I have been employed at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies primarily in a teaching capacity since 2014. I have taught a wide range of Middle East related courses within the CMES master’s programme, as well as in the Middle East Studies bachelor’s programme offered at the Centre for Languages and Literature (SOL).
My research interests include international development efforts in the MENA region, looking specifically at the interplay between policy and practice. In particular, I study how various types of development cooperation policies – democracy promotion and natural resource management policies in particular – are interpreted and translated into efforts ‘on the ground’ by actors at different levels of the funding receiving chain.
I have focused on Scandinavian as well as European Union development policies to the Middle East in various capacities.
- Eklund, L. & Thompson, D. (2017). Differences in resource management affects drought vulnerability across the borders between Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Ecology and Society, 22. The Resilience Alliance.
- Thompson, D. & Teti, A. (2013). EU Democracy Assistance Discourse in the New Response To a Changing Neighbourhood. Democracy and Security, 9, 1-19. Taylor & Francis.
Conference contributions (2)
- Thompson, D. (2013). Liberalising Local Empowerment in Egypt: Foreign Funding and the Freedom to ‘Democratise’.
- Thompson, D. (2011). European Democracy Promotion: Positive Policies, Poor Practice.