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Oz Hassan

Dr. Oz Hassan FHEA FRSA is an Associate Professor in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick. He is currently working on the QNRF funded project Managing National Security Risk during and after the Blockade: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities for Qatar's Energy Sector, led by Georgetown University in Qatar. He was the primary investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders project entitled Transatlantic Interests and Democratic Possibility in a Transforming Middle East (2013-2016). The project analyses US and EU policy in Egypt, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia in order to access how "conflicts of interest" continue in the post-Arab Spring environment, and how these can be overcome to promote democracy.

Dr. Hassan is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), in recognition of his contributions to policy impact and commitment to finding practical solutions to social challenges. He is also an associate at LSE Ideas' on the United States International Affairs Programme and a former visiting scholar on the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. He has also held the position of chair of the US Foreign Policy Working group, which is Europe's largest academic grouping dedicated to the study of US foreign policy and subsequently served on its advisory committee. He was also a founding member of the British International Studies Magazine International Studies Today and served as the editor-in-chief for a two-year period.

Dr Hassan worked on the European Commission-funded Framework 7 Programme's EU-GRASP and GR:EEN. He joined PAIS in 2009, shortly before completing his ESRC funded doctoral research on US democracy promotion in the Middle East and North Africa. Subsequently, he completed his monograph, entitled Constructing America's Freedom Agenda for the Middle East: Democracy or Domination, after conducting extended research in the region. He has also spent considerable time living in Washington D.C. as a British Research Council Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center in The United States Library of Congress. His expertise has provided substantial interaction with the policy-making community both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Hassan's research is theoretically driven but empirically rich, which has led to numerous citations by policymakers, international media, and other stakeholders. Theoretically, Oz’s work has further developed a Constructivist Institutionalist (CI) methodology within a comparative framework, and state of the art qualitative research methods. As such, his methods include various forms and expertise in Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS), data visualization, and big data management and analysis. He has various qualifications in the uses of Artifical Intelligence, including machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. Innovations in this area have allowed Dr. Hassan to provide training both domestically and internationally to public and private companies.

Throughout his time at Warwick, Dr. Hassan has developed his research interests in American Foreign and Security Policy, European Foreign and Security Policy, Middle Eastern Politics, democratization theory, and constructivism in International Relations. This has resulted in the publication of a monograph, an edited special edition of the International Journal of Human rights, and multiple articles and book chapters.

See Oz's publications here


Teaching Information

Advice and Feedback Hours

Tuesday: 16:00-17:00

Friday: 14:00-15:00

Research Interests:

US Foreign Policy

EU & European Security

Transatlantic Relations

Middle Eastern Foreign & Security Policy

Domestic & International Terrorism
Critical Techno-Geopolitics
Democracy Promotion Theory and Practice

Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis

Trained in Specialist Research Software:


ProSuite (QDA Miner; WordStat; SimStat)

Azure Microsoft: Computer Analytics (certified) (Artificial Intelligence)

WEKA: Machine Learning (certified) (Data Mining and Machine Learning)

Research Grants and Funding:
  • Rutherford Strategic International Fellows 2017-18: Successful nomination of Dr Joachim Koops | Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, to develop research and teaching collaborations between PAIS and the VUB
  • ESRC Future Research Leaders Award: Transatlantic Interests and Democratic Possibility in a Transforming Middle East (£215000) 2013-2016
  • RCUK Global Uncertainties - ESRC-AHRC-DSTL Futures and Innovation: Science and Security - Research Impact and the Co-Production of Knowledge (£125,000) led by Stuart Croft, with George Christou, Jon Coaffee and Nick Vaughan-Williams; 2013-2015
  • The Compagnia di San Paolo: EUSPRING (€138500 of €500000) 2013-2015
  • ESRC Seminar Series: The Future of American Power (£17500 led by Adam Quinn the University of Birmingham) 2013-2015
  • Institute for Advanced Studies: Summer School on Practice-based Studies (£18000) 2013
  • US Embassy London: Early Career Day Funding (£2950) 2013
  • Institute for Advanced Studies: European Frontiers Fund (£4000) 2011
  • PAIS CARP Workshop Grant (£2000) 2011 & (£3500) 2012
  • ESRC/AHRC: British Research Council Fellowship at the Library of Congress (£6000) 2008
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Affiliations:
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) in recognition of contributions to the study of politics and substantial influence on policy-making.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.
  • Associate LSE Ideas United States International Affairs Programme.
  • Visiting Scholar (September 2013-2014) Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, Democracy and Rule of Law Program.
  • Research Fellow (July 2011 – July 2012) EU Framework 7 Programme Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks; The University of Warwick.
  • Research Fellow (September 2009 - June 2011) EU Framework 7 Programme Changing Multilateralism: The EU as a Global-Regional Actor in Security and Peace; The University of Warwick.
  • Research Assistant (July 2009 - September 2009) EU Framework 7 Programme Changing Multilateralism: The EU as a Global-Regional Actor in Security and Peace; The University of Warwick.
  • British Research Council Fellow (January-July 2008) John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • ESRC 1+3 Postgraduate Studentship, (September 2004 - June 2009) The University of Birmingham, UK.