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Professor Emma Murphy, BSocSci, MA, PhD(Exon)

Professor of Political Economy in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45668
Room number: IM218, Al-Qasimi Building

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Having completed a PhD at Exeter University on the political economy of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Emma moved to Durham’s Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies as a British Academy post-doctoral Fellow in 1993, working on political and economic reform in Tunisia. She took up a lectureship post in 1995 and moved into the new School of Government and International Affairs in 2003, becoming a professor in 2007. As well as continuing her research on Tunisian political economy she has published widely on Middle East political economy and, more recently, on issues in global political economy such as food security and the spread of contemporary ICTs.

She has filled a variety of University roles including Deputy Head of Faculty (2002-05), Chair of Senate Academic Appeals Committee (2009-) and Honorary President of Durham University Charities Kommittee (2006-). She was a trustee and Secretary for the Universities Educational Trust for Palestine (1995-8), a member of the Board of Trustees for the Council for British Research on the Levant (2007-10) and a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education (2005-6). She is currently a member of the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework Sub-Panel 27 Area Studies, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing (2000) and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (2009). She is also co-editor of the journal Mediterranean Politics (IF 0.722, 72/157).

My research interests cover a broad spectrum of political economy issues in the Middle East, including information and communications technologies, food security, economic liberalisation, the Arab uprisings, and relations with the European Union.

List of doctoral students supervised by Emma Murphy who have successfully completed.

Research Groups

School of Government and International Affairs

  • Institutions and Political Behaviour

Research Projects

School of Government and International Affairs

Research Interests

  • Arab-Israeli conflict/politics
  • Information and communications technologies, new media in the Middle East
  • Political economy of North Africa
  • Political economy of the Middle East

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Economics: economic liberalisation
  • International: Defence & disputes: Arab-Israeli conflict & Palestinian issues
  • Africa: Arab-Israeli politics
  • Africa: North African affairs
  • Middle East: Arab-Israeli politics


Indicators of Esteem

  • ACSS: Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Co-editor of the peer-reviewed citation indexed journal Mediterranean Politics:

    Mediterranean Politics is the only refereed journal to focus on the politics, international relations and political economy of teh entire Mediterraean area. In its first impact ranking in 2009 it achieved an impact factor of 0.677, ranking 56 out of 112 journals in the Political Science category

    For more information, see

  • FRSA: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • International Election Observer - Tunisia 2011:

    In October 2011 Tunisia held its first genuinely democratic elections since independence in 1956. Emma Murphy was invited by the Carter Center to join its team of international election observers in her capacity as a regional expert.

  • Member of Area Studies Sub-Panel of REF:

Selected Grants

  • 2014: FW7 POWER2YOUTH, (€183,000).
  • 2013: CASAW (AHRC) Representations of Women After the Arab Spring (£12,000).
  • 2012: CASAW (AHRB) Youth: A Generational Narrative for Change (£22,700), 2012-2014.
  • 2011: CASAW (ESRC/AHRC/SFC) (£3,000).
  • 2006: AHRC/ESRC/HEFCE/SFC Language Based Area Studies Collaborative Centre Award, co-investigator, (£5,000,200).