I am a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews, where I am writing a thesis entitled "From Jihad-Making to State-Building: Evaluating, Explaining, and Comparing Governance by Salafi-Jihadist Insurgents".
The aim of my research project is to determine whether there is a specific model of Salafi-Jihadist insurgent governance, which differences and similarities it displays with non-Salafi-Jihadist insurgent governance, and what is the relationship between ideology and governance in the case of Salafi-Jihadist insurgent groups.
My doctoral research is funded by the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews.
I am also the researcher on Yemen and Syria for the Generating Respect Project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and carried out by Geneva Call and the University of York. The aim of the project is to examine how religious leaders influence the behaviours of state and non-state parties to armed conflicts and whether their religious interpretations can generate greater respect for humanitarian norms.
My areas of research are armed groups, rebel governance, Salafi-Jihadism, and civil wars. Geographically, my focus is on Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.
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