Lecturer in International Relations,
University of Leeds


Areas of Expertise
Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict, Comparative Politics, Diplomacy, Fragile States, Global Governance, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Affairs, International Organizations, Multilateralism and Regimes, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Regional Specialization, The Global South, United Nations

After graduating in History and Modern Languages James Worrall moved on to postgraduate study specializing in International Relations gaining both an MA and PhD in the subject. Worrall’s teaching and research focuses on both IR and Security Studies and tends to be regionally focused on the Middle East, and especially the Gulf and Levant, although he also maintains a substantive interest in Africa.

He is particularly interested in sub-state conflict on the security side, as well as on post-conflict issues surrounding policing, state-building and reconstruction. While on the IR side Worrall works on issues of political economy and society in the Gulf States, as well as on regionalism and regional international organizations and their interactions with wider systems of global governance.

Recent Publications 
Worrall, J.E., Statebuilding and Counterinsurgency in Oman: Political, Military and Diplomatic Relations at the End of Empire (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014).

Worrall, J.E., International Institutions of the Middle East: The GCC, Arab League and Arab Maghreb Union (London: Routledge, 2015).

Worrall, J.E., (co-authored with Simon Mabon and Gordon Clubb), Hezbollah: From Islamic Resistance to Government (Santa Barbara, CA.: Praeger, 2015).

Worrall, J.E., ‘Reading Booth in Beirut: Is Hizbollah an Emancipatory Actor?’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 36, No. 3, (2013), pp.235-254. DOI:10.1080/1057610X.2013.755914

Worrall, J.E., ‘Oman: The “Forgotten Corner” of the Arab Spring’, Middle East Policy, Vol. 19, No. 3, (2012), pp.98-115. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4967.2012.00550.x

Worrall, J.E., ‘Bringing The Soil Back In: Control and Territoriality in Western and Non-Western COIN’ in Celeste Ward-Gventner, et al. (Eds.), The New Counter-Insurgency Era in Critical Perspective (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)


Updated, November 2014