Lucia Ardovini is a Research Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). Her project focuses on the politics of contested spaces and on shifting notions of citizenship and belonging in the post Arab Uprisings Middle East. In particular, she is looking at contemporary challenges to the Nation State and to pre-conceived notions of sovereignty.
Her research interests include Political Islam, regime-society relations, interaction of formal and informal structures, environmental degradation, mass movements, and social transformations with unclear ends.
Lucia received her Ph.D in International Relations from Lancaster University in 2017. Her thesis was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and explored the Muslim Brotherhood’s political evolution and year-long rule in Egypt. She also works as an Associate Research Fellow at the Richardson Institute (UK).
Areas of Expertise: Political Islam, state-society relations, sovereignty and its challenges
• “The Politicization of Sectarianism in Egypt: ‘Creating an Enemy’ the State VS. the Ikhwan”, Global Discourse, Vol. 6, No. 4., (January 2017), pp. 579-600
• Profiling the Muslim Brotherhood: Radicalization and Extremism (September 2015), in Radicalization Research, at: http://www.radicalisationresearch.org/debate/ardovini-2015-muslim-brotherhood/
• [“People, Sects and States: Interrogating Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East”, Global Discourse, Vol. 6, No. 4., (January 2017), pp. 551-560 Co-Author: Dr. Simon Mabon
• [Edited Collection] “People, Sects and States: Interrogating Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East”, Global Discourse, Vol. 6, No. 4., (January 2017), pp. 551-732 Co-Author: Dr. Simon Mabon
• [Book Chapter] “The Muslim Brotherhood and Uncertainty: resistance, civil society, and politics”, (1 chapter of a 6 chapters book) in Minority Religions and Uncertainty (London: Routledge, September 2017)
• [Book] Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East (Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, September 2017)