CMES hosts and coordinates a large number of interdisciplinary research projects. Whereas a majority of them are part of the MECW-research program there are additional projects with external research funding from the Swedish Research Council, Fortes, Riksbankens Jubileumsfund, the European Commission, Australian Research Council and more.
Recognizing that the complexities of the Middle East region are best addressed through interdisciplinary research collaboration, the research staff consists of scholars from different disciplines and faculties, such as social sciences, humanities, theology, languages, engineering and natural sciences.
CMES aspires to produce cutting-edge research on the Middle East, which also informs our teaching and wider societal engagement. We are always actively seeking new research opportunities, synergies and collaboration also beyond academia. To learn more about current and previous research projects, please visit the CMES page in LU's research portal.
CMES currently hosts the following research projects:
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
After Uprising: MENA Youth Activism and Political Socialization in the Post-2011 (2022)
AI and Satellite Imagery in the Service of Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources (2019-2021)
AI in the Service of Socio-Politically Adapted Sustainable Dust-Storm Control in the Middle East (2021-2024)
Beyond Sacred/Secular Cities - Exploring Politics of Memory, Space, and Religion in Middle Eastern Nationalisms (2022-2025)
Climate Stress Syria (2020-2023)
Comparative Feminist Activism in the Middle East (2021-)
Comparative Water Resources Availability in the Middle East (2021-)
ECO-Syria: Exploring Conflict-Environment Interactions for Sustainable Development and Conservation (2023-2026)
EMME: Environmental Management in the Middle East (2018-2021)
FASTER: Farmers’ Adaptation Sustainability in Tunisia through Excellence in Research (2018-2021)
FIRE: Fighting Insurgency Ruining the Environment (2018-)
Gendering Peacemaking in the Middle East (2021-2023)
Hydrosolidarity, Ethics, and Conflict Resolution in International Water Governance (2021)
Investigating Swedish Democracy Promotion in the Middle East
Learning to Succeed: The Integration of the Children of Immigrants in Three Cities (ongoing)