Hannes Baumann is the departmental director for postgraduate research of the Department of Politics.
His main research interests are in international political economy, the political economy of development, and the politics of ethnicity and nationalism. His regional expertise is the Middle East. His particular concern is to bring the Middle East into international political economy (IPE). From 2014-2017 he conducted was the first comprehensive study of the political and economic effects of Gulf investment in non-oil Arab states with funding by the Leverhulme Trust.
Hannes is the author of “Citizen Hariri: Neoliberal politics in Lebanon” (Hurst: London, 2016/Oxford University Press: New York, 2017) He uses the political biography of Lebanese businessman-politician Rafiq Hariri (1944-2005) as a prism to examine how changes in global neoliberalism reshaped Lebanese politics. He has published in a variety of academic journals including Globalizations, Third World Quarterly, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and the Arab Studies Journal.
He has previously worked at SOAS, Georgetown University, King’s College London, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He uses his research background to teach courses on Middle East politics and international relations, international political economy, and the politics of development.
Hannes is interested in supervising PhD theses on Middle East politics and the politics of development.