the Challenge of GCC Expansion”, ECIA Briefing, 14/05

2011: A. Teti, “Bahrain: Roots and Implications of the uprising”, ECIA Policy Paper, April

2011: A. Teti, “Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum”, ECIA Briefing, 20/03

2011: A. Teti & G. Gervasio, “Cercando un altro Egitto: tra democrazia e contro-rivoluzione,” Afriche e Orienti, 11(1): 130-137.

2011: A. Teti & G. Gervasio “Elezioni in Egitto,” Afriche e Orienti, 10(2): 140-146.



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