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CMES Research

The majority of CMES research projects are situated within the strategic research area (SRA) called “The Middle East in the Contemporary World” or MECW. MECW, funded by the Swedish Research Council, is the foundation for research efforts organized by the center with the aim of coordinating, redirecting, and expanding research at Lund University. In addition to MECW, CMES hosts several multi-disciplinary research projects with external funding.

The MECW 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

Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural and Applied Sciences

Recognising the complexity of the Middle Eastern states, societies, and cultures as well as of the region as a whole and its transnational dimensions and connections, and realising the need for innovative research that can do justice to it, CMES aspires to foster multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives, approaches, and methodologies.

Our core and affiliated researcher team spans social sciences, humanities, and natural and applied sciences, and our research seminars and other research-related activities have given rise to fruitful exchanges across different scientific fields and culminated in a range of interdisciplinary research projects.

Synergies and Collaboration

We aspire to produce research of the highest standard that informs our public engagement and we always welcome comments, suggestions and actively seek opportunities that can enable us to establish and make use of synergies and collaboration. The Centre is host to several research projects with external financial support: you can find information and contact details about each project to the left.