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CMES Research

CMES coordinates, supports and conducts Middle East research at Lund University. CMES aspires to foster multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives, approaches, and methodologies in relation to Middle East research. The Centre's core and affiliated research team has given rise to fruitful exchanges across different scientific fields and culminated in a range of interdisciplinary research projects. We aspire to produce cutting edge research that also informs our public engagement! We actively seek opportunities that can enable us to establish and make use of new societal synergies and research collaboration. 

Most of the research at CMES is situated within the Strategic Research Area (SRA) “The Middle East in the Contemporary World” (MECW), which is funded by the Swedish Research Council. 

The MECW-research program consists of four research themes:

  1. Environment and sustainable development

  2. Security and sustainable peace

  3. Democratization, migration and sustainable socio-economic development

  4. Religion, identity and culture

Scientific Coordination

Karin Aggestam, Professor of Political Science, CMES Director, MECW Scientific Coordinator

karin [dot] aggestam [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Ronny Berndtsson, Professor of Water Resource Engineeering, CMES Deputy Director, MECW Deputy Scientific Coordinator 

ronny [dot] berndtsson [at] tvrl [dot] lth [dot] se