Hannes Baumann’s main research interests are in the political economy of development and the politics of ethnicity and nationalism. His current research project is the first comprehensive study of the political and economic effects of Gulf investment in non-oil Arab states. The three-year project is funded 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 previously worked at SOAS, Georgetown University, King’s College London, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He has used his research background to teach courses on business and politics, ethnicity and nationalism in the Arab uprisings, international relations, and the politics of development.
Hannes is interested in supervising PhD theses on Middle East politics and the politics of development.