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:
Environment and sustainable development
Security and sustainable peace
Democratization, migration and sustainable socio-economic development
Religion, identity and culture
Karin Aggestam, Professor of Political Science, CMES Director, MECW Scientific Coordinator
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Ronny Berndtsson, Professor of Water Resource Engineeering, CMES Deputy Director, MECW Deputy Scientific Coordinator
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Trendspotting Future Challenges in the Middle East
In 2021, CMES organized an event in which five researchers were given ten minutes each to present a trendspotting analysis about key issues in the Middle East. Read more and watch the presentations here.
Democracy in the Middle East
In Almedalen 2022, CMES organized a panel discussion on democracy in the Middle East featuring Cecilia Uddén (Radio Sweden), Isabell Schierenbeck (University of Gothenburg), Robert Rydberg (Ministry for Foreign Affairs) and Rouzbeh Parsi (Swedish Institute of International Affairs). The discussion was chaired by Karin Aggestam (CMES Director, Lund University). A video recording of the event (in Swedish) is available on the CMES YouTube Channel.
Gender-Just Peace in the Middle East
In Almedalen 2022, CMES organized a panel discussion on the possibilities of gender-just peace in the Middle East featuring Charlotta Sparre (Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa), Emma Sundkvist (Lund University), Joel Abdelmoez (CMES, Lund University) and Marie Wikström (Kvinna till Kvinna). The discussion was chaired by Karin Aggestam (CMES Director, Lund University). A video recording of the event (in Swedish) is available on the CMES YouTube Channel.