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Fatima El Issawi


Reader in Journalism and Media Studies,University of Essex, UK

Dr Fatima el Issawi is a British Lebanese scholar and journalist. She is a Reader in Journalism and Media studies at the University of Essex’s Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS). 

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Francesco Cavatorta


Professor of Political Science,Université Laval, Québec (QC), Canada 

Francesco Cavatorta is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université Laval in Quebec, Canada. Since the outbreak of the Arab uprisings Professor Cavatorta has been part of numerous collaborative research projects attempting to explain the causes and consequences of the revolts.


Maâti Monjib

Professor of Contemporary History,University of Mohammed V-Rabat, Morocco

Maati Monjib is a Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Mohammed V-Rabat and a political analyst with extensive expertise in politics, media and social movements in Morocco and the MENA region in general.


Kjetil Selvik

Senior Research Fellow,Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Kjetil Selvik is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He holds a PhD in political science from SciencesPo in Paris. Selvik specializes in comparative politics and has extensive fieldwork experience from working in Iran and the Arab world.


Hossam Fazulla


Project Officer, Research Assistant  , University of Essex, UK.

Hossam Fazulla is a Researcher, writer, and filmmaker from Cairo, based in London. Fazulla’s work merges art & new media with human rights & social justice. He studied a postgraduate degree in English/Arabic Literature at Cairo university, and a Masters in Global Media from SOAS, University of London. Fazulla currently works as a researcher for BBC, London and University of Essex, department of Literature, Film, and Theatre studies.


Joshua Rigg

Research Officer, University of Essex, UK.

Joshua Rigg holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from SOAS, University of London. His PhD thesis, drawing on extensive fieldwork in Tunisia, examines the role of social movements in shaping the countries transitional politics. Rigg specializes in the contemporary politics of Tunisia, contentious politics in the MENA region and global political thought. 

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