Frédéric Volpi


  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

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Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World
The University of Edinburgh
16 George Square

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earned my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2000. Before coming to Edinburgh in 2018, I was in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. I also taught and researched at Sussex University, Bristol University, and Sciences Po. Paris.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Chair, Politics of the Muslim World, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students interested in critically investigating the contemporary dynamics of the Muslim world. PhD topics can be on detailed empirical investigations of specific local, national or transnational phenomena or on broader theoretical and comparative approaches to the Muslim world.

Research summary

My research is located at the interface between Islamic studies and political science. My work broadly engages contemporary issues of democratization and Islamism in the Muslim world, with a particular focus on North Africa.

Current research interests

I am interested in the process of mutual construction of religiosity and of politics though the interactions between Islamist actors and between Islamist and non-Islamist actors in changing socio-historical circumstances. Currently I am focusing on the construction of new identities via social mobilization in times of upheaval (uprisings, revolutions, etc.)

I am the editor in chief of the journal Mediterranean Politics

I am also the editor of the book series Routledge Advances in Mediterranean Politics