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Mr Jerome Drevon, PhD Candidate

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Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs

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Jerome Drevon is a PhD Candidate at Durham University where he specialises in the study of Islamist armed groups in the Middle East. He has travelled extensively across the region and lived in Egypt, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territories and Syria. Before his PhD, he worked in several NGOs and research centres in Europe and in the Middle East. His research interests lie in Security Studies and Social Movement Studies and he is currently focusing on the evolution of Islamist armed groups in ideologies and practices. His PhD is centred in particular on the evolution of two Egyptian militant groups, the al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah(Islamic Group) and Jama'ah/Tandhim al-Jihad(the Jihad Group/Organisation). He interviewed most of their leaders and senior members during his stay in Egypt, as well as dozens of militants and sympathisers.

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Middle East Politics (80 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Journal papers: academic

  • Drevon, Jerome (Published). Democracy and Islamist Violence: Lessons from Post-Mubarak Egypt. Digest of Middle East Studies 23(1): 1-14.

Conference papers

  • Drevon, Jerome (2014), Organisationally Mediated Dynamics of Armed Violence in Egypt, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Glasgow, UK.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2014), The Diffusion of Transnational Salafi jihadi Ideas in Egypt, Fourth Global International Studies Conference. Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2013), Democracy and Islamist violence: Lessons from Post-Mubarak Egypt, Middle East Dialogue 2013, organised by The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO). Washington, USA.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2013), Renouncing Jihad? A New Interpretation of the Revisions of Islamist Armed Groups in Egypt, Islam and Conflict Transformation. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2013), The Adoption of a Salafi Jihadi Approach to Islam by Salafi Youths in Cairo, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Sciences Po Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2013), Towards a new approach to the study of the role of Islamist ideology in violent contexts, Middle East Studies Association (MESA). New Orleans, USA.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2012), A Social Movement Theory Study of Ex-”Jihadi” Political Parties in Egypt, Research Seminars at the School of Government and International Affairs. Durham University, Durham, UK.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2012), Ethical Commitments and the Security of the Interviewees in Political Violence Research, Conducting Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Reflexive Approaches to Practical Issues. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2012), The Adoption of Salafi Jihadi Positions by Salafi Youths in Cairo, Political Studies Association Graduate Network. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • Drevon, Jerome (2012), The Emergence of Ex-Jihadi Political Parties in Post-Mubarak Egypt, Changes and Continuity in the Middle East and Central Asia. Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

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