Tobias Zumbrägel

Tobias Zumbrägel studied Political Science, Islamic Studies and History at the Universities of Cologne, Tübingen and Cairo (Egypt). He holds a master in the joint program “Comparative & Middle East Politics and Society“ (CMEPS) from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and the American University in Cairo (AUC) (2013-2015). In 2015 he received a Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Grant by the ZEIT foundation and between 2016 and 2020, he was a research associate and PhD candidate at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. During this time, he conducted extensive field research in the Arab Gulf States and was a visiting fellow at the Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) and the Department for Gulf Studies at the Qatar University.

Focus & topics: Climate policy in the Arab world, digitalization and social change, authoritarian durability and persistence, international relations and security studies in West Asia and the Arabian Peninsula (WAAP), political legitimation and legitimacy in non-democratic regimes.




Selected Publications

  • The Looming Climate Peril. Sustainable Strategies and Environmental Activism in the Middle East and North Africa, CARPO Sustainability Study 01 (June 2020). Available online.
  • Beyond greenwashing: Sustaining power through sustainability in the Arab Gulf monarchies, in: Orient 61:1 (2020), pp. 28-35.
  • Kingdom of gravity: Autocratic promotion and diffusion in Saudi Arabia, in: Kneuer, Marianne / Demmelhuber, Thomas (ed.): Authoritarian Gravity Centres: A cross-regional study of authoritarian promotion and diffusion, Routledge: London (forthcoming).
  • Being green or being seen green? Strategies of eco regime resilience in Qatar?, in: Pouran, Hamid / Hakimian, Hassan (ed.): Environmental Challenges in the MENA Region The Long Road from Conflict to Cooperation, Chicago: The Gingko Library (2019), pp. 49-71.
  • & Marianne Kneuer / Thomas Demmelhuber / Raphael Peresson: Playing the regional card: why and how authoritarian gravity centres exploit regional organizations, in: Third World Quarterly 40:3 (2019), pp. 451-470.
Tobias Zumbrägel
Tobias Zumbrägel


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