Dr G Teti
Dr G Teti

Dr G Teti

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs



Andrea Teti is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and 2018/19 Visiting Fellow at the GramsciLab (University of Cagliari). He was previously Principal Investigator for the ArabTransformations Project (2015-16, EU FP7, €2.49m), Visiting Professor at the University of Ghent's Middle East & North Africa Research Group (2018), and held the 2015-16 ACCESS Europe Visiting Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (2015-16). In 2016, he joined the Editorial Board of Middle East Critique, and becoming an Associate Editor in 2019. In 2019, he was also elected Trustee of the British Society for Middle East Studies (BRISMES) and was recently appointed to BRISMES' Committee on Academic Freedom, as well as co-founder and Co-Chair of the Critical Middle East Studies research network.  

His research focuses on the politics of democracy promotion in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and several related areas spanning the history and theory of social science. Andrea has published in English, Italian and French on democratization, Egyptian politics, knowledge production in Social Science, and political theory (e.g. ConstructivismOrientalism). His analyses are considered leading exemplars of Constructivism and of Poststructuralism in these areas, as well as innovative uses of Critical Discourse Analysis in scrutinising EU policy towards the Middle East (201220132015) and influential critiques of orthodox models of Democratization in the region. His account of the so-called 'Area Studies Controversy' is widely cited and features on syllabi worldwide. He is also editor of Hidden Geographies: Informal Power in the Greater Middle East (2014) with Gennaro Gervasio and Luca Anceschi. As Consortium Leader for the Arab Transformations Project, he was responsible overseeing the production of 21 Working Papers, 11 Policy Briefs, singly or jointly authoring a majority of these, and co-authoring an additional two Briefs on behalf of the EU (Perceptions of Democracy, Development and the EU, 2014; Social Cohesion, 2016). The Project also produced a data set of public opinion surveys carried out in late 2014, and a longitudinal database including other major surveys and quantitative indicators. His recent publications focus on analysing the results of the Arab Transformations Project and their implications for various subfields: these publications include a book on The Arab Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan (2017), and articles on corruption (2017), on the role of youth in the Uprisings (2018), and on conceptions of democracy in four Arab countries (2019). Forthcoming work for 2019 includes a co-authored book on EU-MENA relations, as well as an article on Foucault in materiali foucaultiani 

Andrea appears regulalry 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 been featured on 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, Affari Italiani (Italy), Mada MasrAswat Masriya/Reuters Egypt, Egypt IndependentThe Cairo Post (Egypt), IslamopediaQantara, and has been interviewed or cited in several more.

In Aberdeen, Andrea is Board member of the Centre for Civil Society and Rule of Law and of the POLITICO doctoral programme, as well as member and formerly Director of both the Centre for Modern Thought and the Centre for Global Security and Governance. He is also currently External Examiner for the BA and MA in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle East Studies (AIMES) at the University of Leeds, and incoming External Examiner for the MA in International Relations of the Middle East and the MA in Conflict, Security and Development at the University of Exeter.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • University Working Group on Research Integrity (2018+)
  • REF Impact Case Coordinator, Department of Politics & International Relations (2017+)
  • School Disabilities Officer (2018+)
  • Consortium Director, Arab Transformations Project (€2.49m, EU FP7, 2013-2016)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2017-19: Grant Assessor & Board of Assessors, Research Incentive Grants (AHSS), Carnegie Endowment for the Universities of Scotland
  • 2016+: Board of Editors, Middle East Critique 

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.

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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

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