The Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies prides itself on its vibrant culture of research, nurtured by a thriving academic community of staff members, research students and visiting fellows. The recruitment of first-rate research students whose interests lie in one or more of the following sub-areas: Political Economy of the Middle East, Strategic and International Relations of the Middle East, Domestic Politics of the Middle East, Islamic Studies and whose chosen topics correlate with the research interests of staff members, remains one of the main priorities. Importance is also attached to the attraction of high calibre visiting fellows and many of international renown have joined us in this capacity. IMEIS staff have continue to enjoy the benefits of externally-funded research and interaction with visiting scholars, which help enrich the community as well as our research. Both research students and visiting fellows enjoy a wide range of facilities provided to facilitate and support research within the Institute, including: Access to Durham's library and archival holdings; access to the IT network and the wide range of online services provided; the provision of bursaries for travel to, and participation in, seminars and conferences at both national and international levels; participation in the active, researcher-led seminar series; and the existence of research support groups in the various research sub-areas.
IMEIS's range of specialists and its community of researchers are assisted in their research endeavours by robust support structures which encourage, maintain and monitor progress, and by as the existence of one of Europe's largest and best bibliographical, archival and documentation collections on the Middle East
As a measure of national and international standing in the field, staff are engaged in a wide range of invited and peer-driven external activities and are regularly called upon by the media (radio, television and newspapers from across the world) to provide expert commentary and advice.