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.



In addition to MECW, CMES hosts several multi-disciplinary research projects with external funding. 


This project, 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.

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 has been aspiring 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 interdisciplinary research projects such as Hydrosolidarity, Syria: post-conflict futures, Conflict Diasporas and Understanding Population Mobility and Land Dynamics in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Scientific coordination

karin [dot] aggestam [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Karin Aggestam) professor, MECW scientific coordinator, Political Science

ronny [dot] berndtsson [at] tvrl [dot] lth [dot] se (Ronny Berndtsson), professor, MECW deputy scientific coordinator, Water Resource Engineering

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 Center is host to several research projects with external financial support: you can find information and contact details about each project to the left.