Dr Andrea Teti

Dr Andrea Teti

Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrea Teti
Dr Andrea Teti

Contact Details


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


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.


Research Interests

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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:



Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • 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 

Admin Responsibilities

  • 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)

Areas of Supervision

  • Political Theory
  • Middle East Politics
  • EU Neighbourhood Policy, Democracy Assistance

Media activity

Media appearances include interviews and/or full programmes for France24, Al-Jazeera English, Canada’s CBC, Deutsche Welle, SBS (Australia), RAI 1, RAI 3, Radio 3 Mondo, GR1, GR2 (Italy), BBC (Radio 4’s Today Programme, Radio Scotland, BBC Wales) and ITV (UK), and KPFK Pacifica (USA). I regularly contribute to OpenDemocracy, The Conversation,and to Greece’s main weekend broadsheet To Vima. Since 2010, I have also written for and been cited in outlets including The Scotsman, Berfrois, The Big Issue (UK), La Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera, Il Fatto, L’Unità, Il Manifesto, VICE News Italia (Italy), Mada Masr, Egypt Independent, Al-Youm Al-Sabe’a, The Cairo Post (Egypt), AffariItaliani, Islamopedia, Qantara and others.


Publications in print media and specialist outlets

  • 2018    Teti, A. and Abbott, P. “Al-Sisi poised for empty victory in Egypt as signs of unrest grow across the region”; reprinted in TheWire.in, 28/3; MENA-Forum.comSabrangIndia.in,27/3
  • 2018    Teti, A. and Abbott, P. “Tunisia is back on a knife edge – here’s why” The Conversation, 17/01; reprinted in News24.com 18/01, Scroll.in, 20/01, MirrorMedia.mg 21/01, and the Economic Research Forum (ERF) 30/01
  • 2017    Teti, A. “Egypt’s predictable tragedy,” OpenDemocracy,30/11 (Front Page on 02/12, 03/12); reprinted in Marsad Egypt and RadioFree.org
  • 2017    Teti, A. and Abbott, P. “Against the tide: why women's equality remains a distant dream in Arab countries,” The Conversation, 20/4; reprinted in NewsweekYahoo NewsGlobalNPO and New Age Islam,21/4
  • 2017    Abbott, P., Teti, A., & DeJesus, K. “Iraq must now rebuild itself – and that means fixing its dreadful governance,” The Conversation, 31/07; reprinted on Informed CommentMetro News, and BeccariaPortal, 01/08
  • 2017    Sorbera, L., Teti, A., Gervasio, G., & De Angelis, E. “Giulio Regeni e le Ragioni della Giustizia,” Minima & Moralia, 1–5; translated and reprinted 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, 12/08; reprinted in Centre for Security Studies Blog (ETH Zurich), 30/08
  • 2017    Teti, A., & Abbott, P. “What do people in the Arab countries want? Conceptions of democracy,” OpenDemocracy, 12/08; reprinted in MyNews LibyaLibya Tribune, 16/08
  • 2017    Teti, A., Abbott, P., & Dagher, M. “Iraq after ISIS: continued conflict or rebuilding beyond ethno-sectarian identities?” OpenDemocracy, 12/08
  • 2017    Abbott, P., Teti, A., & Sapsford, R. “Public disgust over corruption threatens stability in Middle East and North Africa,” The Conversation, 13/06; reprinted Business Standard, 14/06
  • 2015    Fominaya, C. F. and Teti, A. “Spain’s Hologram Protests,” OpenDemocracy, 15/06
  • 2014    Teti, A. “Egypt’s government by Baltaga”, Middle East Research and Information Project, July 4th; reprinted in OpenDemocracy, 05/07
  • 2014    Teti, A., G. Gervasio and V. Matthies-Boon, “Sisiphus: A Brittle System With No Prospect of Reform,” Middle East Report Online, 10/06; abridged & reprinted in Aswat Masriya, 17/06
  • 2014    A. Teti and S. Hynek“Verdict in Al Jazeera trial shows regime’s contempt for press freedom in Egypt”, The Conversation, 23/06; reprinted in MamaMia.com.au 24/06
  • 2014    A. Teti and S. Hynek, “Egypt prepares to hail former army chief as president”, The Conversation, 27/05
  • 2014    A. Teti and S. Hynek “In Egypt, El-Sisi’s victory may be short-lived,” OpenDemocracy, 26/5
  • 2014    A. Teti and S. Hynek, “Egypt prepares to hail former army chief,” The Conversation, 27/05
  • 2014    A. Teti, “Europe’s elites are more like Berlusconi than you think,” The Conversation, 18/04; reprinted in The Epoch Times, 18/04
  • 2014    A. Teti and G. Gervasio, “Egypt and the Arab Uprisings,” OpenDemocracy, 25/01
  • 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 CommonDreams 10/07
  • 2013    A. Teti, “Egypt: From Uprising to Revolution?” ExploringGeopolitics, 9/3
  • 2013    A. Teti, “Hoping for an Italian Spring?” OpenDemocracy, 10/03
  • 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
  • 2009    A. Teti, “Non si può parlare per sempre: Obama e la questione palestinese,” Nuvole, n. 39
  • 2008    A. Teti, “Obama e la questione palestinese,” Lettera22
  • 2008    A. Teti, “Open season on Egypt’s opposition, but Islam is not the solution,” Tabsir, 27/4


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