In Spring Semester 2014, Karen Young, Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies, is on leave from AUS and is a visiting researcher at the Middle East Centre (MEC) of the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE), UK. In Summer 2013, Dr. Young was one of four AUS faculty members who spent six weeks at the MEC as part of the Visiting Faculty Fellowship program organized between the Gulf Studies Center at AUS and the LSE. Dr. Young was granted a fellowship to pursue an on-going research project on the political economy of the UAE.
Below, Dr. Young speaks about her time at the MEC.
How did the Visiting Faculty Fellowship impact your research?
LSE faculty and staff at the MEC were very supportive and welcoming. The center is a vibrant place with many events and programs on offer. It is a professionally managed research center with the resources and atmosphere that are conducive to productive work. The fellowship was a great opportunity to be in a different kind of research community, with the quietness and openness to write without interruption, while also being surrounded by researchers with similar interests. The links I've made with the Middle East Centre have created new opportunities for research and publication for myself, as well as for colleagues at AUS.
My book, The Political Economy of Energy, Finance and Security in the United Arab Emirates: Between the Market and the Majilis, is in production with Palgrave, UK, and due to be published in 2014. It is a case study of the UAE and its political economy, looking specifically at the finance, energy and security sectors: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=583053
A working paper that I completed while in residence was published by the LSE Middle East Centre in December 2013. It concerns changes in GCC foreign policy and security policy in recent years: “The Emerging Interventionists of the GCC,” by Dr. Karen E. Young. LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series / 02: http://www.lse.ac.uk/middleEastCentre/publications/Paper-Series/KarenYoungPaper.pdf
In addition, we conducted a workshop at LSE in late January 2014 between AUS and LSE scholars that we intend to lead to a publication of our research in the future.
How do you see your research developing in the future?
My research is expanding to include broader questions of foreign policy, aid and intervention in the GCC and broader Middle East. After the publication of my book, I hope to have two further papers in production this year related to new research.
Teresa Compton is a Grants Writer at the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at American University of Sharjah.